Resource Library

Books: Body and Health

Listed in alphabetical order by author.


Margaret Abraham. Speaking the Unspeakable: Marital Violence among South Asian Immigrants in the United States. Rutgers University Press, 2000.

Dorothy Allison. Skin: Talking about Sex, Class, and Literature. Firebrand Books, 1994.

Owanah Anderson. Ohoyo One Thousand: A Resource Guide of American Indian/Alaska Native Women. Ohoyo Resource Center, 1982.

Charon Asetoyer, Katherine Cronk and Samanthi Kewakapuge. Indigenous Women’s Health Book, Within the Sacred Circle: Reproductive Rights, Environmental Health, Traditional Herbs and Remedies. Pine Hill Press, 2003.

Margaret Atwood. The Edible Woman. McClelland and Stewart, 1969.


Beth Bailey. Sex in the Heartland. Harvard University Press, 1999.

Carrie N. Baker. The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Ann Bannon. Odd Girl Out. Gold Medal Books, 1957.

Maria Bevacqua. Rape On The Public Agenda: Feminism and the Politics of Sexual Assault. Northeastern University Press, 2000.

Judy Blume. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret. Bradbury Press, 1970.

The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves. Simon & Schuster, 1973.

Mary Boutilier and Lucinda SanGiovanni. The Sporting Woman. Human Kinetics Publishers, 1983.

Carolyn Bronstein. Battling Pornography: The American Feminist Anti-Pornography Movement, 1976 - 1986. Cambridge University Press, 2011

Helen Gurley Brown. Sex and the Single Girl. Bernard Geis, 1962.

Lester Brown. Two Spirit People: American Indian Lesbian Women and Gay Men. Harrington Park Press, 1997.

Rita Mae Brown. Rubyfruit Jungle. Daughters, Inc. 1973.

Susan Brownmiller. Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape. Simon and Schuster, 1975.

Susan Brownmiller. Femininity. Linden Books, Simon & Schuster, 1984.

Joan Jacobs Brumberg. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls. Vintage Books, 1997.


Susan K. Cahn. Coming On Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Women’s Sports. Harvard University Press, 1994.

Susan E. Cayleff. Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Nancy Chodorow. The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender. University of California Press, 1999.

Alex Comfort. The Joy of Sex. Crown Publishers, 1972.

Noreen Connell and Cassandra Wilson. Rape: The First Sourcebook for Women. New York Radical Feminists, 1971.


John D’Emilio and Estelle Freedman. Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America. Harper & Row, 1988.

Susan Douglas. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media. Three Rivers Press, 1994.

Lisa Duggan and Nan Hunter. Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent & Political Culture. Routledge, 1995.

Shari Dworkin and Faye Linda Wachs. Body Panic: Gender, Health, and the Selling of Fitness. New York University Press, 2009.


Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English. Witches, Midwives and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. The Feminist Press, 1973.

Barbara Ehrenreich. The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment.  Anchor Books, 1983.

Jonathan Eig. The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution. W. W. Norton, 2014.

Nora Ephron. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman. Vintage Books, 2008.

Eve Ensler. The Vagina Monologues. Villard Books, 2007.

Catrióna Rueda Esquibel. With Her Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians. University of Texas Press, 2006.

Laurie Essig. American Plastic: Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection. Beacon Press, 2010.


Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. Basic Books, 2006.

Ann Fessler. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. Penguin Press, 2006.


Marcia M. Gallo. Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement. Seal Press, 2007.

David J. Garrow. Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade. University of California Press, 1994.

Ina May Gaskin. Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. Seven Stories Press, 2011.

Faye Ginsburg. Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community. University of California Press, 1989.

Linda Gordon. Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. Grossman, 1976.

Linda Gordon. The Moral Property of Women: A History of Birth Control Politics in America. University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Julia Grant. Raising Baby By the Book: The Education of American Mothers. Yale University Press, 1998.

Linda Greenhouse and Reva Siegel. Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling. Kaplan Publishing, 2010.

Germaine Greer. The Female Eunuch. Paladin, 1970.

Barbara Gurr. Reproductive Justice: The Politics of Health Care for Native American Women. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Elena R. Gutierrez. Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction. University of Texas Press, 2008.

Allen Guttmann. Women’s Sports: A History. Columbia University Press, 1991.


Shere Hite. The Hite Report on Female Sexuality. Macmillan, 1976.

Johnette Howard. The Rivals: Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova, Their Epic Duels and Extraordinary Friendship. Broadway Books, 2005.

N.E.H. Hull and Peter Charles Hoffer. Roe v. Wade: The Abortion Rights Controversy in American History. University Press of Kansas, 2010.


Karla Jay. Tales of the Lavender Menace: A Memoir of Liberation. Basic Books, 2000.

James H. Jones. Alfred C. Kinsey: A Public/Private Life. W. W. Norton, 1997.

Erica Jong. Fear of Flying. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1973.

Christine Jorgensen. Christine Jorgensen: A Personal Autobiography. Paul S. Eriksson, 1967. (Reissued by Cleis Press, 2000.)


Laura Kaplan. The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service. Pantheon Books, 1995.

Elizabeth Kennedy and Madeline Davis. Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community. Routledge, 1993.

Alfred Kinsey et al. Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. W. B. Saunders, 1948.

Alfred Kinsey et al. Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. W. B. Saunders, 1953.

Wendy Kline. Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women's Health in the Second Wave. University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Rebecca M. Kluchin. Fit To Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950 - 1980. Rutgers University Press, 2009.

Rose Kushner. If You’ve Thought About Breast Cancer. The National Cancer Institute, 1979.

Rose Kushner. Alternatives. Kensington Press, 1984.


Shirley Jennifer Lim. A Feeling of Belonging: Asian American Women’s Public Culture, 1930 - 1960. New York University Press, 2005.

Amanda Littauer. Bad Girls: Young Women, Sex, and Rebellion before the Sixties. University of North Carolina Press, 2015.

Elisabeth Lloyd. The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution. Harvard University Press, 2005.

Rachel Lloyd. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale. HarperCollins, 2011.

Iris Ofelia Lopez. Matters of Choice: Puerto Rican Women’s Struggle for Reproductive Freedom. Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Audre Lorde. The Cancer Journals. Aunt Lute Books, 1980.

Audre Lorde. Sister Outsider. Crossing Press, 1984.

Kristen Luker. Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood. University of California Press, 1984.


Catharine A. MacKinnon. Feminism Unmodified: Discourses on Life and Law. Harvard University Press, 1987.

Catharine A. MacKinnon and Andrea Dworkin. In Harm’s Way: the Pornography Civil Rights Hearings. Harvard University Press, 1998.

Sue Macy. Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports. Henry Holt, 1996.

Thomas Maier. Dr. Spock: An American Life. Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998.

Emily Martin. The Woman in the Body: A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction. Beacon Press, 1987.

Elaine Tyler May. America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation. Basic Books, 2010.

Margaret Mead. Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World. W. Morrow, 1949.

William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Human Sexual Response. Bantam Books, 1966.

Joanne Meyerowitz. How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States. Harvard University Press, 2002.

Kate Millett. Sexual Politics. Granada Publishing, 1969.

Sandra Morgen. Into Our Own Hands: The Women’s Health Movement in the United States, 1969 - 1990. Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway. What to Expect When You're Expecting. Workman Publishing, 1984.


Jennifer Nelson. Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement. New York University Press, 2003.

Jennifer Nelson. More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women’s Health Movement. New York University Press, 2015.


James T. Patterson. Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama. Basic Books, 2010.

Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar. Heinemann, 1963.

Heather Munro Prescott. The Morning After: A History of Emergency Contraception in the United States. Rutgers University Press, 2011.


Leslie J. Reagan. Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America. University of California Press, 2010.

Elizabeth Reis. Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex. John Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Adrienne Rich. Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution. W.W. Norton, 1976.

Dorothy Roberts. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Pantheon Books, 1997.

Esther Rothblum and Kathleen Brehony. Boston Marriages. University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.

Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett. When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made. University of North Carolina Press, 2012.


Elizabeth M. Schneider. Battered Women and Feminist Lawmaking. Yale University Press, 2000.

Johanna Schoen. Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare. University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Wendy Shalit. A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue. Free Press, 1999.

Celine Parrenas Shimizu. The Hypersexuality of Race: Performing Asian/American Women on Screen and Scene. Duke University Press, 2007.

Jael M. Silliman and Anannya Bhattacharjee. Policing the National Body: Race, Gender and Criminalization. South End Press, 2002.

Jael Silliman, Marlene Gerber Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena R. Gutierrez. Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice. South End Press, 2004.

Dr. Benjamin Spock. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1946.

Marc Stein. Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe. University of North Carolina Press, 2010.

Nadine Strossen. Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights. New York University Press, 2000.


Andrea Tone. Devices and Desires: A History of Contraceptives in America. Macmillan, 2002.


Susan Ware. Title IX: A Brief History with Documents. Waveland Press, 2007.

Susan Ware. Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports. University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Elizabeth Siegel Watkins. On the Pill: A Social History of Contraceptives, 1950 - 1970. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

George Weinberg. Society and the Healthy Homosexual. Macmillan, 1972.

Leigh Ann Wheeler. How Sex Became a Civil Liberty. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Evelyn C. White. The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking For Ourselves. Seal Press, 1994.

Naomi Wolf. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women. William Morrow, 1991.

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