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Title Broadside, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1974
Publisher National Organization for Women, Houston Chapter
Date May 1974
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  • Women--Texas--Periodicals
  • Women--Texas--Houston--Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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Transcript May 1974 BROADSIDE Page 3 TASK FORCE REPORTS REPRODUCTION AND ITS CONTROL: THE POLITICS OF CONTROL OF OUR BODIES A lot of us believe that until we women have control over our own bodies, we'll never have the power to achieve full status and equality as human beings. Acting on these beliefs, we have fought to obtain the right to choose any form of birth control, including abortion and sterilization; the right of the individual to choose, without harassment, her sexual preference; the right to good medical care at reasonable cost; etc. Narrowing this down, one of our basic problems is with treatment (both professional and personal) by our gynecologists and obstetricians. If you haven't already done so, stop and think about the power this one man - it usually is a man - holds over our bodies and our lives. I won't go into detail here because we can't afford a 50-page BROADSIDE, but out of our awareness of and dissatisfaction with this treatment has grown this Task Force's doctor and medical referral service. Since articles last February in both The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle on the problem of women and their doctors, we have had more than 200 calls for doctor referrals. Two definite issues have emerged: (1) each woman thought she was alone in her dissatisfaction, that there was something wrong with her feelings, and (2) we are no longer willing to support doctors with either our money or our gratitude when they give us a patronizing pat on the shoulder instead of information, and a long wait and hurried visit instead of dignified and proper care. One of the main reasons we have been offered and have accepted inferior care and treatment is the enforced ignorance of our bodies - these fantastic bodies of ours! - especially in areas of reproduction and sexuality. Although we think it unnecessary to know medical terminology to ask for and receive complete and correct information - why should I be required to translate a doctor's jargon any more than (s)he should be required to translate my shorthand? - nevertheless, we have learned that we get better attention if we can speak their mysterious and semi-secret language. The beginning of power is knowledge. Let us begin. Paulina Perez is an R.N. who recently left her job with an Ob-Gyn to open an educational and counseling service for women. Polly is a very competent, aware and concerned woman. This Task Force has worked with Polly to set up and offer a series of twelve workshops covering common female health issues, not just physical problems but also the "vaginal politics" issues. The subjects to be covered are: Anatomy & Physiology May 21 Vaginitis & VD May 28 Group Sexuality Tune 4 I Cystitis & Adenomyosis Tune 11 Hysterectomy & D&C Tune 18 Birth Control Tune 25 continued