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Believing in the power of art is a vehicle for social change, Sonya has been widely recognized for her work as a change agent. She was named one of Planned Parenthood's 99 Dream Keepers in 2015 as well as a Planned Parenthood Generation Action's 2015 Outstanding Partner awardee. Bustle Magazine named her one of the 12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity.
In 2011, Sonya founded The Body is Not An Apology, as an online community to cultivate radical self-love and body empowerment. TBINAA quickly became a movement and leading framework for the budding body positivity movement.
With a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.A. in Organizational Management, Sonya uses her work to disrupt systems of inequity from an intersectional, radical self-love and global justice framework. She continues to be engaged in issues of racial justice, police brutality, mental health, reproductive rights and justice and much more.
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|Buy as a pair!||Available now is the second edition of this pioneering bestseller that has become a rallying cry for a movement of radical self-love. The new edition shows readers how to grow the movement from self to systems and includes empowering new stories.||On the heels of the breakaway success of The Body Is Not an Apology comes an action guide to help readers practice the art of radical self-love both for themselves and to transform our society.|
—Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, Dare to Lead
“Poet and activist Taylor (A Little Truth on Your Shirt) packs important ideas into this concise volume on body empowerment. “Radical self-love is not a destination you are trying to get to; it is who you already are,” she counsels…The author’s sensible and empathetic tone will lend comfort to readers and help them to see that no matter what their body type, they are beautiful.”
“The Body Is Not an Apology wrestles you free from the habit of your shame and declares you whole, right now, just as you are. To follow its revelations and teachings leaves you different on the other side and undoubtedly more yourself.”
—Prentis Hemphill, founder and Director, The Black Embodiment Initiative
“From the moment I met Sonya Renee, I knew my life, my world, and the way I view myself and others around me would never be the same. The Body Is Not an Apology is essential reading for those of us who crave understanding and those who are already on the path to learning how beautiful and complex our bodies are. It will empower you with the tools to navigate a world that is often unkind to those of us who whether by choice or design don’t adhere to society’s standard of beauty. Her words will echo in your heart, soul, and body just as they have in mine.”
—Tess Holliday, plus model, author, and founder of Eff Your Beauty Standards
“The Body Is Not an Apology is a gift, a blessing, a prayer, a reminder, a sacred text. In it, Taylor invites us to live in a world where different bodies are seen, affirmed, celebrated, and just. 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. This book cracked me open in ways that I’m so grateful for. I know it will do the same for you.”
—Alicia Garza, cocreator of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Strategy + Partnerships Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
“The Body Is Not an Apology is a radical, merciful, transformational book that will give you deep insights, inspiration, and concrete tools for launching the revolution right inside your own beloved body. Written from deep experience, with a force of catalytic energy and so much love.”
—Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues and In the Body of the World
“In 2017, #thefirsttimeisawmyself was a trending hashtag and Netflix campaign. As a disabled woman, #thefirsttimeireadmyself may well have been this book. Thank you, Sonya. Bought two copies, one for me and one for my daughter.”
—Rebecca Cokely, Senior Fellow for Disability Policy, Center for American Progress, disability rights activist, and mom
“Sonya Renee Taylor is a treasure that this world simply does not deserve. The Body Is Not an Apology is the gift of radical love the world needs! We are all better off because of her presence, talent, compassion, and authentic work. Thank you, Sonya, for all that you do.”
—Jes Baker, aka The Militant Baker, author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
“In these times, when the search for answers to the mounting injustices in our world seems to confound us, Sonya Renee Taylor offers a simple but powerful place to begin: recovering our relationship with our own bodies. To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. Through lucid and courageous self-revelation, Taylor shows us how to realize the revolutionary potential of self-love. ‘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 --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08979YRFD
- Publisher : Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 2nd edition (February 9, 2021)
- Publication date : February 9, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1579 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 183 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,330 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m so glad I have now. This book is one I will, as my friend did with me, recommend to everyone. It is worth your time, and your work.
This isn’t a body positivity book, but it does have aspects of that. This is a present day and historical account of straight up body terrorism and how we are all both steeped in it and accountable for it. Taylor walks us through a journey to self-awareness using the body. We all have one, and it makes the messaging digestible for all.
The endgame: radical self-love in the face of white supremacy, capitalism, and our own implicit bias.
Taylor has three societal strikes against her: she’s Black, a woman, and overweight. But instead of allowing society — and herself — to feel ashamed and hide away from the world, she discovered her natural intelligence, the sense of self and worth we’re all born with, to emerge in what she calls “radical self-love.” It’s an absolute acceptance of our value, what Taylor sees as “the transformative foundation of how we make peace with our bodies … the bodies of others, and ultimately change the world.”
Although the concept is straightforward, adopting it is not easy, as a lifetime of social programming must be conquered. To aid in the quest, Taylor has formulated the Three Peaces and the Four Pillars of Practice. She’s scattered “radical reflections” and “unapologetic inquiries” throughout the book. She encourages readers to discard “ableism,” the discounting of disabled people, as well as “queerphobia” and “transphobia,” on the road not just to radical self-love, but extending that understanding to fellow humans. No one is excluded from radical self-love — not by gender expression, race, creed, sexual preference, physical ability, or any other stumbling block placed in a person’s way by a judgmental society.
Taylor leads in a spectacular manner: she's posed naked on the cover of the book, lying on a bed of leaves and flowers that form wings and a crown, her intimate parts covered by purplish-blue blossoms and artful placement of the book title. She not only helps readers along the path, but guides them to it, traveling with them along the path of no apologies.