Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution Review

An eye-opening, investigative account of the dismal state of women's healthcare in the U.S.

One of Elle's "30 Best Books to Read This Summer"

American women visit more doctors, have more surgery, and fill more prescriptions than men. In Everything Below the Waist, Jennifer Block asks: Why is the life expectancy of women today declining relative to women in other high-income countries, and even relative to the generation before them? Block examines several staples of modern women's health care, from fertility technology to contraception to pelvic surgery to miscarriage treatment, and finds that while overdiagnosis and overtreatment persist in medicine writ large, they are particularly acute for women. One third of mothers give birth by major surgery; roughly half of women lose their uterus to hysterectomy.

Feminism turned the world upside down, yet to a large extent the doctors' office has remained stuck in time. Block returns to the 1970s women's health movement to understand how in today's supposed age of empowerment, women's bodies are still so vulnerable to medical control--particularly their sex organs, and as result, their sex lives.

In this urgent book, Block tells the stories of patients, clinicians, and reformers, uncovering history and science that could revolutionize the standard of care, and change the way women think about their health. Everything Below the Waist challenges all people to take back control of their bodies.

Title:Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

    Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution Reviews

  • Caroline

    ***NO SPOILERS***It's been reported that doctors dismiss female patients while taking seriously male patients. For instance, doctors are more likely to miss symptoms of heart disease or heart attack i...

  • Emily D

    Even though I haven't read it, I've rated it five stars to cancel out the one-star review of a guy who seems to be a Neo-Nazi....

  • Donna Hines

    "An eye-opening, investigative account of the dismal state of women's healthcare in the U.S."As a woman who has suffered from chronic back pain which was finally diagnosed 30 yrs later as spinal canal...

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let the...

  • Melissa

    “This is a book about feminism’s unfinished revolution in women’s health.”Fascinating, informative, and appalling, Jennifer Block has written the most revealing book on women’s healthcare to...

  • Sarah

    This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, but it is a solid introduction into the issue of women's health care. I expected this book to cover more general topics of health and look into how w...

  • Jessica

    (I received my ARC of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway).I will start off by saying this book has taken me so long to finish because it is so heavy and in your face with information that it is at time...

  • Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)

    When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew I wanted to read it immediately. As someone who has both chronic physical and mental illnesses, I have experienced the way our medical community often tre...

  • Mary

    Everything Below the Waist is a thorough investigation of women's health care. Block examines topics such as birth control, fertility/infertility, routine gynecological exams, and so much more. She di...

  • Ian Rose

    Such a hard book for me to review. It wasn't written for me, and I'm not qualified to criticize it, many of the ideas, terminology and situations in it being new to me. I think it's important for men,...