Our Bodies Ourselves on NBC Nightly News, and a Nice Review in Ms.
Wow. I’ve been meaning to write a summary post of my time in Boston/Cambridge for the OBOS 40th anniversary, and how inspiring it was for me to be around so many fantastic women with so many strong things to say. I left inspired and reenergized. Susan’s commentary reminds me all over again, as does that from some of the other prominent women interviewed for the piece, including OBOS’s own Judy Norsigian. Hearing Brian Williams call it “a groundbreaker, a game changer” makes me pretty proud to be associated with OBOS in my own little way, too. I’ll have to forgive him the “plumbing” intro. 🙂
Posts from Christine with embedded video and commentary:
- The Legacy of “Our Bodies, Ourselves”: Sex, Plumbing and Menopause – The main video
- Judy Norsigian on “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” Past, Present and Future – Judy! Judy! Judy! Judy is a tireless advocate for OBOS, and why it matters into the 21st century and beyond as more than just a book, but a tool for knowledge and change.
- Susan Love on the Impact of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and Why Breast Cancer Should Focus on Breasts – Susan (of Army of Women) reminds us how women’s bodies were viewed and taught when *she* was in medical school, and how OBOS played a role in transforming that mindset of women as “small men who have babies.”
There was also a nice review from Ms. Magazine recently. I love the end of the review, which again reminds us that OBOS is more than a book:
OBOS is a complete resource–or the closest to one that I can imagine–for women’s health and activism. Not only does the reader find clear, trustworthy information about her body, but also a thorough introduction to the politics of having that body. When you read OBOS, you join a community, one that is growing and changing (as each editions’ increasing thickness testifies to) and that provides the resources to start and keep talking.
OBOS certainly did that for me when I first encountered it, so I’m pretty excited that the new edition may provide that experience for a whole new set of women and girls.
Note: the NBC/MSNBC sites are really iffy about which videos they provide transcripts for. I didn’t see them on the OBOS videos.