The New York Times prominently featured Our Bodies Ourselves in a recent video story on women’s bodies in popular culture, crediting OBOS’s co-founders with creating an “owner’s manual for women” that underscored the importance of taking control of your reproductive and sexual health.
The issues we fought for then – namely, access to evidence-based information and the right to make our own reproductive choices – are again center stage. Consider, as The New York Times did, the popularity of the novel-turned-television series “The Handmaid’s Tale” and why it resonates today: Our rights are being denied while inaccurate and politically biased information about women’s bodies is pushed forth, especially in debates around health care.
As a member of the Our Bodies Ourselves community, you know that each day we awake to new threats to our health and lives. You also know that OBOS has a long record of providing accurate health information. Today we ask you to join our efforts to create a new, interactive digital platform that will enable users to collect, save, and share vetted information on specific health topics – a curated “packet” tailored to individual interests and needs. Resources will include articles, images, audio, and videos.
This new OBOS platform will amplify and connect the work of educators, clinicians, and groups at the forefront of movements advocating for reproductive and social justice. Information will be available in multiple languages, starting with selections from the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” books published worldwide.
Our understanding of health, sexuality, gender, and reproductive justice has changed over the years, with an expanded idea of who “women” are (including cisgender, transgender, and non-binary). We will ensure that the platform takes an intersectional approach that centers on the leadership and needs of those who have been on the margins. And, as always, we will value women’s voices and experiences.
Fact-based health information free from political and commercial influence, delivered from a feminist perspective and incorporating women’s stories – it was a revolutionary idea in 1970. Sadly, it still is.
As we near the end of a tumultuous year in politics, I hope that you will help us to ensure that much-needed information is not only freely available but is made relevant to diverse communities and to upcoming generations. Please make a tax-deductible donation today.
P.S. We’re in a unique position to deliver fact-based health information from a feminist perspective. We’ve been here before, and we can do it again. But we can’t do it without your help. Join us!