Tuesday, May 29, 2012

TOB Tuesday

Over the long weekend, I learned of yet another resource for women's health that seems to be consistent with the principles we draw from Theology of the Body: women are treated as complete persons, not simply reduced to a reproductive system; the medical aspects of reproductive health starts with the woman's understanding of her own body, not with a doctor's expertise (though FEMM has a strong formal medical division with specialized materials for doctors): it's just that everything starts by treating the woman as a person, and above all as a person in relationship. THAT's a TOB view of the human  person!

FEMM "demystifies reproductive health and empowers women and girls with the knowledge to chart their own reproductive course." And it doesn't leave out the other half of the fertility equation: a very significant difference from so many approaches to "reproductive health."

A woman involved in the launch explains:
 "Authentic women’s healthcare recognizes that women have a right to know and understand their own bodies, and to receive the knowledge they need to be partners in the management and choices they make for their long-term health. Such knowledge enables women – and men – to work together to achieve the physical and emotional health that women need and deserve."
"It is obvious, but worth stating, that men are also persons – subjects with rights – who experience themselves as subjects in relation to other subjects, and who act and self-determine. Further, as with women, men also long for intimacy with another person. Because of this deep longing and capacity to give fully to another, men want to enter into the reality and knowledge of the other person to whom he longs to give himself fully. Thus, men, too, are key partners in the understanding and management of women’s health.
"This ability to interact in a way that respects each person as a subject, and which enables being in relation with another person while respecting his or her freedom, is necessary for authentically personal, or human interactions to take place."

This program is still in its "beta" stage, but is welcoming participants as it attempts to perfect its online charting system.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi. I'm not Catholic but, by some strange and probably playful acts of God, I am a theologian trained out of Fordham University and something of a maven about monasticism. I went to grad school with a nun who could be a bishop if she had the appropriate anatomy. I'd like to be able to read and post here if it's okay with you.

Thanks and God bless,