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So many excellent conversations…

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Submitted by: Cheryl de Jong-Lambert

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

The thought of My immediately brings to mind so many excellent conversations with girlfriends the world over. Today, the ”Pregnancy and Birth” volume in particular means having a son named after my husband’s maternal family, and a daughter named after my grandmother.

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its … Read

Lesbians! Labias! Yeast infections!

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Submitted by: Nancy Goldstein

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

I’ve had My on my shelves since 1972 (I was 11) and even before, I’m pretty sure. It was the first place I could look up all sorts of things I couldn’t say aloud, or wanted to find out about privately (lesbians! labias! yeast infections!), and one of first places where I could hear other women’s voices talking about all of this … Read

I first read My in 1971, my senior year of high school …

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Submitted by: Harvey Kliman

I first read My in 1971, my senior year of high school. Being the oldest of four boys I was always intrigued with the mystery of girls, especially the menstrual cycle, which may explain why I became an ob/gyn and now do research on the endometrium at Yale.

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

The creative link for our work on orgasm, menstruation and endometriosis came directly from … Read

My go-to resource for any questions I couldn’t ask out loud

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Submitted by: Margaret Park Bridges

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

My was born in 1971, just as I entered womanhood and turned 14. It became my go-to resource for any questions I couldn’t ask out loud. I had no idea it was as revolutionary a book as it was at the time. I’m not sure where I would have turned to get the straight talk and detailed answers it provided!

In … Read

A sex education refresher: “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

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Submitted by: Kim Comatas

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

I teach OWL (, a sexuality education curricula) and at the end of each session, we give each participant a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” What that means is priceless. It means the seven months we volunteered teaching youth will now be refreshed everytime they open that book. They will remember that sex can be positive and … Read

U.S. Trends in Midwife-Attended Births

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A in the March/April 2011 issue of The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (from the American College of Nurse-Midwives) describes trends in the percentage of U.S. births attended by midwives from 1989 to 2007.

Author Eugene Declercq looked at birth certificate records through the CDC’s tool. Of course, it is possible (as the author notes) that there may be some misclassification, missing data, or other errors associated with birth certificate data. With that in mind, the findings were … Read

Our go-to bible for information

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Submitted by: Ellen Silver Highfield

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

I was introduced to My in 1973 as a freshman at BU.  I had joined (that very new thing!) a Women’s Group.  It was the recommended reading, and became our go-to bible for information.  I always loved the clear, no non-sense, no beating around the bush information which was totally a new approach for me.  I felt very hip knowing … Read

My caused a paradigm shift in my thinking…

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Submitted by: Sandy Iredale

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

When I was young (read: naïve) about 35 years ago, I had internalized a set of faith-based instructions about how the world worked and how I was to conduct myself in it.

Exposure to the well-written, well-researched articles in “Our Bodies, Ourselves” caused a paradigm shift in my thinking, in my soul, to the core of me. Empowered by the (then) radical idea … Read

A mirror is one of my most important medical tools

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Submitted by: Alice Rothchild

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

Starting in 1970, I was a medical student (one of about 10 women in a class of over 100) at Boston University and just discovering women’s consciousness raising and the feminist movement. I worked on the first edition of My and it became the touchstone of my political development. When I opened my first obgyn/pediatric group practice in the inner city, every … Read

I had never heard the word clitoris…

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Submitted by: Anonymous

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

I first read My at a women’s group meeting my sophoread year in college.  I was 19 years old, and had never heard the word clitoris.  I owe my first orgasm to My picture, description, and encouragement for self pleasuring.  Throughout the years, I have bought countless copies of My for birthday presents for 16 year old women in my life — and … Read