1984 Edition: Table of Contents & Contributors

The New Our Bodies, Ourselves (1984)

Cover of the 1984 edition of "Our Bodies, Ourselves"

Preface/Introduction: Jane Pincus and Joan Ditzion

I  TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES

Introduction: Wendy Sanford, with special thanks to Nancy P. Hawley and Jane Pincus.

1. Body Image 
By Wendy Sanford, with special thanks to the women of Boston Self-Help, including Frances Deloatch, Mary Fitzgerald, Jean Gillespie, Oce, Rosemarie Ouilette, Marsha Saxton and Janna Zwerner; and to Joan Lastovica, Judith Stein, Nancy Hawley, Esther Rome, Jane Pincus and Jill Wolhandler.

2. Food
By Esther Rome, with special thanks to Marsha Buttman and Vivian Mayer. This chapter in previous editions was called “Nutrition and the Food We Eat” and was written by Judy Norsigian.

3. Alcohol, Mood-Altering Drugs and Smoking
By Marian Sandmaier.

4. Women in Motion
By Janet Jones, with special thanks to Pat Lyga, Judith Stein and all the wonderful women who shared their experiences, feelings, thoughts, hard work and dreams, and so made this chapter possible. This chapter in previous editions was written by Janet Jones and Carol McEldowney.

5. Health and Healing: Alternatives to Medical Care
By Pamela Berger and Nancy P. Hawley, with Jane Pincus, with special thanks to Rose Dobosz, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Pamela Pacelli, Billie Pivnik and Susan Reverby.

6. Psychotherapy
By Nancy P. Hawley, with Wendy Sandford, with special thanks to Judy Norsigian and Norma Swenson.

7. Environmental and Occupational Health
By Patricia Logan (environmental health) and Letitia Davis, Marian Marbury, Laura Punnett, Margaret Quinn, Cathy Schwartz and Susan Woskie, from Mass COSH Women’s Committee (occupational health). With special thanks to Judy Norsigian, the Shalan Foundation, and the thousands of women around the country working in community groups and fighting toxics.

8. Violence Against Women
By Dina Carbonell, Lois Glass, Suzanne Gosselin, Carol Mamber and Jill Stanzler, all members of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (rape, battering, incest, and child abuse); Alice Friedman, Margarat Lazarus, Lynn Rubinett, Lena Sorensen, Denise Wells and Nancy Wilbur, all members of Alliance Against Sexual Coercion (introduction, sexual harassment, and actvism sidebar); Terrie Antico (self-defense); Wendy Sanford (prostitution), with special thanks to Freada Klein, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Andrea Fischgrund. This chapter is an expansion of previous chapters on rape, written by Gene Bishop, Roxanne Hynek and Judy Norsigian; and self-defense, written by Janet Jones and Carol McEldowney.

II  RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITY

Introduction
By Wendy Sanford, with Paula Brown Doress.

9. Working Toward Mutuality: Our Relationships with Men
By Paula Brown Doress and Peggy Nelson Wegman, with special thanks to Catherine Cobb Morocco, Sandy Rosenthal and Elizabeth Matz. This chapter in previous editions was called “Living with Ourselves and Others — Our Sexual Relationships,” by Paula Brown Doress and Nancy P. Hawley.

10. Loving Women: Lesbian Life and Relationships
By the Lesbians Revision Group, including Barbara A. Burg, Loly Carrillo, Sasha Curran, J.W. Duncan, Buffy Dunker, Deanna Forist, D. Hamer, B.J. Louison, Judy Norris, Gwendolyn Parker, Mariana Romo-Carmona, Lynn Scott, Ann Shepardson, and several women who must, with sadness and anger, remain anonymous to protect our jobs, family relations, living situations or parenthood. With special thanks to the Cambridge Women’s Center for use of their archives, Jill Wolhandler, the Lesbian Mothers Group (at the Cambridge Women’s Center), and to the hundreds of lesbian women who wrote letters in response to the previous lesbian chapter. This chapter in previous editions was called “In Amerika They Call Us Dykes” and was written by a Boston Gay Collective.

11. Sexuality
By Wendy Sanford, with Nancy P. Hawley and Elizabeth McGee. With special thanks to Paula Brown Doress, Jane Pincus, Janice Irvine, Bonnie Engelhardt, Shere Hite, and the women of Boston Self-Help, including Frances Deloatch, Mary Fitzgerald, Jean Gillespie, Oce, Rosemarie Ouilette, Marsha Saxton, Janna Zwerner and Joan Lastovica. This chapter in previous editions was written by Jenny Mansbridge, Ginger Goldman, Nancy London, Nancy Hawley, Elizabeth McGee and Wendy Sanford.

Ill  CONTROLLING OUR FERTILITY

Introduction
Based on the work of Joan Ditzion and Janet Golden

12. Anatomy and Physiology of Sexuality and Reproduction
By Esther Rome, with special thanks to Nancy Reame. This chapter in previous editions was written by Abby Schwarz, Esther Rome, Nancy Hawley, Barbara Perkins and Toni Randall.

13. Birth Control
By Susan Bell, with special thanks to Judy Norsigian, Pamela Morgan, Ruth Bell and Susan Reverby. This chapter in previous editions was written by Abby Schwarz, Nancy Hawley, Pamela Berger, Wendy Sanford, Barbara Perkins and Ruth Bell.

14. Sexually Transmitted Diseases
By Mary Crowe with Judy Norsigian, with special thanks to Hilde Armour, William McCormick, Esther Rome, Pam White and Paul Wiesner. This chapter in previous editions was called “Venereal Disease” and was written by Esther Rome and Fran Ansley.

15. If You Think You Are Pregnant: Finding Out and Deciding What to Do
By Jane Pincus and Jill Wolhandler.

16. Abortion
“Physical and Emotional Aspects of Abortion” by Jill Wolhandler, with Ruth Weber. “Abortion History and Politics” by Trude Bennett, with Jill Wolhandler. With special thanks to Vickie Alexander, Diane Balser, Terry Courtney, Margie Fine, Linda Gordon, Debra Krassner, Jane Pincus, Meredith Tax, and members of the Reproductive Rights Action Group at Brooklyn College. This chapter in previous editions was written by Carol Driscoll, Nancy P. Hawley, Elizabeth McGee, Pamela Berger and Wendy Sanford.

17. New Reproductive Technologies
By Ruth Hubbard, with Wendy Sanford. With special thanks to Gena Corea.

IV  CHILDBEARING

Introduction
By Jane Pincus. This introduction in previous editions was written by Jane Pincus and Robbie Pfeufer.

18. Pregnancy
By Jane Pincus, with Norma Swenson and Bebe Poor. With special thanks to Jenny Fleming, Linda Holmes and Becky Sarah. This chapter in previous editions was written by Ruth Bell and Jane Pincus.

19. Childbirth
By Jane Pincus, with Norma Swenson.  With special thanks to Jenny Fleming, Judy Luce and Becky Sarah. This chapter in previous editions was called “Prepared Childbirth” and was written by Ruth Bell and Nancy P. Hawley.

20. Postpartum
By Dennie Wolf and Mary Crowe. With special thanks to Robbie Pfeufer. This chapter in previous editions was written by Paula Doress, Vilunya Diskin, Esther Rome and Marty Ruedi.

21. Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
By Diane Clapp, with Norma Swenson. With special thanks to Resolve, Inc. This chapter in previous editions was called “Some Exceptions to the Normal Childbearing Experience” and was written by Jane Pincus and Barbara Eck Menning.

V  WOMEN GROWING OLDER

22. Women Growing Older 
By Paula Brown Doress, with Norma Meras Swenson, Robin Cohen, Mickey Friedman, Lois Harris and Kathleen MacPherson. With special thanks to Edith Fletcher, Ruth Hubbard, Barbara Krentzman, Lucile Longview Schuck, Anna Shenke, Anne Smith (all members of the Older Women’s Group) and to Marian Saunders and Diana Siegal. “Menopause” by Louise Corbett, with special thanks to Tish Anisimov, Davi Birnbaum, Lorraine Doherty, Ruth Hubbard, Kathleen MacPherson, Audrey Michaud, Josephine Polk-Matthews and Diana Siegal (all members of the Menopause Collective). The “Menopause” chapter in previous editions was written by Meg Hickey, Irene Davidson, Pamela Berger and Judy Norsigian.

VI  SOME COMMON AND UNCOMMON HEALTH AND MEDICAL PROBLEMS

23. Some Common and Uncommon Health and Medical Problems  
All sections below are by Mary Crowe, except where otherwise indicated. Most sections are based on work by Sarah Berndt, Edith Butler-Hallstein, Alice Downey, Susan Keady, Sandra Malasky and Betty Mitchell (all of the New Hampshire Feminist Health Center).

“Introduction” by Wendy Sanford, with Norma Swenson; “Breast Cancer” and “Breast Problems” by the Breast Cancer Study Group: Laurie Ansorge, Cheri DesMarais, Jane Jewell, Elana Klugman, Annette Rosen, Jane Hyman Wegscheider and Nancy Zimmet, with special thanks to Craig Henderson, Rose Kushner and Norma Swenson; “Introduction to Cancer” by Jane Jewell; “Cervix” with Adele Clark; “DES” by Kris Brown, DES Action; “Endometriosis” by Jane Pincus, based on a work by the Endometriosis Association; “Heart Disease and Stroke” by Sheryl Ruzek, with Norma Swenson; “Hysterectomy and Oophorectomy” by Mary Crowe, Edith Bjornson Sunley and Julia Doyle Sukenik, based on work by Edith Butler-Hallstein; “Pelvic Inflammatory Disease” by Debi Mulligan, with special thanks to Attila Toth, Connie Brooks and Ruth Tuomala; “Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” by Barbara Horgan and Kathleen Quinlan.

With special thanks to Norma Swenson, Judy Norsigian, Nora Coffee, Carol Englander, Craig Henderson, Jeanne Hubbuch, William Kaden, Rose Kushner, Charlotte Mayerson, Maryann Napoli, Gina Prenowitz and Leslie Walleigh. This chapter in previous editions was called “Common Medical Problems and Practices” and was written by Terry Thorsos, Judy Norsigian, Meg Hickey and Norma Swenson  

VII  WOMEN AND THE MEDICAL SYSTEM

24. The Politics of Women and Medical Care
By Hilary Salk, Wendy Sanford, Norma Swenson and Judith Dickson Luce. “Our Rights as Patients” by Sherry Leibowitz and Joan Rachlin. With special thanks to David Banta, Gene Bishop, Mary Fillread, Mary Howell, Judy Norsigian, Sheryl Ruzek and Karen Wolf. This chapter in previous editions was called “The American Health Care System” and “Choosing and Using Health and Medical Care” and was written by Barbara Perkins, Lucy Candib, Nancy Todd, Mary Stern and Norma Swenson.

25. Organizing for Change: U.S.A.
By Judy Norsigian, with Jane Pincus. With special thanks to all the groups who sent us descriptions of their history, projects and ways of working together. This chapter in previous editions was called “Coping, Organizing, and Developing Alternatives,” written by Norma Swenson.

26. Developing an International Awareness
By Vilunya Diskin. With special thanks to Norma Swenson, Judy Norsigian, Anita Anand, Asoka Bandarage, Elizabeth Coit, Jane Cottingham, Marilee Karl, Una MacLean, and Annie Street.