The second edition of Sonya Renee Taylor’s well known work The Body Is Not an Apology released today. For those who are unfamiliar with Taylor’s work she is an award-winning poet, activist, and transformational leader who has been featured on HBO, MSNBC, NPR, and BET, which is just a small list of places you might have seen her. Her work examines the systems of oppression and how they are able to thrive off our inability to make peace with different and they injure our relationship with our own bodies.
The focus of The Body Is Not an Apology is that radical self-love is the balm to heal wounds that are created by violent systems. Taylor wants her readers to reconnect with the radical origins of our minds and bodies in order to celebrate a collective enduring strength. While working through our own body shame we can be inspired to grow and destroy the systems that are constantly working to oppress and shame. The second edition includes stories from Taylor’s travels throughout the world working to combat body terrorism and enlighten others on the journey to self-love. There is also a new chapter that focuses on providing specific tools, actions, and resources for confronting racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia. She also shows through a case study that self-love can dismantle internal feelings of shame, but can also topple entire systems that perpetuate injustice.
The Body Is Not an Apology is a great resource and will help you to examine your own opinions toward your body. It will push you to do the work of examining yourself and figuring out what has been pushing you to feel certain things that put you down. The workbook that goes along with this text will help you to more actively participate in the work of embracing self-love. Through this you will also find ways to sharpen your skills and become better prepared to help others and to bring down elements of society that work to oppress. You can find out more about Sonya Renee Taylor and The Body Is Not an Apology on her website.