New York Times bestseller! "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."
—Kimberlé Crenshaw, legal scholar and founder and Executive Director, African American Policy Forum
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.
This second edition includes stories from Taylor's travels around the world combating body terrorism and shines a light on the path toward liberation guided by love. In a brand new final chapter, she offers specific tools, actions, and resources for confronting racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. And she provides a case study showing how radical self-love not only dismantles shame and self-loathing in us but has the power to dismantle entire systems of injustice. Together with the accompanying workbook, Your Body Is Not an Apology, Taylor brings the practice of radical self-love to life.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This isn’t a self-help guide—at least not the kind we’re used to. Poet and social activist Sonya Renee Taylor introduces us to a powerful concept she calls radical self-love: cherishing your own mind and body, not despite your supposed flaws, but because of them. She argues, compellingly, that knowing and loving our own bodies helps us understand that evils like violence, poverty, and injustice aren’t abstract concepts but real things that happen to real bodies. Taylor doesn’t expect us to be able to transform overnight. So along with the nuts and bolts of radical self-love, she provides tl:dr highlights of each key concept, as well as what she calls Unapologetic Inquiries: big questions to ask yourself about personal topics like our own experiences with body shame. The Body Is Not an Apology can help us change the world by changing how we think about ourselves.
I never viewed radical self-love as so….transforming! This book is a must read. Its beyond thought provoking. This is what communities need.