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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.” (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.

©2018, 2021 Sonya Renee Taylor (P)2021 Sonya Renee Taylor

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im barely into the first chapter and I've already cried in public 3 times. powerful and valuable
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Very Powerful Narrative!

Loved it and already recommend it to a dozen of friends.

What set this book apart from other similar titles is that the author has a magic touch in bringing together lived experiences (of herself and other BIPOC individuals) and DEI theories to draw the big picture. She brings 'stories' to nameless/faceless theories and let the raeders connect to the 'what' and 'why' on a more personal level.

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  • Sarah van Daalen Wetters
  • 2021-02-16

YES YES YES

This book has changed me in such profound ways I barely have the words. I have already pre-ordered the workbook and am excitedly awaiting arrival. For anyone who has dealt with the scourge of body terrorism, body shame, and has lost their sense of radical self love, read this book. I cried in revelation throughout every chapter. Wonderful wonderful wonderful.

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  • Beverly Collins Parnell
  • 2021-03-08

Revolutionary

As the mom of a child who is not neuro-typical this book hit me so hard for all of the ways we've apologized and contorted and carried shame. #FREEDOM

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  • Shannon
  • 2021-02-22

Loved this!

A must-read for all. Highly recommend. Eager to check out the workbook that accompanies this.

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  • 2021-04-12

Mothers and Fathers and everyBODY should read!

Amazing and revolutionary and right to the heart. I recommend this book for parents and teachers who guide children to feel natural in their bodies and keep the radical self love that Sonya says we had when we were babies. There’s still a lot for me to process from this book. I want to be a part of a community of people who work with these concepts. I want to be a part of a community who will help more people be respected and recognize for our different beautiful qualities in all shades, abilities, sizes and sexual choices and identity. Read it! The more the better. Thank you Sonya❣️

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  • Charles Benfer
  • 2021-04-05

Necessary

I can't emphasize this enough. Every person with a body needs to read this book.

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  • KKelly2
  • 2021-04-05

Important And Yet Sadly Hurtful.

Ms. Taylor at times speaks such beautiful hope and the truth of our individual beauty . Unfortunately at other times this book doesn’t seem to recognize it’s own thumping down of anyone who doesn’t agree with the political opinions of the author.
If this book were truly about love of self and others, would we not strive to radically love OTHERS ?! Even those with whom we would not choose to grow friendship? The “all welcome “ flag flies here, with the small print asterisk *unless you dare to be other than...

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  • Tracy Forbes
  • 2021-04-02

An important, must read, for all. like, now.

A must read. The most important read I've had since Untamed. Needed. I'm still taking it all in as I write this. I couldn't recommend it more. Thank you, Sonia.

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  • M.C.
  • 2021-04-01

nothing short of life-changing

Current-day prophet Sonya Renee Taylor will take you into the heart of oppression and healing on personal, political and global scales. Worth the read no matter where you are on your life's journey.

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  • cecilia
  • 2021-04-01

a MUST read!!

EVERYONE needs to read or listen to this book!! It's very eye opening and heart changing.

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  • Lauren Gideon
  • 2021-03-29

A beautiful book

I truly could not recommend this book enough. Its message of radical self love is a profound one. Sonya's writing style and performance is caring and casual.