#369. How To End The War With Your Body | Sonya Renee Taylor
It is incredibly common for many of us humans, whatever our gender, to be at war with our bodies -- trying to live up to the people we see in the movies, on social media, or even the versions of ourselves in old pictures. This never-enough-ness can lead to an ambient level of self-loathing that can be incredibly destructive. That's where "radical self-love" comes in.
Our guest today is Sonya Renee Taylor. She is the author of three books, including The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love. She is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology. She has come to this work as a result of her own personal pain, as a Black woman inhabiting a body that she says does not conform to societal norms.
In this conversation, we talk about defining radical self-love (and why she believes it's our natural state), tools for cultivating radical self-love, and the connection between being OK with yourself and the larger society. (Also, just a heads up: There is one brief reference to sex.)
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Where to find Sonya Renee Taylor online:
- The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love
- Your Body Is Not An Apology Workbook
- Celebrate Your Body (And Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls
Other Resources Mentioned:
- Sebene Selassie
- You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience edited by Tarana Burke and Brené Brown
- Dr. Marc Lamont Hill
- Evelyn Tribole and Intuitive Eating
- The Body Is Not An Apology website
- The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies