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by OBOS founders
As we method the 53rd anniversary of the first stapled, newsprint version of Our Our bodies, Ourselves, we’re thrilled to announce and rejoice the launch of Our Our bodies Ourselves Immediately! The brand new web site, a collaboration between the Heart for Girls’s Well being and Human Rights at Suffolk College and the nonprofit group Our Our bodies Ourselves, options the “better of” well being and sexuality data on girls, ladies, and gender-expansive individuals.

Founders of Our Bodies Ourselves, holding poster of themselves in the 1970sAfter we first met, at a 1969 girls’s liberation convention in Boston, it was troublesome to search out even probably the most fundamental details about our our bodies, our sexuality, and copy. Contraception was typically denied to girls who weren’t married and abortion was unlawful in most states. The overwhelming majority of physicians had been each white and male, and the few out there books on girls’s well being and sexuality had been nearly all written by males who discounted girls’s private experiences and views. Decided to determine how our our bodies labored and to realize extra energy and management over our lives, we shared our tales, reached out to different girls, learn books from medical libraries, and talked to supportive mates and colleagues who labored within the medical group. Thus Our Our bodies, Ourselves was born.

In some methods, the world in the present day could be very completely different. Beforehand taboo matters like menstruation and menopause are talked about brazenly, 36 p.c of all physicians — and a majority of medical faculty college students — are girls, and, with the arrival of the web, details about our our bodies, our sexuality and our well being is available. But the standard, trustworthiness and inclusivity of that data varies enormously. Far too typically, it’s biased by company and pharmaceutical pursuits, fails to incorporate the variety of our lived experiences, and reductions the social, financial, and political elements that form our lives and well being. What is required now’s steerage sifting by way of the reams of knowledge and serving to individuals discover content material that’s helpful and related. That’s the place Our Our bodies Ourselves Immediately steps in.

Within the wake of the ladies’s well being motion and the activism of the Nineteen Sixties, we and plenty of different teams and people – together with these within the public well being, self-help, incapacity rights, reproductive justice and patient-centered communities — had been motivated to create higher well being and sexuality data. Our colleagues at teams together with the Nationwide Girls’s Well being Community, Breast Most cancers Motion, Sistersong, the Black Girls’s Well being Crucial, Amigas Latinas en Acción pro-Salud – to call only a few – created well being supplies that had been inclusive and correct and mirrored our lives. Immediately, teams together with The Nationwide Asian Pacific American Girls’s Discussion board, PussyPedia, Tight Lipped, EducateUS, Interval and others dedicated to particular points proceed this work. Nonetheless, the attain of those teams is usually restricted. By discovering and critically evaluating these supplies, the content material specialists at OBOS Immediately – researchers, well being care suppliers, people who wrestle with a selected well being challenge, and activists – are capable of choose the perfect sources and make them simply out there to a wider viewers.

Along with that includes top quality well being and sexuality content material, the brand new OBOS Immediately website contains in depth data on the historical past and legacy of Our Our bodies Ourselves and the numerous girls’s teams from world wide who’ve created translations and diversifications of Our Our bodies, Ourselves, our signature e-book.

We’re thrilled that the work of Our Our bodies Ourselves – desperately wanted in these difficult occasions – is constant, and we hope you’ll be a part of us in celebrating and supporting Our Our bodies Ourselves Immediately!

— Ayesha, Elizabeth, Jamie, Jane, Joan, Judy, Kiki, Miriam, Norma, Paula, Pam, Ruth, Sally, Vilunya & Wendy

The founders of Our Bodies Ourselves
Many of the Our Our bodies Ourselves founders, in 2016. Again row, from left to proper: Wendy Sanford, Paula Doress-Worters, Norma Swenson, Elizabeth MacMahon-Herrera. Third row: Pam Berger, Joan Ditzion, Nancy Miriam Hawley. Second row: Judy Norsigian, Ruth Davidson Bell Alexander, Sally Whelan. First row: Jane Pincus, Vilunya Diskin.

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