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The Body Is Not an Apology
The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love | Sonya Renee Taylor
The Body Is Not an Apology The Power of Radical Self-Love Against a global backdrop of war, social upheaval, and personal despair, there is a growing sense of urgency to challenge the systems of oppression that dehumanize bodies and strip us of our shared humanity. Rather than feel helpless in the face of oppression, world-renowned activist, performance poet, and author Sonya Renee Taylor teaches us how to turn to the power of radical self-love in her new book, The Body Is Not an Apology. Radical self-love is the guiding framework that transforms the learned self-hatred of our bodies and the prejudices we have about other people's bodies into a vision of compassion, equity, and justice. In a revolutionary departure from the corporate self-help and body-positivity movement, Taylor forges the inextricable bond between radical self-love and social justice. The first step is recognizing that we have all been indoctrinated into a system of body shame that profits off of our self-hatred. When we ask ourselves, Who benefits from our collective shame? we can begin to make the distinction between the messages we are receiving about our bodies or other bodies and the truth. This book moves us beyond our all-too-often hidden lives, where we are easily encouraged to forget that we are whole humans having whole human experiences in our bodies alongside others. Radical self-love encourages us to embark on a personal journey of transformation with thoughtful reflection on the origins of our minds and bodies as a source of strength. In doing this, we not only learn to reject negative messages about ourselves but begin to thwart the very power structures that uphold them. Systems of oppression thrive off of our inability to make peace with bodies and difference. Radical self-love not only dismantles shame and self-loathing in us but has the power to dismantle global systems of injusticebecause when we make peace with our bodies, only then do we have the capacity to truly make peace with the bodies of others.
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bookwrm526
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Holy wow! I don‘t know how successful I will be at putting ANY of this into practice, but I certainly needed to hear it...all of it.

wanderinglynn Wow! I really like this one. 👍🏻❤️ 2w
bookwrm526 @wanderinglynn it was much more effective :) 2w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#MOvember

I‘ve not read it but the bold cover caught my attention. From the synopsis, it sounds like an important reminder of a book. “Taylor invites us to live in a world where different bodies are seen, affirmed, celebrated, and just...to break up with shame, to deepen our literacy, and to liberate our practice of celebrating every body”..and never apologise for this body of ours. Never have to feel #sorry for yourself.

Cinfhen This cover is such an attention grabber!!!! Love it 😍 3mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Wow, that cover is striking! 3mo
batsy Yes! Thank you for the reminder 💜 3mo
rmaclean4 That cover is everything! 3mo
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Owlizabeth
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Cinfhen I‘ve always found this cover striking 💙 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Attention-grabbing cover! 4mo
readordierachel YES. So beautiful. 4mo
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NeamhainHughes
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Pickpick

Amazing. Highly recommend to literally everyone. It‘s helped me work through stuff I didn‘t even realise I was carrying.

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NeamhainHughes
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Finally got this from the library. Less than a chapter in and. It. Is. So. Good. I already teared up a couple times, it‘s so validating and beautiful and *true*.

FeministBookClub I LOVED this book. 6mo
NeamhainHughes @FeministBookClub It‘s so amazing omg 6mo
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BeaG
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Great summer read. She tells you upfront it isn't a self esteem builder. It is bringing a new way of thinking about self, radical self love. I will revisit this book as reminders of radical self love. Keeping the information I need to improve my body and thinking.

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting. Stacked! 7mo
riversong153 I want this book! 7mo
BeaG @wanderinglynn @riversong153 I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it. Ot is enlightening. I have jotted down some things too. Worth a reread. 7mo
RaimeyGallant Sold! 7mo
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Mimi28
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In honor of International No Diet Day I am breaking out these 2 wonderful books. I have gained 20 pounds since the break- up and I really need some body positive encouragement right now. Here‘s #Ozzie and #Stormy #catsoflitsy ( I saw the International No Diet Day on Instagram)

MidnightBookGirl My friend has Not an Apology tattoo because she's been on a years long journey to body positiveness, and I can tell you that she is so much happier. I'm trying very hard to watch the things I say about myself, words that I often wouldn't say to my worst enemy, and it's made me much more aware of the casual cruelty we rain down upon ourselves. Also, your cats are adorable! 9mo
Mimi28 @MidnightBookGirl That‘s awesome about your friend and about you too!! Thanks for the compliment about my cats!! 😻😻❤️❤️ 9mo
cherinium I love when kitties are friends! 9mo
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FeministBookClub
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On the podcast today: intern Maraya‘s final book review (spoiler alert: we all love this book)
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mreads The best cover👍 9mo
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razmanda
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Empowering, radical, imperative. I listened to the audio version and it‘s fantastic, but I definitely want to get my own “to keep” physical copy. This is both a reference book and a to-do list on how to truly, really love your body as it is right now. Highly recommend.

Hooked_on_books I just loved this one. She‘s awesome. 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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I enjoyed this a lot! Its theories were a lot more expansive than I was expecting, and I loved how it discussed ableism and how it intersects with body weight and body image.

Unfortunately, as always, I‘m going to need to be a killjoy about writers saying ‘gay and lesbian‘ rather than something more inclusive of bi pan etc. people, but it didn‘t ruin the book for me and I‘d absolutely read more by the author. I‘ll check out her website

Weaponxgirl Thanks for pointing that out. It‘s not something I normally notice so obviously one of my blind spots. I‘ll keep my eyes open from now on. I‘m glad you enjoyed it though 😊 10mo
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Emilymdxn
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I‘m in need of some feminism and body positivity atm so I thought it was a perfect time to dive into this #blameitonlitsy book. I can‘t remember who I saw reading it originally, was it you @Weaponxgirl ??

Weaponxgirl Yup it was me 😁 hope you like it as much as I do! @GingerAntics has been posting quotes from the tagged book and it looks like it may be your thing too. 10mo
GingerAntics This one is getting moved up my TBR after Jes Baker‘s book. She mentioned this one. (edited) 10mo
SW-T It‘s a good read 😊 Another good one is 10mo
Emilymdxn @sw-t @gingerantics @weaponxgirl those both look like great books! Stacked 10mo
Weaponxgirl @SW-T I loved shrill! It‘s being made into a series I heard. I‘m not sure how they will do it but I can‘t wait! 10mo
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Weaponxgirl
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It‘s safe to say I loved this. What I view as self help is not normally my bag but this felt different. There was a huge grounding in reality and tbh it‘s one of those books I loved so much that Im Finding it hard to say anything other than I want people to read it! #readblackwomen

Weaponxgirl Available on #scibd 12mo
mreads Great cover 👍 12mo
Libby1 Wow. That cover. 11mo
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Weaponxgirl
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I swear I will stop spamming you with quotes from this book soon!
#readblackwomen

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Weaponxgirl
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Weaponxgirl This is available on #scribd in the uk too 12mo
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Weaponxgirl
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This book is short but is proving full of content. I would really like to give this to young people as a primer on a lot of issues to do with the body.

kgriffith Such an awesome movement. 12mo
Weaponxgirl @kgriffith it is! I. Glad I moved out from my normal reading zone to give this a try. Love that this book is based in reality rather than too woo woo that some books on body positivity can be 12mo
Lauram I wish I could like this a million times. I have spent too much time in my career arguing and advocating for the needs of individuals with disabilities. 12mo
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Weaponxgirl @Lauram same here. I work with children with disabilities and this just struck a nerve for me. It had a bit in the book earlier talking about inspiration porn which is another bugbear of mine. 12mo
Emilymdxn I‘m definitely going to read this!! Thank you for introducing it to me 12mo
Weaponxgirl @Emilymdxn you are welcome, it‘s a short book too so easy to digest. 😊 12mo
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Weaponxgirl

For so many of us, sorry is how we have come to translate the word body.

Not my usual sort of read but I can see how this would be great for so many people #readblackwomen

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nadine_swartz
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Just finished this audio book today and will definitely need to revisit it!

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nadine_swartz
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Excited to start this for a book club. May be the first "self-help" book I've read?

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CareBear
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She wants to be on the cover, too! #catsoflitsy #penny #reversereadathon 😻

Christine11 Love it! 😂 1y
Mimi28 Aaaaawww!!! 😻😻😻 1y
LazyOwl She's workin it 🤣 1y
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AllenTStClair 🐱 🐾😍 1y
Hooked_on_books She mimics that cover so well! I really liked that book. 1y
laurenlovesliterature Cat fancy cover 1y
CareBear She totally is @LazyOwl 1y
CareBear @laurenlovesliterature limited edition 🤣 1y
CareBear @Hooked_on_books isn‘t it funny? I just started the book! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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When browsing at Powell‘s, I was utterly arrested by this cover and couldn‘t not buy this. And I‘m so glad I did. I‘ve struggled with body image all my life (as I suspect most women have), and this book is a great guide to readjusting one‘s attitudes and viewpoint. It is so positive and upbeat as well as funny. This will be a keeper on my shelves for when I need a reminder.

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daniwithtea
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#lmpbc #groupN I have a lot of nonfic on my TBR! @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill do any of these appeal?

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Already read Tears We Cannot Stop. It‘s so good! On my TBR: Dr Mutter, Enlightenment Now, Typhoid Mary. Def interested in Beirut Won‘t Cry. I‘ll have to look at the others, but I‘m trying to take a break from blatant self-help stuff because they are all so repetitive. By blatant I mean books that aren‘t connected to a strong memoir or personal story. 2y
tjwill Those all look good! I‘m leaning toward a history. Dr. Mutter, Typhoid Mary, or Beirut Won‘t Cry. I will gladly read anything though. Parsnips looks funny. (edited) 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I have not read any of these! I just added Typhoid Mary to my TBR list (for the obvious reasons, I didn‘t realize he‘d written a more historical book), Parsnips looks funny, and Beirut Won‘t Cry looks great too. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m adding The Body is Not an Apology to my TBR list too. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Three of us are adding Typhoid Mary to our TBR. Plus of course @daniwithtea suggested it. Do you guys think that makes it a pick? @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @tjwill 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Typhoid Mary it is! 2y
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theshrinkette
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Oof. I'm going to keep coming back to this book a lot. It is mind-blowing that self-love is radical behavior in the first place. This was a very affirming read.

Mdargusch That photo really woke me up this morning! 😁 2y
Buddys_Momma OMG!!!! The cover is beautiful!!! 😍😍 2y
CoCo_Chasing_Adventures I LOVE THIS COVER! 2y
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theshrinkette
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I can't sleep and I have to be on a train in less than five hours. Welp.

HardcoverHearts If you ever get the chance to see her speak, I can‘t recommend it enough. She is a force! 2y
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amvs1111
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This book is delicious. Intersectional body positivity?! Just what I needed right now. #loveyourself #readingwomenwriters #feminism

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