Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2

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An unprecedented and definitive collection of rabble-rousing writings on women’s health, Voices of the Women’s Health Movement explores a range of provocative topics from reproductive rights to sexuality to motherhood. Trail-blazing advocate Barbara Seaman and health activist Laura Eldridge bring the revolutionary ideas of several generations together in this powerful new book celebrating women’s bodies, and women’s voices. The more than two hundred contributors include Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, ...

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Overview

An unprecedented and definitive collection of rabble-rousing writings on women’s health, Voices of the Women’s Health Movement explores a range of provocative topics from reproductive rights to sexuality to motherhood. Trail-blazing advocate Barbara Seaman and health activist Laura Eldridge bring the revolutionary ideas of several generations together in this powerful new book celebrating women’s bodies, and women’s voices. The more than two hundred contributors include Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Y. Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner Truth, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, and many others. With Voices of the Women’s Health Movement, for the first time, every woman and girl can experience in one place the powerful history of stirring words and strong female perspectives that have inspired countless women to take control of their health and their lives.
 
Volume Two highlights include influential writings on sex, rape and violence against women, body image, informed consent, self-help gynecology, patient advocacy, and the mind-body connection.

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“Personal and communal, informative and affecting, this mammoth book of protest, progress, and regression eloquently confirms that the long, frustrating battle rages on to secure women access to respectful, high-quality, and unbiased health care.”
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Seaman (1935–2008), a pioneer in women's health advocacy and an accomplished science writer, and Eldridge (coauthors, The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause) have gathered over 200 articles documenting the history of the women's health movement. The contributors include both historical (e.g., Sojourner Truth, Fanny Burney) and contemporary authors who represent a wide variety of disciplines. Phyllis Chesler, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, and the National Women's Health Network are featured. The many entries discuss medical, sociological, psychological, and political issues related to women's health. Classic essays such as Betty Dodson's "Bridal Shower" from her 2002 book Orgasms for Two: The Joy of Partnersex and Gloria Steinem's 1978 article from Ms. Magazine "If Men Could Menstruate" appear along with discussions of parenthood, domestic violence, and harmful drugs. VERDICT A valuable work for anyone interested in the women's health movement and an essential resource for all collections.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609804466
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Women’s health advocate and science journalist BARBARA SEAMAN (1935-2008) is best known for her tireless patient advocacy work, which brought about the first warning label on a prescription drug (the birth control pill), and eventually  lead her to co-found the National Woman’s Health Network, which continues to protect women’s rights today. Her first book, The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill (1969), prompted senate hearings, exposed the biases of the medical establishment regarding women’s health issues, and inspired women around the world to take control of their health. Through her many books, countless articles, and how she personally encouraged so many writers, publishers, and activists of all ages, Seaman devoted her life to advocating for women’s rights regarding their health.

Co-editor LAURA ELDRIDGE is a women’s health writer and activist. She is the author of In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women and the co-author of The No-Nonsense Guide to Menopause.

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