PDF/EPUB Kathy Davis ☆ Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels ☆

The book Our Bodies Ourselves is a feminist success story Selling 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 US women feel about their bodies and health Our Bodies Ourselves has also had a whole life outside the United States It has been taken up translated and adapted by women across the globe inspiring than thirty foreign language editionsKathy Davis tells the story of this remarkable book’s global circulation Based on interviews with members of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective the group of women who created Our Bodies Ourselves as well as responses to the book from readers and discussions with translators from Latin America Egypt Thailand China Eastern Europe Francophone Africa and many other countries and regions Davis shows why Our Bodies Ourselves could never have been so influential if it had been just a popular manual on women’s health It was precisely the book’s distinctive epistemology inviting women to use their own experiences as resources for producing situated critical knowledge about their bodies and health that allowed the book to speak to so many women within and outside the United States Davis provides a grounded analysis of how feminist knowledge and political practice actually travel and she shows how the process of transforming Our Bodies Ourselves offers a glimpse of a truly transnational feminism one that joins the acknowledgment of difference and diversity among women in different locations with critical reflexivity and political empowerment

10 thoughts on “Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders (Next Wave)

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    The book is a pain to read The style is atrocious The actual facts are interesting Yet the author is in dire need to build a mythology and the actual women are less relevant This way running water electricity all practical aspects are thrown out to make way for the Holy Spirit of Feminism Sure self exploring is an essential part but life shows it won't happen in a rat infested hovel while birthing the 13th childSo the facts are very relevant But the omnipresent dogma and the obscurantism turn everything into junk

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    This is a really excellent book which is far 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