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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.
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Illustrations are in black and white. I got the paper back version and the bindings were strong enough to keep all of its pages together despite rough use from commuting class use. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing information for young women, especially considering the date of publication. Nevertheless, still timely today.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's a good book for a woman to have. I got an earlier edition when I went to college 25 years ago. I bought this one for my daughter as she leaves for school this fall. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ononeaccord
Excellent. Get one for your daughters and granddaughters NOWPublished 1 month ago by Carlotta Tyler
A must-own book for feminists everywhere. It is so amazing to me that this book exists.Published 1 month ago by Karen Schnurstein
All I wanted it to be. I gave these books as a Graduation gift for young ladies leaving for college. Since I purchased one in 1974 they have more then doubled in size. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
No matter what your age, this is a must have reference on anything regarding women's health, women's bodies, and sexuality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by teon
This book is a wonderful classic that sought to try to educate women about their bodies and push the culture away from the stigma associated with women and their bodies. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne-Marie