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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire UCL - AL #304 - The well-known Our bodies, Ourselves comes out ... (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 10 May 2020 10:16:57 +0300


The well-known Our bodies, Ourselves was released in 1973 in the United States, it will be a best seller of feminism. The 1977 French edition takes pride of place in all of the Family Planning offices, but has long been out of print. A completely rewritten version was finally released on February 20. ---- In 1973 in the United States appeared Our bodies, Ourselves, one of the best-known books in feminism: an encyclopedic textbook " written by women for women ". He deconstructed norms, denounced inequalities and violence, and wanted to develop the capacity of women to defend themselves, to emancipate themselves. The idea was born during single-sex " awareness " workshops and it was in the spirit of self help.
Following this publication, a collective of women adapted the book in France, and Our body, We ourselves is published in 1977. Since then, Our bodies, Ourselves has been republished several times until today making 800 pages ; it has been translated or adapted into 35 languages ; it has also been used on other related subjects, such as Our children, ourselves .

Know thyself
From learning self-contempt to medical monitoring of pregnancy, inequalities in paid work to gynecological violence, urinary leakage to sexist and sexual violence, a new collective of nine women of ages, origins and Different sexual orientations have pooled their stories, their reflections, their experiences and their research to completely update the work.

For three years, they collected more than 400 testimonies from women throughout France, through single-sex groups, in women's associations, LGBT + centers, or through individual interviews. Not to study and transcribe the practices and feelings of women from the outside, but as a political project of emancipation and collective re-appropriation by women of their knowledge of their bodies, against the usual confiscation of feminine knowledge through macho, normative and guilt-inducing medicine.

The work is a manifesto of sorority: teeming with testimonies, never judging, it starts from the diversity of experiences lived or undergone by women to encourage a repossession, of power. Using the " women " category as a social and political category, the authors, new compared to the previous edition, cross it with those of class, race ; a great deal of space is also given to questions of disability.

Discovering yourself to better emancipate yourself
While patriarchal domination is integrated by everyone from early childhood, Our body, ourselves wants to be a tool of self-defense for women, a call to overcome our feelings of illegitimacy and vulnerability, to allow ourselves to express ourselves and act independently or even contradictory to what society expects from us.

A combat which requires to advance jointly on the individual and collective grounds, an emancipation which each of us must build for itself (we do not emancipate others), but which we can only achieve by building it together and in the fight (do not free us, we will do it !).

Adeline (Paris North East)

https://www.unioncommunistelibertaire.org/?Le-tres-connu-Our-bodies-Ourselves-sort-en
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