Our Bodies, Our Blog

the book that finally answered so many questions

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Submitted by: Vanessa Antrum

My means information to me. Years ago, I remember purchasing the book that finally answered so many questions for me I couldn’t believe it. I brought one for my friends because I wanted them to have the same knowledge base of questions we dare not ask others.

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its impact on their lives. You can view read stories and submit your own.

An amazing resource to have…

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Submitted by: Denise Larocque

I think this book is an amazing resource to have, as an Aboriginal Traditional Midwife in progress I have opened it many times. As for personal use I felt relieved when I could read about lesbian issues and menopause questions.I looked up contraceptive pros and cons and find its content helpful in empowering women to take the first step in their own health, because it is their bodies, and so it’s only proper that they know it best.

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Body, mind, and soul

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Submitted by: Heather Reiners

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” means empowerment, learning honestly about my body and knowledge to make decisions that are meaningful to me. As a women’s studies major just graduating this May My has supporting my life’s mission in bringing education to girls and women on not only their bodies, but their ’body, mind, and soul’!

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its impact on their lives. You can view read … Read

Seeking Photo for the New “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Calling all out and proud African American lesbians! Due to a last-minute replacement, we need a photo, specifically of one or read couples, for the new edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” scheduled for publication in October.

If you think you have a great shot, and know you can gather permissions by 5 P.M. TUESDAY, JUNE 14, please email the photo to [email protected]

Everyone in the photo needs to be willing to sign a release giving permission for it to appear in the Sexual Orientation chapter. We’ll also … Read

Access to Abortion as a Health Disparities Issue

By Rachel Walden |

A recent Guttmacher piece reported that from 2000 to 2008, abortion rates in the United States declined – except among poor women, who “accounted for 42% of all abortions in 2008, and their abortion rate increased 18% between 2000 and 2008, from 44.4 to 52.2 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44.”

A commentary in the May issue of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved focuses on the barriers faced by poor and minority women in obtaining abortions … Read

Judge Set to Hear Arguments in Indiana Planned Parenthood Funding Case

By Rachel Walden |

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) recently signed a bill into law that would prevent any clinics that also provide abortions from receiving Medicaid funds for non-abortion services such as family planning.

In response, the federal Department of Health and Human Services sent state officials a letter stating that “Medicaid programs may not exclude qualified health care providers from providing services that are funded under the program because of a provider’s scope of practice.” In other words, states can’t refuse to let a … Read

“Reel Grrls” Empowers Young Women to Create Videos, Take on Corporate Giants

By Rachel Walden |

You might have missed the internet dust-up, but the story is a cool one – a Seattle group that helps young women learn media production had its funding from Comcast cut after the company saw this tweet:

[blackbirdpie url=”http://.com/#!/reelgrrls/status/68813752337825794″]

In response, a Comcast VP of communications reportedly sent the group a message saying the corporation could no longer fund the group’s summer program.

Perhaps evidence that you shouldn’t mess with grrls learning media skills, the group went public with the message and generated sympathetic media coverage … Read

DES: A Story of Doctors Not Knowing Best

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by Susan Bell

Forty years ago, the New England Journal of Medicine published an article about the synthetic estrogen DES that is now recognized as a watershed in the annals of medicine.

The authors of the study, physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, reported an association between DES – a prescription “wonder drug” intended to prevent miscarriages – and vaginal cancer in women who were just 15 to 22 years old. From the 1940s to the 1970s, between 5 and 10 million pregnant women and … Read