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The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels across Borders
by Kathy Davis
The book Our Bodies, Ourselves is a feminist success story. Selling more than four million copies since its debut in 1970, it has challenged medical dogmas about women’s bodies and sexuality, shaped health care policies, energized the reproductive rights movement, and stimulated medical research on women’s health. The book has influenced how generations of U.S. women feel ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 3rd 2007 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Fascinating study of the history and mythology of OBOS and its global family tree of new editions, translations, adaptations, and appropriations. Davis writes both admiringly and critically about her subject. One chapter fits awkwardly in terms of structure but makes a persuasive case for OBOS as an epistemological text and "a traveling theory par excellence", too long undervalued as such by feminist theorists.
This is one of my favorite books about feminism. It shows the evolution of a feminist project and organization. This was my first real detailed example of how the issues of diversity and inclusion were dealt with and thoughtfully integrated into their mission and most importantly into OBOS. I have continued to recognize a similar history of dynamics in other feminist groups I have become familiar.
I read this book for a class on feminist theory and global health. The book was interesting to read, especially the portion devoted to translation and reinterpretation, however Davis seemed bias towards the founders and the way she ignored the problems in OBOS and side stepped over other issues was problematic
This is a really excellent book which is far more than merely a celebratory account of a history-making book, which it could have been. There are all sorts of juicy ideas and stimulus to thoughts about transnational feminism, feminist epistemology, founding myths, how organisations negotiate their transitions over time. Highly recommended
May 19, 2009 Tammy rated it really liked it
A must-read for anyone who identifies as a feminist. It's crucial to realize that your feminism may not be the feminism of other women and that their feminism is just as valid as yours.