by E. Rettberg
typographic: The dialogue's two speakers each have a separate typographic style: the gynecologist, italicized text, and the woman, small-caps text.
imagery: The book is filled with images, per the afterword, of "ancient visual representations of women by men."
graphical: Each verso of the book block features an image of a body; the recto, various images of fragmented anatomy that constitute a frame for the text.
development: As the book goes on, the images shift from inaccurate representations of female anatomy to gynecological instruments such as forceps.
The book's narrative, in which a gynecologist urges a female patient to pursue a hysterectomy, subtly suggests that the male gynecologist has subconscious ulterior motives. The afterword, presented in a direct, non-fictive authorial voice, explains the American Medical Association's usurpation of the historical profession of midwifery. The afterword confirms the book's stance as an attack on the state of the "still largely patriarchal practice of gynecology."
active: United States
Visual Studies Workshop Press
location: Rochester, NY
edition type: editioned
publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press
place: Rochester, NY
edition size: unknown
horizontal: 6 inches closed
vertical: 8.5 inches closed
binding: saddle stitching (AAT) two staples
general description: Two different shades of beige dominate the book's design, and found illustrations and text fill each page.
format: codex (AAT)
cover: The cover's simple design features a full-justified title, the artists' name, and a vaguely ambiguous woodcut image.
color: yes just beige and black
pagination: paginated 29 numbered pages