Advance Praise for Everything Below the Waist

Here, at last, is the comprehensive feminist medical examination we’ve been waiting for. Jennifer Block methodically, skillfully, and compassionately dismantles standard practices that continue to do so much harm to women.Buy one copy for yourself and a second copy for a friend, sister, aunt, mother, cousin, daughter, neighbor. Block is a national treasure, and this is her most ambitious work yet.

Elisa Albert, author of After Birth

Attention women: your ‘wellness’ visits may be unnecessary and may even lead to harm. That’s the disturbing fact at the center of Jennifer Block’s important expose of a health-care system that is most profoundly failing female patients. Every woman needs to read this book.

Pagan Kennedy, New York Times contributing writer and author of Inventology

This book is brilliant, controversial, exhaustive, funny, and necessary… I cannot wait to buy it for friends wondering how to live feminist lives in the contemporary age.

Renée Ann Cramer, Professor of Law, Politics, and Society, Drake University and author of Pregnant with the Stars

Block’s journalistic standards are impeccable. From the first sentence, she draws you in, evoking every emotion, with the book often reading more like a novel than an exposé on the complicated world of women’s medicine.

Toni Weschler, author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility and Cycle Savvy

Nearly fifty years ago, the women’s health movement transformed the doctor/patient relationship and empowered women to listen to and believe in their bodies. In Everything Below the Waist, Jennifer Block suggests that perhaps the movement was not quite as transformative as we’d like it to have been. This is a powerful and important book that forces us to face the limitations of medical technology to truly liberate women. It’s also a great read; I couldn’t put it down. It should be required reading of anyone interested in the future of women’s health.

Wendy Kline, Professor, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine, Department of History, Purdue University, author of Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Birth