Directed by Mary Jane Sherfey's 1972 point-by-point comparison of clitoral and penile anatomy, the FWHC
rediscovered and defined the female clitoris pragmatically through consciousness-raising sessions and shared intimate experiences that included participants taking off their clothes to compare genital anatomy and documenting each other masturbating.
Self Help Clinic" was the official name for a series of meetings organized by FWHCs, in which women, often strangers to each other, met for a set number of weeks facilitated by a lay health worker.
The clitoral study of 1978, for example, which was undertaken as part of a collective Federation of FWHCs book project, captured the methodological mode of feminist self-help research, as well as the ambivalent place of sexuality within it.
On the abortion side of FWHCs, the details of technical procedures were deliberately organized to empower the woman client, from assigning the doctor the status of technician, to offering women the opportunity to examine their aborted tissue under a microscope.
Further, the women represented in these images were clearly raced and diverse, capturing both the reality of women who used FWHCs (if not the directorship) and their idealized, although problematically conceived, global sisterhood.
Janelle Yamarick, FWHC's community services director, said the care is provided by the same doctors, nurses and counselors that already work with FWHC clients.
FWHC is building its own institutional knowledge by retaining staff who have been involved with the clinic since its start and by sending staff to workshops at Southern Comfort.