'Our Bodies, Ourselves' at 40

June 15, 2024

Los Angeles Times November 21, 2011

“Much has changed in the United States since the first edition,” the introduction to “OBOS” acknowledges, “when abortion was illegal, birth control was not widely available and the few available texts on women’s health and sexuality — almost all written by men — discounted women’s experiences and perspectives.”

And it’s true that there’s a lot more information out there in 2011. On the other hand, the editorial team that assembled this revised edition believes that “far too often, corporate and pharmaceutical interests influence medical research, information, and care, and contribute to the unnecessary medicalization of women’s bodies and lives.”

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