Our Bodies, Ourselves, which was written by the Boston Women's Health Book Collective in the midst of the Women's Liberation Movement in the US, expressed one of the most basic tenets of the feminist health movement in that country: women must take control of their bodies and their health.
This belief in women's rights over their bodies and their health put women in opposition to the institutions and discourses that historically defined women's bodies and decisions made on their health. The medical establishment was the most important institution in this regard. Women's critique of medicine sought to bring to light the power dynamics that operated in the discipline of medicine and its day-to-day functions.
This issue of Zannegaar will look at the ways in which the health discourse is gendered and how it affects women’s lives.