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Beggars and Choosers: How the Politics of Choice Shapes Adoption, Abortion, and Welfare in the United States
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.
BIG Book of Masturbation
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.
Birth 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.
Birthing 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.
The 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.
Body and Soul: The Black Women’s Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being
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.
Body Politics: Power, Sex, and Nonverbal Communication
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.
Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies
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.
Breast 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.
By the Light of My Father's Smile
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."