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Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era 4th Edition
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I had used prior versions of this book, but still had felt that the authors of those versions assumed that the readers had been with them through the 1970's...etc. The tone of this book is very inclusive and non-presuming. Consequently the medical information presented does not get lost in the personal vingettes. Our own generational experiences are just as important.
Also, the authors take an enligthened approach to sexuality instead of segmenting off "LGBT/queer" issues into a couple of areas. This book is further commendable because it made more of an effort to tell the stories (and thus provide culturally sensitive health care) for different women.
Kudos to the people who suggested a redesign and updating of the book layout.
Original review, 2005:
Wow, this book is great! It's so much better than the previous editions. The previous editions were extremely informative, but they sometimes stuck more to a feminist "party line" than I am comfortable with. This edition really covers both sides (or all sides) of every argument. For example, it covers the pros and cons of postmenopausal hormone therapy, rather than just taking an "estrogen is evil" approach. I was blown away by how good the breast cancer section is, and the birth control chapter is well done too. In addition to the medical information, this book gives you something to think about, by describing the political context that leads to many of our health issues and decisions.
One more note: They finally updated the photos, thank goodness! I've already gotten copies of the book for myself and my mother, and now that the style lives up to the substance, I can feel free to get copies for my nieces as well. Recommended.
This is the ultimate handbook of being female, knowing about your body, your health and your options. This life manual covers a range of 'should know' topics like nutrition & exercise, aging, female sickness and medical procedures ... and yes, sexuality, sexual orientation and reproduction. It drives me crazy when people try to denounce this milestone of female text because it is _completely_ not about politics. OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is about women knowing about their body and their options for nearly everything associated with being a woman. OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is not about selective reality, and it's not about selective memory. It's just about delivering data to help make better, informed choices or lead a richer life. Don't like what's written about reproductive choice and options? Tough. Welcome to the real world. Reproductive choice is a hot topic on either side, a tough issue to tackle for any woman, and this book isn't about to sugar-coat it. It sums up `the big issues' and delivers them in a straight-forward, easy to understand manner... and not in a manner that dictates or undermines your intelligence.
What's unique about OUR BODIES, OURSELVES is that it's even a bit fun to flip through to any page and start reading. Sounds twisted, right? If not fun, then it's definitely engrossing. What other medically-oriented manuals can claim that? Even better, this updated issue appears more organized that previous ones - it's what ultimately sold me on updating my old edition. I'm very glad to have grown up in a household that had it in the library and I'm proud to expose the future women in my home to it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wisdom & Knowledge that is appropriate for both teens and adults.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had another edition of this book that I got while I took a Female Phisiology Gynecology course. I let someone borrow it and never got it back. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kat Castaneda
This is a great gift for young cis or trans women, especially given the state of sex ed in US public education. A library essential, I tell you!Published 8 months ago by Meghan C. McDonald
Every woman should have this book. I bought it for a class, but have kept it for years. No matter how old you are, this book is useful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by kaitlyn
I wish every young girl and every woman had a copy of this book that tells us how our bodies work!Published 12 months ago by Nonanon