The Body Is Not An Apology

The Body Is Not An Apology

The Power of Radical Self-love

Book - 2018
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"Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies. The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we act from this truth on a global scale, we usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world--for us all"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, [2018]
ISBN: 9781626569768
1626569762
Characteristics: xiii, 137 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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More than just Self-Care/Help this book challenges us to experience real radical self-love so that we are better able to identify and interrupt systems of oppression with a vision of everyone experiencing a more caring and just world.

"Systems of oppression thrive off our inability to make peace with difference and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies. The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by these violent systems."

"The Body Is Not an Apology offers radical self-love as the balm to heal the wounds inflicted by violent systems. World-renowned activist and poet Sonya Renee Taylor invites us to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies and celebrate our collective, enduring strength."... Read More »

Annie S says: This is about the concept of how radical self acceptance can transform our lives, communities, and the earth. Loved this because it's for everyone!

Resolve to love your body: An activist and poet, Taylor draws from her own experiences and those of friends and family to celebrate bodies that are marginalized in our society, and to replace learned shame and embarrassment with radical self-love and courage.


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nadinecoffin
Jun 06, 2020

Essential reading! Also, go follow @sonyareneetaylor on Instagram for more important perspectives on current events.

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booksmile
Jan 17, 2020

Good messages, kinda academic and analytical. Short book worth a read. Deals with a very wide variety of intersectional issues, not just weight or race, but also age, genders, ability, etc.

...Buuut I dislike the putting down of other movements like "body acceptance"--it's possible for all body-positivity movements to have some worth and validity and there's no need to put down other philosophies that are quite similar, we should be working together more, not making further divisions.

LPL_PolliK Jan 07, 2019

This book is a powerful reflection on social justice and radical self-love, both things we need more of in our world. Taylor writes convincingly about the need to do the work of radically loving ourselves so that we can radically love others, which is at the very heart of defeating systems of oppression. Oppression cannot thrive without doubt, fear, and hatred of difference, without othering people. Taylor ties body positivity explicitly with social justice, and it is a beautiful breath of fresh air.

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