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bookBeggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States

Rickie Solinger

Solinger shows how historical distinctions between women of color and white women, between poor and middle-class women, were used in new ways during the era of "choice." Politicians and policy makers began to exclude certain women from the class of "deserving mothers" by using the language of choice to create new public policies concerning everything from Medicaid funding for abortions to family tax credits, infertility treatments, international adoption, teen pregnancy, and welfare. Solinger argues that the class-and-race-inflected guarantee of "choice" is a shaky foundation on which to build our notions of reproductive freedom. Her impassioned argument is for reproductive rights as human rights--as a basis for full citizenship status for women.

bookBIG Book of Masturbation

Martha Cornog

Presenting masturbation from a variety of perspectives and disciplines throughout history, Cornog offers a thoughtful and intelligent look at the realities and controversies that surround this universal activity.

bookBirth as an American Rite of Passage

Robbie E. Davis-Floyd

A feminist analysis of childbirth rites of passage in American culture. These rites, the author argues, take away women's power over their bodies, naturally designed to bring life into the world, and for no physiological reason give it to the medical system.

bookBirthing from Within

Pam England and Rob Horowitz

Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage, not as a medical event, but as an act of self-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife’s role, and a look at the father’s responsibilities.

bookThe Black Women's Health Book

Evelyn C. White

More than fifty Black women write about the health issues that affect them and their communities, and includes essays by Toni Morrison, bell hooks, and Zora Neale Hurston.

bookBody and Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being

Linda Villarosa

Written by black women for black women and sponsored by the National Black Women's Health Project, this guide is reminiscent of Our Bodies, Ourselves that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual health issues and concerns of black women today.

bookBody Politics: Power, Sex, and Nonverbal Communication

Nancy Henley

A feminist analysis of body language as a major means of nonverbal communication used by persons in power, primarily men, to maintain a social hierarchy.

bookBody Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies

Margo Maine

This study analyzes a culture that dismisses, devalues, and disempowers women by making them hate their own bodies. This book covers issues from dieting and weight prejudice to concepts of beauty and ageism to sports, fashion advertising, and propaganda. Loaded with facts and inspirational quotes, this is an activist's guide for parents, educators, therapists, patients, former patients, or anyone who wants to fight against the forces that prevent women from being comfortable in their own bodies.

bookBreast Cancer, Breast Health!

Susun S. Weed

For women who want to maintain breast health or for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Foods, exercises, and attitudes to keep your breasts healthy. Supportive complimentary medicines to ease side-effects of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or tamoxifen.

bookBy the Light of My Father's Smile

Alice Walker

This novel is, as Alice Walker puts it, "a celebration of sexuality, its absolute usefulness in the accessing of one's mature spirituality, and the father's role in assuring joy or sorrow in this arena for his female children." It explores the richness and coherence of alternative culture, experience of sexuality as a celebration of life, of trust in Nature and the Spirit, even as it affirms the belief, as Walker says, "that it is the triumphant heart, not the conquered heart, that forgives. And that love is both timeless and beyond time."

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