See the afterword in the 2005 updated edition of For Her Own Good,
by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English, in which they chronicle
some of the changes that have taken place in medicine since their path-
breaking book on women’s historical relationship with the medical pro-
fession and medical knowledge was published in 1978.
The study not only showed that medical allegations that HRT pre-
vented heart disease and Alzheimer’s and kept women soft skinned,
sexually vital, and emotionally balanced were incorrect but that women
on hormones suﬀered higher rates of breast cancer and were twice as
likely to develop dementia than women who were not taking hormones.
See Landau and Cyr 2003; and Seaman 2003.
See Davis 1995, 1997, 2003.
The oral history part of my inquiry, initially its raison d’être, is now
contained in chapter 3.
See Moi 2002 for an interesting discussion of the international re-
ception of this well-known feminist classic.
See Bell and Reverby 2005.
I discuss this in chapter 7.
Obviously, I am using border here to encompass more than national
borders. Throughout this inquiry, I have dealt with the ways in which
OBOS has crossed (and sometimes failed to cross) the metaphorical and
material borders of class, “race,” ethnicity, religion, sexuality, age, and
“I need to understand how a place on the map is also a place in his-
tory within which as a woman, a Jew, a lesbian, a feminist I am created
and trying to create” (Rich 1986, 212). Rich was primarily interested in
white U.S. feminists’ becoming more reflexive about their location in the
world. While acknowledging the importance of this intervention, Kaplan
(1996) has criticized Rich for remaining “locked into the conventional
opposition of the global-local nexus as well as the binary construction of
Western and non-Western,” thereby reducing the issue of accountability
between women in the North and South rather than between women
within the United States as a whole (166).
Frankenberg and Mani (1993) use a politics of location to criticize
Eurocentric periodizations that reproduce the temporal logic of domi-