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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Celebrating 40 Years of the Black Women’s Health Imperative

October 30, 2023

On Friday, October 13, 2023,  Black women and allies gathered at the Black-owned Salamander DC Hotel to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of…

Trusted Info on Perimenopause now available in Spanish and Armenian!

June 7, 2023

My own symptoms of perimenopause began while I was still getting a monthly period. My health care providers did not see them…

Abortion and Women’s Rights 1970

October 28, 2022

Two women tell the stories of their illegal abortions. More than 800,000 women every year sought out often unsafe abortions before the…

Our Bodies Ourselves Today Launch Celebration

October 25, 2022

On October 4, Our Bodies Ourselves Today held our launch celebration, hosted at Suffolk University. Please join us in the festivities by…

A message from the Founders of Our Bodies Ourselves

September 26, 2022

As we approach the 53rd anniversary of the first stapled, newsprint edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, we are thrilled to announce and…

Welcome to Our Bodies Ourselves Today!

September 9, 2022

Dear Readers,  We are thrilled to welcome you to Our Bodies Ourselves Today, a unique and trustworthy guide to your body and…

The Criminalization of Pregnancy

August 1, 2022

The following is an excerpt from Alice Rothchild’s op-ed, originally published in the Seattle Times. The recent Supreme Court decision to end…

Seize Back the Political Discourse on Life

July 6, 2022

For any woman who grew up as I did in the decades of expanding women’s rights, the majority opinion in Dobbs v…

Spreading the Word about Medication Abortion Via the Mail: An Urgent Priority for 2022

June 17, 2022

Our Bodies Ourselves is a long-time supporter of greater access to medication abortion via the mail and outside the formal medical system…

Invasions of Privacy: The Deluded Exception of Rape and Incest

June 15, 2022

by Alice Rothchild The following is an excerpt from Alice Rothchild’s op-ed, originally published in Common Dreams. One of the tools in…

America’s Growing Fault Lines

May 20, 2022

by Alice Rothchild The following is an excerpt from Alice Rothchild’s op-ed, originally published in the Seattle Times. I came of age before…

The Legacy of Teen Voices Magazine

January 14, 2022

Teen Voices (1988-2012) was a trailblazing journalism, mentoring, and youth leadership nonprofit that produced an internationally distributed magazine written entirely by and…

Our Bodies Ourselves Update: November 2021

November 8, 2021

By the Our Bodies Ourselves Board of Directors: Diana Namumbejja Abwoye, Aziza Ahmed, Cris Alonso, Sherry Flashman, Miriam Hawley, Elizabeth Levy, Judy…

Watch Our Bodies Ourselves Virtual Events!

October 10, 2021

Each year, Our Bodies Ourselves participates in various events that feature or celebrate the history, legacy, and ongoing work of OBOS. This…

Celebrating “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas” and Transnational Feminist Health!

October 1, 2021

After more than two years in the making, the first volume of “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas,” has arrived! The book, a…

In the Fight Against HIV, Gendered Assumptions Have Deadly Consequences

August 19, 2021

In October 2019, the FDA approval of the new HIV-prevention drug Descovy was met with great excitement by doctors, HIV researchers, and…

Period Poverty is a Human Rights Issue. Period.

August 6, 2021

What is period poverty? Let’s talk about period poverty. Period poverty occurs when menstruators cannot access the menstrual products, underwear, and pain…

Stopping Keystone: A Victory for Native Women’s Health

July 1, 2021

In early June, after more than ten years of conflict, the Keystone XL oil pipeline project was halted by TC Energy, the…

Celebrate Pride Month with a #GiveOUTDay donation to Our Bodies Ourselves Today!

June 21, 2021

Our Bodies Ourselves Today, a new online platform featuring up-to-date information about health, sexuality, and well-being, is set to launch in 2022…

When Antidepressants Leave Lasting Damage: Living with Post-SSRI/SNRI Sexual Dysfunction

January 23, 2021

My clitoris is now no more than an inert and sensation-less nub of flesh. I am unable to feel attraction, arousal or…

False or Misleading Claims: More Problems with Addyi

January 4, 2021

The so-called “pink Viagra” drug Addyi (flibanserin) is in the news again. This time, Sprout Pharmaceuticals, the drug’s manufacturer, is being called…