Three years of group discussion, problem sharing, medical research and study went into this comprehensive, admirably clear and truly humane ""course"" on the biological and psychological functioning of women. Beginning with female anatomy (illustrated with photos and diagrams) and extending into nutrition, exercise, self-defense, birth control, abortion, childbearing, menopause and general health care, Our Bodies, Ourselves provides detailed basic information on physiology, hormones and basic bodily processes more cogently than most medical manuals. With a firm back of the hand to male ""experts"" -- psychiatrists, obstetricians, educators and others -- the authors speak directly from firsthand experience on the emotional hazards and challenges of becoming a fully conscious, autonomous woman. They manage to exorcise most of the anxiety, secret guilt, frustration, anger and shame inherited from parents or society at large over menstruation, virginity, lesbian promptings, motherhood, monogamy, and even incestuous or scatological fantasies. Extracts from sex manuals, porno sheets and conventional medical handbooks are used to illustrate their contention that such ""guides"" to sexual and biological norms are crammed with misinformation, paternalistic or condescending advice, and damaging stereotypes of femininity. A special chapter on (and by) lesbians is especially strong in describing the psychological harassment and hostility of therapists and the struggle for a dignified identify experienced by women who love other women. Lucid, supportive and holistic.