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Bodies of KnowledgeSexuality, Reproduction, and Women's Health in the Second Wave$
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Wendy Kline

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226443058

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226443072.001.0001

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Transforming Knowledge: The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves

Transforming Knowledge: The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves

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(p.9) 1 Transforming Knowledge: The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves
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Bodies of Knowledge
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226443072.003.0002

This chapter examines how the book Our Bodies, Ourselves provided readers with an alternative knowledge base on women's health, explaining that it allowed for a feminist reconceptualization of biology that privileged individual women's experiences over clinical research. The book provided the tools for women readers to challenge medical decision making and to seek alternative structures of care based on the notion of experiential knowledge, but it also sowed the seeds of division that would limit the extent to which its promoters could truly revolutionize health care. The book furthermore highlighted two conflicting truths: the singularity of being female and the plurality of individual experiences.

Keywords:   Our Bodies, Ourselves, women's health, women's experience, clinical research, experiential knowledge, health care

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