So much has changed, largely for the better. Abortion is legal (despite the best efforts of the House Republicans and state legislatures), more and more women entering the field of medicine, and the women’s movement itself has become much more inclusive and open to diversity. Perhaps more than all this, the biggest change for the beloved women’s health tome is technology. There was no Internet 40 years ago – at least not in the mainstream like today. At a time when books of all kinds are in danger, is Our Bodies, Ourselves still necessary?
I say yes. My friend Suzanne gave me a copy for my birthday a few years back. Considering that we both worked at Planned Parenthood, and have the blessing of a good education, it wasn’t a book I needed. But it was a great gift. It was the perfect thing for her to give me, acknowledging our love all things women, as well as our shared love of books. It’s on my shelf, next to other feminist literature, and it reminds me our friendship as well as all that the book has to offer.
Like other books, Our Bodies, Ourselves has made the transition into the digital age. It’s now available as an e-book, and much of the information is available online. Plus, they have a blog, OurBodiesOurBlog.com. Gotta love that. Much as the women’s movement that the book is a part of, this beloved treasure has evolved to meet the current climate.
CNN has a slideshow with letters from readers of the book. It’s a great reminder of how incredibly necessary this book once was – and how controversial. Jerry Falwell called it “obscene trash.” Talk about street cred. Kudos to the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective for putting us on a path to accurate information, and acceptance.