Our Bodies, Ourselves
Publication Date: October 2011
Chosen as a Library Journal Best Book of 2011
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This edition — the most recent one — focuses on women’s reproductive health and sexuality. It includes dozens of personal stories and essential, up-to-date information about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause, menopause, health issues such as breast and ovarian cancers, and sexuality and sexual health as we age.
The book also features stories from OBOS’s Global Network partners who engage in public health outreach and advocacy, often at great risk, using materials they developed based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”
Hundreds of writers and reviewers collaborated to ensure the book’s accuracy and comprehensiveness, resulting in an essential text that provides evidence-based information and addresses the political, economic and social forces that shape women’s health.
- Read the introduction
- View the table of contents and list of contributors by chapter
- Find out how 52 OBOS fans ended up on the cover
- Learn how a virtual conversation changed the relationships and sexuality chapters
- Meet the contributors
Many excerpts from the book are posted online.
Praise for the 2011 edition
“The new edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” offers a relatable voice to help make the very confusing reality of health and sexuality as a girl easier to navigate. In a world that doesn’t always offer girls such honesty, the new edition of OBOS makes me optimistic about the awareness and attitude of this generation of women and girls. My brain was fist pumping the whole way through.”
— Tavi Gevinson, editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine
“This flawlessly updated edition does justice to the legacy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” which has been synonymous with women’s empowerment for the past 40 years. Incredibly detailed, empowering, and enriched by the extremely diverse opinions and positions of its collaborators, this should be on the bookshelves of women young and old worldwide!”
— Nancy Redd, author of “Body Drama” and “Diet Drama”
“OBOS is the most important resource on women’s health ever written by and for women. It teaches every woman how to take charge of her own body and helps us all became well-informed health care consumers.”
— Loretta Ross, founder and the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective
“This revamped edition of OBOS shows just how far we’ve come in the women’s health movement. The level of inclusiveness of my community — those of us who are queer, trans or gender non-conforming — was really remarkable, and a big step forward for a women’s health institution. Even simply running through the biographies of the participants of the relationships chapter shows how far this book has come, and how better we understand the true diversity of our community in terms of identity but also lifestyle. We are all very different, but our experiences have common threads that this edition of OBOS so beautifully highlights.
If this had been the edition that my mom gave me as a pre-teen my life and coming of age would have been so different and much less confusing. Demonstrating what a diverse and incredible community has arisen around this book, the voices and perspectives really span the gamut, allowing every reader to find their experiences reflected within these pages. It artfully lays out the reality of women’s health as a political issue — one that goes way beyond simply understanding how our bodies work. The 40th anniversary edition really proves that education is a radical act and that sharing our struggles, triumphs and stories can ultimately change the world.”
— Miriam Zoila Perez, Editor, Feministing.com, Founder, Radicaldoula.com, and recipient of the Barbara Seaman Award for Activism in Women’s Health