Send a copy of Our Bodies Ourselves to every member of Congress

Clearly, some of them need it. Seems we have some members of Congress who couldn’t pass seventh grade Biology, and yet, they’re still allowed to write and pass legislation that gets all up in women’s… business.

So, the smart people over at Our Bodies, Ourselves have started a campaign to get a copy of their seminal book into every single congressional office, so that no lawmaker can ever use ignorance of how the human body works as an excuse for draconian anti-women legislation.

This information could help inform policies on maternal health, preventive care, and access to contraception, abortion and the full range of reproductive health services. It also could serve as a resource on violence against women and a host of other issues that come up before Congress.  

Together we can ensure that terms like “legitimate rape” are removed from the lexicon and all legislators possess an accurate understanding of how birth control works and its health benefits.

They’re still about $22, 000 dollars short of their goal, with 57 days to go, so any little bit you can give will help. And if you don’t have your own copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves, you should have one – it’s a path-breaking book, one that grew out of the women’s health movement and has been updated dozens of times since. It’s an incredibly valuable resource, not to mention a piece of feminist history.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

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