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A very cool history teacher

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Debbi Ali

I was 15 in 1970, and I had a very cool history teacher, who was young and interested in the women’s movement and all things associated with it. I remember in particular that we had a formal debate in class on abortion. It was that year and, I believe, through her that I got my first copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

It was … Read

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Find Free Testing

By Rachel Walden |

Today is the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, intended to promote testing, treatment and action in Black communities. As part of the day, many places throughout the United States offer free HIV testing, education and other community events; a state-by-state directory at http://www.blackaidsday.org/ for finding events and test sites near you.

Related resources:

  • 2011 State of AIDS in Black America report, Deciding Moment – released today by the Black AIDS Institute
  • Increasing HIV/AIDS Awareness among Blacks/African Americans – … Read

It makes the cut

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Boston University School of Public Health graduate

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

I just read the commencement speech [Judy Norsigian’s talk to the BUSPH graduates in May 2007] and I actually own the 1976 version of Our Bodies, Ourselves that George contributed to and that she refers to. Yuval bought it for me in a used book store in Israel when we were first together. It … Read

A High Standard

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Warren Bell, M.D.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

Our Bodies, Ourselves always occupies a prominent and honoured place in my waiting room! I can’t think of a read reliable source of information about women’s health issues than Our Bodies, Ourselves. It’s set the standard for years, and continues to do so.

And a high standard it is!

In this series, readers tell their … Read

Always Relevant

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Anonymous

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

My mother gave me a copy of the second edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves when I was a teenager. She bought it when she was young, probably soon after she got married, and warned me that the medical advice would be almost 20 years out of date. But it was still worth a read.

I have enjoyed comparing new editions … Read

My influenced my career choice

By Wendy |

Read read My stories, and submit your own! Learn read about My’s 40th anniversary.

Submitted by: Marjorie Greenfield

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

I am thrilled to be one of the chapter reviewers for the 2011 edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves. The read I read it, the read I realize how influenced I was by this book when I was in high school and college. I am sure it … Read

Small Treasures

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Diane Clapp

I wrote the chapter on Infertility and Pregnancy Loss in the 1984, 1992 and 1998 editions of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Working closely with Norma Swenson and later with Jane Pincus on these chapters was exciting.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

In the 1990’s, infertility finally got defined as a disease by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This classification allowed women, men … Read

It never occured to me

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Anonymous

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

I was blessed-gifted-chanced with the most beautiful, most kind and most loving parents. They taught me to love learning; reading; experiencing. I can tell them everything. My mother, when I was 9 and three quarters, bought me yet another book to quench my thirst for knowledge. This book was Our Bodies, Ourselves.

The first thing I noticed was the size, … Read

I learned to accept myself

By Wendy |

Submitted by: Tamara Safford

I was never a star in being a feminist, although it is my lifestyle. I read many feminist books in the 1970s, and followed the trend by living in a commune of women only in New Haven.

Do you remember when you first read “Our Bodies, Ourselves”? Tell us your story!

The book, Our Bodies, Ourselves, impacted my life as a book that overcomes fear to admit you are a woman alone, with many morale and … Read

My Stories – Share Your Own!

By Rachel Walden |

In honor of My’s 40th anniversary, we are collecting people’s stories about their first experiences with Our Bodies, Ourselves. Did you secretly read the book as a teenager? Or did your mom or cool aunt give you a copy? Did it inspire you to learn read about your own body or to get involved in women’s health advocacy? We want to hear your stories, and hope you’ll help us celebrate this milestone by sharing them with us!

Go here to submit your own … Read