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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mr. Petty
  • 2021-06-08

must read

absolutely mind-blowing, I had no idea how deeply this book would affect how I look at the world.

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  • Brandy Gill
  • 2021-04-20

Fresh, compassionate truth

I love this book. I’m so blown away by the author’s ability to inform, question, reflect, challenge, change, and adjust harmful “normal” narratives that are injected into every aspect of life. As soon as I finished, I wanted to start the audiobook over from the beginning because the wisdom and compassion imparted throughout each chapter gave me so much hope and outlook. Highly recommend.

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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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  • Yolanda
  • 2021-07-27

Perspective changing

I was fascinated by the stunning cover of this book on the shelf in Barnes and Noble, and I wanted to know more of the audacious confidence. I ordered it on Audible. The author challenged what our culture says about bodies, and she doesn't stop with the superficial. The deeply embedded defaults of body size, race, physical abilities, gender and sex are all disrupted by this concept of self-love. I think its a great book to read and recommend for anyone, especially anyone who is aware of body shame - and after this book, may view themselves in a more loving and compassionate context. This compassionate view to applies to oneself and others.

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  • Gina Maret
  • 2021-07-23

Courage and Love

Thank you for the beautiful words you use to describe how each of us has the power to influence and align our own paths to be exactly who we are meant to be. It’s always so powerful when we have values and beliefs and find a book that lifts us into a better understanding of those beliefs.

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  • Mary B.
  • 2021-07-16

The best book

Everything I need/we need in this time is magically and lovingly communicated through this book! I had a strange dream about 10 years ago when I was trying to figure out how to liberate myself and embody my calling, and the hopeful words that kept echoing through it were, “Sonya is coming.” I knew whoever/whatever this Sonya was would be just what I needed. Wow, thank you Sonya. Now I know what my dream meant. I love you!