Our Bodies Ourselves Today launches sex and health website for a new generation

In 1970, the feminist text Our bodies brought sweeping information about sex, health, and bodies that was uncommon to many at the time. Now, Our Bodies Ourselves Today – a separate but collaborative entity from the original collective – is offering that same gift to a whole new generation.

Our Bodies Ourselves Today launched its new website on September 9, bringing a new look and more factual information to women, girls and gender-broad people. The new organization, which worked with the blessing of the original 1970s group, aimed to create an inclusive and comprehensive place where people of all experiences can go to see themselves reflected and learn more about their bodies and their health in a time when not everyone has this access.

“We are creating something new with him, but very much in the spirit of [the original book] and the political vision of understanding how our bodies are politicized,” said Amy Agigian, executive director of Our Bodies Ourselves Today and associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Suffolk, the university where the effort is hosted. teen vogue. “It shouldn’t be necessary, but it’s a political act to know more about your body, to claim your space, to raise your voice and to join other like-minded people. We consider as part of the movement.

Our Bodies Ourselves published updated versions of the book through 2011, and the nonprofit organization behind the text announced in 2018 that it would be downgraded to a volunteer-run collective. Around this time, Our Bodies Ourselves Today formed to bring text into the digital age. The new site will include information on many topics, including sexual and reproductive health, mental health, aging, pregnancy and childbirth, heart health, and more, and of course information on its predecessor.

Giving people accurate and timely information about their health and sexuality has always been important, Agigian said, but holds special power as more and more laws limit how we access it. Amid book bans, anti-trans laws that restrict key health care, outcry over school sex education and limits on how and when LGBTQ people and issues are discussed among young people, Agigian said she hopes the new site will help readers who may not have anywhere else to turn.

“We are very concerned about giving young people the information they need about their own bodies, their own sexuality, so that they can make the informed choices they need based on reality – not ideology. religious,” she said. “We want people to feel like, ‘yeah I know how my body works, I know I’m normal, I know there are words for what I’m going through. This is a site where they care. of me.'”

And after Roe vs. Wade has been overturned and abortion rights have been canceled in many states, said Pamela Merritt, executive director of Medical Students for Choice and board member of Our Bodies Ourselves Today. teen vogue that the site will be a resource for those who need information about abortion and abortion care.

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