From 'Filthy Trash' to Iconic Resource: 'Our Bodies, Ourselves' at 40

May 21, 2024 October 5, 2011

The landmark women’s health handbook was filled with sometimes graphic information about the most intimate aspects of women’s lives. It was revolutionary in its candid discussions — and depictions — of the specifics of sex, birth control, childbirth, lesbianism and other formerly taboo topics.

In 1971, the first “Our Bodies, Ourselves” book sold 250,000 copies. Today, it is available in 25 languages and has sold more than 4 million copies.

Read the full story: From ‘Filthy Trash’ to Iconic Resource: ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ at 40 by Jacque Wilson