Tomorrow I am going to the 40th anniversary of Our Bodies Ourselves. I am super excited. My mom is also coming with me, which should be wonderful/challenging/interesting/stressful/holycrapfeelings.
She gave me her first edition copy of Our Bodies Ourselves when I was in 4th grade. It changed everything.
I loved, and will forever love, that book. It smells like attic and down comforters, and has delicate pages that are starting to yellow. It has coffee stains, soft edges, wrinkled pages, and spots. It looks like someone’s favorite stuffed animal would after years of being snuggled with at night. Its beautiful.
Right now it is with my youngest sister, and then we will pass it on between the sisters (there are 3 of us) to our daughters.
I will be writing all about the conference, and maybe even live blogging? But the point of this post, is to share with you all/remind you all about Our Bodies Ourselves, and how incredible and groundbreaking of a publication it was, and continues to be.
This publication, was created in Massachusetts by a bunch of women who wanted a book about women’s health written by women for women. It is an information gold mine, and extremely accessible to most communities. (Aka it does not use liberal-arts-paper-writing language)
I urge everyone who is near Boston this weekend to attend to the conference, or to maybe watch a bit of it online. It will be streaming tomorrow all day.
Take care, and enjoy your weekend