Farewell to #OurBodiesOurselves, the feminist health handbook. Won’t be publishing books, but will be a volunteer-run on-line site

Not sure I like the MTM metaphor, but this from the Globe. OBOS was created by a group called The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective.

“Our Bodies, Ourselves,” the 1970s-era bible of women’s health that has been updated over five decades to introduce generations of girls to their own anatomy, is going the way of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — still available online, but frozen in time.


The most recent print edition of the book will be its last, halting advancement in women’s health, contraception, and sexual awareness in 2011, as its authors shift to a Web-only presence and an all-volunteer model of advocacy.

This week’s announcement, prompted by financial pressures, triggered a wave of nostalgia among women of a certain age and hand-wringing about what the future holds at a time when the Trump administration has embraced religious-based research and eliminated some online information about women’s health.

For more on the group’s history, see a collection of their works at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe.





#Feminist #health handbook — Our Bodies, OurSelves — struggles

This book was a revelation in the ’70s.  The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective has been a feminist health resource since then. Now, they are running out of cash. obos - Copy

More from The Globe

More from the OBO
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Our landmark publication, “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” first published in 1971, has sold millions of copies and received numerous honors…. OBOS’s Global Initiative provides support for and works closely with women’s groups around the world that choose to adapt “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for their own countries and communities. These remarkable adaptions now exist in 30 languages — and counting. Working in collaboration with U.S. and global organizations, OBOS vigorously advocates for women’s health by challenging institutions and systems that devalue women and prevent them from having full control over their bodies and their health.

 It remains one of the few health groups that doesn’t accept funds from pharmaceutical companies. OBOS’s health information, both in book format and online, meets international standards for health research.