The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power Of Radical Self-Love
ISBN: 1626569762
EAN13: 9781626569768
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 13, 2018
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 0.43" H x 8.46" L x 5.47" W
Weight: 0.43 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves.'The body is not an apology' is the mantra we should all embrace.
--Kimberl Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum

Taylor invites us to break up with shame, to deepen our literacy, and to liberate our practice of celebrating every body and never apologizing for this body that is mine and takes care of me so well.
--Alicia Garza, cocreator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Strategy + Partnerships Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance

Her manifesto on radical self-love is life altering--required reading for anyone who struggles with body image.
--Claire Foster, Foreword Review

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 Read More chevron_right

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   I Wasn't As Inspired as I Thought I Would Be
I heard Sonya on the podcast Ten Percent Happier and bought the book right after. I am a middle-aged white male who is very conscious and sensitive to stereotyping and racism. After reading this book, I expected to be more inspired to do more to make the world a better place after reading this book, but was not motivated to more than what I am now. Not sure why, not sure why.
Yes, I loved that the author shines the light on the Body Terror Industrial Complex and how corporations love to make us hate ourselves so that they can make money. However, I can 't get behind the fact that the White Patriarchy is at the heart of all this body - terror. What happened to the self-responsibility? If you want to blame all your problems on white men, you will probably love this book. If not, and you actually want to take responsibility for yourself and own the power to create your own life, you'll probably find it off-putting, like I did. Don 't bother Don 't bother.
   I did not like this book, disappointed.
Honestly, I don 't agree with her on several points. I was apparently shamed by my father by my standards, by my standards, by my example, my father was very health conscious, and wanted me to be healthy ; in my opinion, he was parenting. I am a white 61 year old when it comes to loving our bodies, but I don 't think that any one race of women has a monopoly on feeling uncomfortable with their bodies. I understand that she would not have this insight... but, I kinda felt left out of the equation.
   This book though
This book is incredible. For anyone who struggles with embracing and loving their bodies, this book is a blessing in other words for all. Read it carefully. It is not regrettable if you miss it.
   Powerful, Thoughtful, and Challenging
The book was recommended by a friend of mine to me. It had never come up on my radar before, I never heard it on my timeline, heard quotes from it or heard the author, Sonya Renee Taylor, before. I am so glad that I have now. This book is one I recommend to everyone, as my friend did with me. It is worth the time you spend and your work. This isn’t a book of body positivity, but it does have aspects of this. This is a present day and historical account of straight up body terrorism and how we are all steeped in it and accountable for it. Taylor leads us through a journey to self-awareness using the body. We all have one, and it makes the messaging for all digestible. The endgame is radical self-love in the face of white supremacy, capitalism and our own implicit biases.
I want my money back! I want my money! Whining, self pity, justification. Comparing '', being fat, self inflicted to a physical disability, is just sad. Using sexism, racism, and any other ism to justify being fat and blaming society, while telling ur readers that they have to change? WHAT?
   You need to hear this message!
Ever wish you could go back in time and gift a messagebook to your childhood self? This is that book's title. Body positivity emitted from the pages and I definitely have a new take on how much I should care about what other people think. The personal stories used by the author are tremendous and help relate the message.
   Not very useful
I bought this book for my girlfriend, who suffers from a poor body image. She was excited to read it, but her opinion changed only in the first chapter. She said that it was full of politically and racial ramblings and not at all on the subject. She did not even bother with finishing the book. We have donated it just ''.
   Waste of Money
Only a few decent quotes about self-love that actually help. Mostly just a book written by a super lib, fighting for females in politics and the homosexual transgen community. Here was nothing of any value to me, and more annoying than anything else.
   Positive, Practical and Healing Book
Sonya has written a real gem with this book Sonya has written a real gem. It is relevant to all who need to heal around the body image and see their body in the light of love. She has written a book with heart that will open your heart. Several times I found myself with tears streaming down my face, her writing piercing just the topic I needed to consider. I was able to laugh loudly other times thanks to her spunky humor. Sonya is a superb storyteller and I am already looking forward to her next book. Well done! Well done! ''