Introduction to Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy Academic Article uri icon


  • This special issue is born out of a specific momentthe April 2, 2018, announcement by the Boston Womens Health Book Collective that it would no longer publish updated print or digital versions of its foundational text, Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) due to financial pressures and the changing nature of online health information (Shephard). As feminist rhetoricians of health and medicine, the editors of this special issue felt that this announcement was a moment deeply worthy of reflection. After all, OBOS is a landmark text in the history of womens health activism, a text through which generations of women have learned to understand not just their bodies, but the power of bodily knowledge. First published in 1970, the nine print editions of OBOS have provided a roadmap of changing priorities and relationships within the world of feminist health activism; the texts represent important changes throughout the history of not only womens health in America, but also broader discourse about health, knowledge, and empowerment.

published proceedings

  • Peitho

author list (cited authors)

  • Dicaglio, S., & De Hertogh, L. B.

complete list of authors

  • Dicaglio, Sara||De Hertogh, LB

publication date

  • January 2019