In the ’70s and ’80s, women in many parts of the world began to question everything. Women’s movements, as they came to be known, focused on women and their social, political and economic context. Naturally, health was a major issue. In a cycle of birth and death, women’s minds and bodies seemed to be in a permanent time warp, with little help from the medical profession. In the ’70s, Our Bodies, Ourselves
published by the Boston Women’s Health Collective took the feminist world by storm. For the first time, all information related to their health could be found in one place and women could relate to it.
Taking Charge of Our Bodies does this in an Indian context. In a sense it works backwards—raising questions, interviewing women and giving excerpts of their responses, with practical and current information on common health problems and remedies.
Surprisingly, the authors dismiss the idea of reproductive rights as something not for Indian women, when it was first accepted at the 1994 International Conference on Population and...