Everything Below the Waist by Jennifer Block

Everything Below the Waist

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 ...

Details Everything Below the Waist

TitleEverything Below the Waist
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Science, Health, Medical

Reviews Everything Below the Waist

  • 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 in women than in men. Jennifer Block’s argument is that a feminist revolution in medicine is very needed, but that’ll only happen when the medical establishment genuinely values women; when women are more empowered; and when they're allowed to hav...
  • 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 stenosis, DDD, Bilateral Facet Atrophy, and severe foraminal narrowing requiring surgery I can tell you this, never trust doctors when they note that's normal wear and tear, that taking steroids or drugs is common place, that it is not significant o...
  • 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 them do it. An eye-opening, investigative account of the dismal state of women's healthcare in the U.S.American women visit more doctors, have more surgery, and fill more prescriptions than men. In Everything Below the Waist, Jennifer Block asks: Why is...
  • 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 date. This one is a must read for every woman currently under the care of the US healthcare system as well as all medical providers.Offering up an extensive history of women’s healthcare, this book can at times be a bit dry. But those dry facts sh...
  • 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 women may have a more difficult time being heard within the medical community, but instead it focused on women-specific health concerns, such as the Pill, female organs, pregnancy, and related topics. While this book was well-written and straight-forw...
  • 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 times quite overwhelming. (The first chapter about birth control pills actually sent me into a panic attack). However, as I've continued reading, this book has become my very own personal Healthcare Bible. I've probably dog eared at least 50 pages for my...
  • 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 treats women. Everything Below the Waist contains not only a great deal of information on the state of women's healthcare, but also includes a lot of real life stories from women. I very much agree with the statement in the synopsis, that women are ofte...
  • 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 dives deeply into each topic, and her research often goes back decades as she strives to give readers an understanding of how practices have evolved over the last 50-100 years. She makes a solid case that many common practices for women's health care a...
  • 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, particularly men in politics and public policy, to be at least basically literate on women's health. I'd prefer that my opinion was never asked on this topic, but it is, every time I vote, and so I should be minimally educated. I learned a lot from ...
    I got an ADC from Netgalley for review.I finished this a couple of days ago but I was not sure how to review it.I went back and forth on 4 or 5 stars, because there was a lot I disagreed with but ultimately it was so well written, and taught me so much I didn't know about previous fights for abortion rights, that I could justify the 5 stars for info and research. I loved the knowledge and history shared.I knew a little about birth trauma but some...
  • Cari
    Block's PUSHED was an influential work in the fight against medicalized birth. I found it to be the most well-researched book I read while preparing for the deliveries of my children in 2012 and 2015. While there are never any easy answers when it comes to birth, Block covered the story from a well-rounded and evidence-based point of view. I appreciated this same perspective in this book, which expands the scope to include birth control, IVF, hys...
  • Victoria Tice
    A must-read for every woman.
  • Vlad
    Wow. Everything you think you know about women’s medicine is wrong. From IUDs to abortion to the birth business ... this book is eye opening.
  • Diana
    An eye-opening, important book about inequality in medical care for women. Provides hard to come by statistics.
  • Cynthia D
    Holy cannoli! This book is chock full of information and so many bits of historical information around why healthcare is the way it is for women today. I really didn't expect that when I requested this book, and I'm pleasantly surprised by that.I have a public health background and did an internship at Planned Parenthood as a student, so these issues are near and dear to me. Jennifer Block did a great job at processing all the information and his...
  • Sammi Jayne Brooks
    Anyone that reads my reviews knows I hate "copy and paste" books. So for me to be giving this book 5 STARS is an incredible achievement. I'm also not one to like reading stuff that makes no sense to me (OK, who is?), like detailed science or topics I don't know much about, but the author has made this very easy to read. They have used quotes from other websites and then added their own sentences in-between to make sense of what is being said. Bec...
  • The Lexington Bookie
    Holy. WOW.Not even 5% into this eARC galley I was already astounded. Block does her research and backs it with scientific evidence, case studies, and even more research! Right out of the gate, she is offering factual information without holding anything back, yet staying absolutely in control of her writing. However, it's not like reading a text book- it's like listening to your best friend who happens to by a genius feminist OB/GYN give a presen...
  • Carol Evans
    Everything Below the Waist by Jennifer Block was eye-opening. In the last few years, I’ve gone out of my way to see women doctors, they make me more comfortable and I feel like they listen better, but to be honest, I hadn’t really thought beyond that. Block’s focus is on women’s reproductive health specifically, but she does talk about how doctors and the medical establishment treat women both now and historically.Female reproductive heal...
  • Rachel
    This book was hard to read. It broke my heart, enraged me, but also made me feel validated in my experiences. At times, I'd catch myself clenching my jaw at the horror of the experiences documented here, or I'd feel my lip curl up involuntarily.I wish I could say I don't believe a lot of what's in here, but either I or someone I know has had similar experiences. I think this book is going to make a lot of people angry, but I think people should b...
  • Darcie K
    Good lord, why is everything so f*cking hard? Doctors don't know about women's bodies because they rely on research done by men on men's bodies. Oh, and traditional interpretations of history inform men (and women) that women's opinions and experiences are of a lesser value. Real conversation I had in an emergency room: "Pain? Maybe it's anxiety." "It's not. I don't have anything to be anxious about." "Hmm. Try relaxing for the next few weeks and...
  • Julie
    A strong contribution to feminist health advocacy literature! Block covers her vast topics well. Occasionally, I wanted her to delve further into a topic, or to more continually emphasize health disparities, especially among women of color (though she does so a solid amount and acknowledges that she's leaving out hurdles faced by trans people). Nonetheless, this book is solidly anti-oppression--radical in its reach and questioning of orthodoxy. I...
  • Kathleen
    This is a very important book full of research on what half of the people in the world need to know. Up until now, the majority of information about sexuality and the organs involved has been for males; even the lab rats were males. This book is for anyone, those just beginning their reproductive years or who care about someone who is, clear through menopause and the question of whether or not to take hormones. It is eye opening. I wished this bo...
  • Jessica
    I won this book as an ARC in a Goodreads Giveaway. This book is about female OBGYN health, which I was interested in primarily because I have a uterus. From pads to pap smears this book covers it all, exploring why birth control was created and why a male equivalent has not yet been created (could it be because side effects such as decreased libido are to blame??), postpartum care, and so much more. For anyone who is interested in gynecological h...
  • Amber
    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads’ First Reads program. I’m not really sure what to say about this one, other than it made me despair to be a woman living in the United States, and, it pretty well put me off the idea of ever bearing children in this country. While there are some encouraging moments, the majority of this book is a collection of terrors which women have been subjected to in the US’ medical system. It’s d...
  • Hannah L
    “Covering up the symptoms, removing the organs, or bypassing normal functions is generally the treatment protocol for most problems.” Wow. While there were some points that I disagreed with the author on, I overall found this book to be so helpful and eye opening. I saw my stories and the stories of friends laid out on these pages...stories of confusion, pain, and misinformation all the result of a health care system (and ideology) that would...
  • Kirsten Jorgensen
    Everything Below The Waist was interesting, informative, and horrifying. It taught me a lot about the current state of female healthcare (mostly gynecological) and how to make informed choices. A combination of anecdotes, research, and commentary, I thought Jennifer Block did a good job focusing on data and presenting the big picture. I wish there was more discussion about how to fix the system going forward, but I'm sure awareness is a big first...
  • Shari Suarez
    Eye opening look at the medical system and how it treats women. Covering everything from birth control to infertility and prescriptions to abortion this is a well-researched account of the dismal state of healthcare as it pertains to women. Jennifer Block has done a wonderful job of giving you statistics as well as speaking with doctors, nurses, midwives and patients about women and their healthcare.I was incredibly sad and angry while reading th...
  • Leigh Ann
    An informative and comprehensive call to action, well-researched history and medicine. Not advocating an "all-natural" approach to women's health; she advocates that we understand women's bodies more and find better and more effective alternatives to current medical practices, which often to lead to overdiagnosis, overtreatment, and overall more health risks. She presents both sides of the issue so readers and consumers can make more informed dec...
  • Helena#bookdreamer
    Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.I thought this was a very well written book. It is related from a feminist perspective on women's health and the disparity that still exist in medicine. Heavy reading material but digestible if you are interested in this topic. The author raises good points on the importance of women taking ownership of their health and the medical industry making necessary changes to pro...