Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are sealed with scars.
― Kahlil Gibran
The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
By Sonya Renee Taylor
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
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RECLAIMING BODY TRUST IS
BOTH PERSONAL AND POLITICAL
We struggle to recognize the role discrimination, stigma and oppression play in our overall well-being. We fail to see how our conversations about well-being bypass the social determinants of health. We over-rely on personal responsibility and bootstrapping rhetoric. We reinforce a hierarchy of bodies that is upheld across systems and institutions. This book explores where and why that coping began, how it evolved, and how we get free.
By Virgie Tovar
Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it―and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she’s been helping others to do the same. Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and how to reject diet culture’s greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.