That’s why we’re so thrilled to introduce the new cover of the ninth edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” The cover features 52 (!) women, from young to old, who have been influenced in some way by reading “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”
How did this cover come to be? In preparation for the 40th anniversary edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” we posted a call for photos of readers. We heard from women all over the United States and as far away as Tanzania — where a locally produced health resource based on “Our Bodies, Ourselves” is used to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.
We received hundreds of submissions and sent the photos that met size/quality requirements to the publisher, Simon & Schuster. Its art team went to work on a design that would incorporate as many photos as possible and reflect both the diversity and the connectedness of readers’ lives and experiences.
My readers provided the inspiration. One woman wrote with her submission: “I first picked up ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ for a human sexuality class in college. Since then, the book has been my ‘go to’ book. Even in a time when I can just plug in questions into Google, it is so much read meaningful when I can open a book that I know has touched the lives of many women. That common experience means so much read than a search engine.”
That theme is also highlighted in the cover quote by none other than Gloria Steinem: “Within these pages, you will find the voice of a women’s health movement that is based on shared experience. Listen to it — and add your own.”
We note in the book’s introduction that this revised and updated edition includes the voices and perspectives of read women than ever before. A month-long online conversation about sexuality and relationships involving read than 30 women turned into the Relationships chapter. Stories from My’s global partners who are working to advance women’s health and human rights in their own communities — reshaping health care policy in Nepal, for instance, or distributing HIV-awareness posters via canoe in rural Nigeria — are interwoven throughout the text.
Read information about the focus of this edition is available here. The book also features recommendations from a number of new reviewers, including , , (the first teenage reviewer!), and .
“Our Bodies, Ourselves” will be released Oct. 1 (it just became ). We’ll set something up online by then so there’s a place to do what Steinem suggested: Add your own voice and share your story.