In Celebration of the Women of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Ruth McCambridge | Nonprofit Quarterly |

When the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective began putting together Our Bodies, Ourselves in the early Seventies, first as a series of broadsheets and then as a book with full blown chapters, it was a radical act. That now-familiar work talked frankly about women’s anatomies and their life phases—masturbation, menstruation, menopause and comparative assessments of birth control methods—in a single handy-dandy manual. It was a guide to women’s bodies without a trace of shame or salaciousness or cuteness—amusing, yes, and well-illustrated…entrancing even. It answered all the questions one did not quite know how to ask.

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