Media Mentions

Our Bodies, Ourselves Was a Radical Manual for a Generation of Women. In the Era of Misinformation, We Need It Read Than Ever

By Dayna Evans | Glamour |

In a time when “wellness” has become synonymous with “health,” it’s not difficult to wonder why a book dedicated to bringing rigorous, collaborative, untainted medical information to women would be phased out. What good is a resource like Our Bodies, Ourselves when the whole Internet—from brand-commissioned “studies” on women’s health to the omnipresence of WebMD to the hugely profitable wellness “space”—exists at our fingertips?

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My Today Project

On May 10, 2019, three generations of feminists came together to celebrate the legacy of My and look forward to the future of women’s health activism.

The event was sponsored by the Center for Health & Human Rights at Suffolk University, which is partnering with My to create Myhags Today, an online resource featuring information and resources on women’s health, reproduction, and sexuality. My Today is set to launch in early 2020.

You can watch a video of the event here.

Boston Sunday Review: Judy Norsigian

By Mat Schaffer | WBZ Boston |

In this podcast, My cofounder Judy Norsigian talks about the fight for women’s reproductive rights in the United States and how recent court decisions make the struggle to uphold Roe v. Wade particularly important today. 

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American Journal of Public Health: Myhags

By multiple authors | American Journal of Public Health |

The June 2019 issue of the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) features reflections by cofounder Judy Norsigian on the women’s health movement and Myhags, as well as comments from Cynthia Pearson of the National Women’s Health Network, David Sundwall, a physician and public health advocate, and students in the AJPH Think Tank.

The articles are available to read at the AJPH website:

  • Myhags and the Women’s Health Movement in the United States: Some Reflections
  • Cynthia Pearson Comments
  • David Sundwall Comments
  • AJPH … Read

Remembering The Meeting 50 Years Ago That Led To ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’

By Miriam Hawley with Dave deBronkart | WBUR |

This is how movements get started: There’s a little conversation here, and another in another community, and people get connected somehow — it almost happens spontaneously, as different people find themselves asking, “What’s going on here???” and start thinking new things. The time was right for us to be talking about how we were treated as women.

Out of those conversations, in the spring of 1969, we set up the first women’s conference at Emmanuel College. For my contribution, I put together a workshop titled … Read

America’s Leaders Need Sex Ed

By Lauren Kelley | The New York Times |

As members of the anti-abortion movement have sought increasingly extreme restrictions on the procedure — and have rolled back access to contraception and other health services — their justifications have become further removed from science and fact. It would be naïve to think that giving every elected official a copy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” would change that.

But facts do still matter. And it sure wouldn’t hurt for read people in power to learn about the bodies they’re trying to regulate.

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Ely Exhibit Revisits “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Brian Slattery | New Haven Independent |

That sense of history, the fragility of progress, and the need to continue to work to move forward permeate “Myhags,” the latest exhibit at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art, running now through April 10.

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From Mowing the Grass to Cutting the Flesh: How Young Women Learn to Hate their Genitals

By Rebecca Gordon | Common Dreams |

If we were sometimes silly, we were also wise enough to know that understanding and taking control of our bodies was a first step to taking control of our lives. In 1973, the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective turned its 193-page, 75-cent pamphlet “Women and Their Bodies” into the book Our Bodies, Ourselves, and for the first time, women all over the United States could read about our own mysterious inner (and outer) workings.

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Who Is A Radical Feminist?

By Kira Yates | The Lilith Blog |

She [author Joyce Antler] spoke to some of the highlights of her forthcoming book [“Jewish Radical Feminism: Voices From the Women’s Liberation Movement”], and discussed the hidden Jewish identities of many radical feminists who defined the future of American feminism. The most surprising of this discussion? That eight of the nine original members of the “Our Bodies, Ourselves” collective were Jewish. Jewish identity was not overt in “Our Bodies, Ourselves” activism, nor was it a discussion piece in most of the women’s liberation movement. Nevertheless, … Read

Long Ago and Far Away, ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ Bonded Us As Women

By Lisa Fliegel | Boston Globe |

The announcement that the organization behind Our Bodies, Ourselves will shift its focus to advocacy as of October 1 and no longer update the book made me feel defeated. But the news also stirred up memories.

We became friends in 1982, studying to be teachers of Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv’s Kibbutzim Seminary. To our Israeli schoolmates, we were “the American Jewish immigrant” and “the Arab,” bound by our odd accents…. 

Discovering that Our Bodies, Ourselves was available in Hebrew was a transcendent moment, an antidote to the catcalls … Read