Last week we asked for your help in updating the sexual relationships section in the next edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” (Simon & Schuster, 2011). We had no idea what response we would receive to an invitation to join an online discussion that touches on many personal issues.
Would people be interested? Would they be willing to share?
The short answer is an overwhelming “Yes.”
The response has been amazing — we’ve received hundreds of submissions, so many that we’re going to move the deadline up to Wednesday, Feb. 3.
But! We will need input on other chapters in the coming months. We probably won’t be able to do another online discussion, but we’ll ask for specific stories and anecdotes to help personalize and add insight to the topics covered throughout the book.
We’ve flagged some of the relationship submissions for this purpose. So many of you were incredibly forthcoming about other aspects of your lives — as mothers, as survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, as feminists taking on sexism — and we may get in touch with you for permission to include your perspective in another section.
The editorial team working on the 2011 edition has been so moved by the generosity and support of OBOS readers. A big thank you from all of us to all of you!