The Body Politic
Dispatches from the Women's Health Revolution
“In 1969, Barbara Seaman proved that women can talk back to doctors—calmly, rationally, and scientifically. For many of us, women’s liberation began at that moment.”—Barbara Ehrenreich Science journalist Barbara Seaman has been on the front lines as a women’s health advocate for the last forty years. Throughout her career, she has also been a tireless supporter of other women’s voices. Here she brings together an essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists to celebrate the progress of the women’s health movement. On topics ranging from reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood and birth control, here are over two hundred contributions from Jennifer Baugardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Geer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner Truth, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, and many others. Barbara Seaman’s first book,The Doctors’ Case Against the Pill(1969), prompted Senate hearings, exposed the biases of the medical establishment regarding women’s health issues, and inspired women around the world to take control of their health. Her latest book,The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women(2003), exposed the risks of hormone therapy for women. She is also the author ofFree and Female(1972),Women and the Crisis in Sex Hormones(1977), andLovely Me: The Life of Jacqueline Susann(1987). She lives in New York City. Laura Eldridgeis a women’s health writer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York.