Sonya Renee Taylor
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About Sonya Renee Taylor
Sonya Renee Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, world-renowned activist and thought leader on racial justice, body liberation and transformational change, international award winning artist, and founder of The Body Is Not an Apology (TBINAA), a global digital media and education company exploring the intersections of identity, healing, and social justice through the framework of radical self-love. In her book of the same name, The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, Sonya lays out her radical self-love vision, arguing that all people arrive on this planet in a state of self-love before internalizing messages of shame and injustice from systems of oppression. Healing, Sonya suggests, takes place through reconnecting with our inherent divine enoughness, transforming how we live in and relate to both our bodies and the bodies of others. Sonya writes, “Using the term ‘radical’ elevates the reality that our society requires a drastic political, economic, and social reformation in the ways in which we deal with bodies and body difference.”
Sonya is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestseller The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love (1st and 2nd editions), Your Body Is Not an Apology Workbook, Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!), poetry collection A Little Truth on Your Shirt, The Book of Radical Answers (That I Know You Already Know) (Dial Press 2023), and The Journal of Radical Permission co-authored with adrienne marie brown. She is also co-editor with the late Cat Pausé of The Routledge International Handbook of Fat Studies. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors over the past two decades, from her National Individual Poetry Slam Championship award in 2004 to her 2016 invitation by the Obama administration to participate in the White House Forum on LGBT and Disability Issues. More recently, she was awarded a Global Impact Visa where she served as an inaugural Edmund Hillary Fellow in Aotearoa (New Zealand) from 2017-2020.
Sonya’s passion for the arts and collective liberation began at an early age. She graduated from the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts as a musical theater major in 1995. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from HBCU Hampton University and a Master of Science in Administration in Organizational Management from Trinity College. This education informed Sonya’s non-profit, advocacy, and activism career, which included work as a sexuality health educator, therapeutic wilderness counselor; mental health case worker; Director of Peer Education at HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) in Washington, D.C.; and Capacity Building and Training Director at the Los Angeles-based Black AIDS Institute.
For over a decade, Sonya built an award-winning international performance poetry and poetry slam career. It was in this iteration of her journey that she stumbled into her greater purpose. At the Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Knoxville, Tennessee in the summer of 2010, Sonya found herself in a conversation with a friend that would change the trajectory of her life. During this conversation, Sonya first uttered the words, “Your body is not an apology.” She did not know this moment of radical vulnerability with a friend would become a poem, then Facebook page, then launch an international movement and shift the cultural lens around bodies and justice through the power of radical self-love. As of 2021, TBINAA’s content has reached tens of millions of people across the world, with visitors to the website from over 140 countries. The digital media platform boasts an Article Library with nearly 1,000 articles from writers across the globe, solidifying TBINAA as one of the pioneering digital media and educational platforms exploring bodies, understanding identities and connecting radical self-love with global issues of intersectional social justice.
Considering herself one of many midwives for the new world, Sonya’s work is engaged in and responsive to the historical moment we find ourselves in and the world we have the ability to bring into being. This is evidenced by her ongoing public video series “What’s Up, Y’all?”, which tackles topics including but not limited to white supremacist delusion, “cancel culture”, abolition and accountability, attacks on reproductive freedom, and the existential twin crises of COVID-19 and climate chaos. The 2020 uprisings against anti-Black terrorism also inspired her to co-found Buy Back Black Debt, a reparations inspired initiative of financial and spiritual right relationship that in October of 2020 facilitated the buyback of over half a million dollars of debt held by Black people.
Sonya is a resident of the globe while maintaining her engagement in issues of racial justice, mental health, reproductive rights and justice, spiritual healing and much more. She continues to share her insights globally as a highly sought-after international speaker, artist and educator on issues of radical self-love, social justice, and personal and global transformation.
Honors & Awards
Edmund Hillary Fellow, 2017-2020
Quixote Foundation “Thank You Note” awardee, 2017
White House Forum on LGBT and Disability Issues panelist, 2016
Champion of Women’s Health awardee, Planned Parenthood, 2016
Commissioned as Planned Parenthood’s Centennial celebration poet, 2016
Outstanding Partner Award, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, 2015
Yerba Buena Center For The Arts (YBCA) 100 Honoree, 2015
Planned Parenthood 99 Dream Keepers recipient, 2015
12 Women Who Paved the Way for Body Positivity designee, Bustle Magazine, 2015
Four Continents International Slam Champion, 2005
National Individual Poetry Slam Champion, 2004
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A body-positive guide to help girls ages 8 to 12 navigate the changes of puberty
Puberty can be a difficult time for a young girl―and it’s natural not to know who (or what) to ask. Celebrate Your Body is a reassuring entry into puberty books for girls that encourages girls to face puberty with excitement and empowerment. From period care to mysterious hair in new places, this age-appropriate sex education book has the answers you’re looking for―in a way you can relate to.
Covering everything from bras to braces, this body-positive top choice in books about puberty for girls offers friendly guidance and support when you need it most. In addition to tips on managing intense feelings, making friends, and more, you’ll get advice on what to eat and how to exercise so your body is healthy, happy, and ready for the changes ahead.
- Puberty explained―Discover what happens, when it happens, and why your body (and mind) is amazing in every way.
- Social skills―Learn how to stand up to peer pressure, stay safe on social media, and keep the right kind of friends.
- Self-care tips―Choose the right foods, exercises, and sleep schedule to keep your changing body at its best with advice you won’t find in other puberty books for girls.
This inclusive option in puberty books for girls is the ultimate guide to facing puberty with confidence.
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—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.
The Book of Radical Answers is a groundbreaking work of non-fiction by author and activist Sonya Renee Taylor that gives honest, empowering and age appropriate answers to real questions from young readers about health, sex, gender, race and justice. Steeped in joy and possibility, Taylor's writing assures kids that, as they mature, life will be fun, complicated, strange and wonderful, and most importantly, that they are amazing and have the ability to thrive with the inherent knowledge of their self-worth.
This journal (born from the Institute for Radical Permission) will help you claim permission to live your purpose. As you enjoy your journal, go to radicalpermission.org and hear straight from Sonya & adrienne about how they came to each of the journal's revelations. Be part of the journey they took to deepen their practice and watch videos from the many people who inspired them.
Based on the bestselling philosophies of radical self-love, emergent strategy, and pleasure activism, this journal gives you permission to love yourself deeply as you are. Journaling to these prompts will help you surrender to your body's needs instead of forcing yourself into cramped disciplines. It will encourage you to become awed by the natural beauty of your divine self instead of being rampantly self-critical. It will aid you in embracing your shadows and accepting responsibility for your impact all while liberating you to just be.
This structured journal provides six key practices, with prompts for each practice that center on curiosity, surrender, grace, and satisfaction. The daily prompts for self-inquiry can be used as part of your journey toward healing, or in tandem with the self-paced online learning course at radicalpermission.org.
Sie klärt nicht nur über den weiblichen Körper und seine Entwicklung auf, sondern gibt auch hilfreiche Tipps für
· einen gesunden Lebensstil
· den Umgang mit deinem Gefühlschaos
· starke Freundschaften
· die Beziehung zu deiner Familie
· die sichere Nutzung von sozialen Medien
Dabei lernst du, in dich hineinzuhorchen und findest heraus, was dir guttut und wie du deinen Körper so akzeptieren und lieben kannst, wie er ist. So wird dein Weg zur Frau zu einem aufregenden Abenteuer voller Mut und Selbstvertrauen!
Tras el éxito de El cuerpo no es una disculpa, best seller en la lista del New York Times, llega el cuaderno de ejercicios para ayudar a los lectores a practicar el arte del autoamor radical.
Sonya Renee Taylor descubrió que sus lectores querían ideas más definidas sobre cómo aplicar su propuesta de autoamor radical en sus circunstancias personales. Este cuaderno es la guía que brinda precisamente eso: claves, herramientas y marcos que pueden aplicarse de inmediato para comenzar a cambiar el mundo. Taylor guía a los lectores con ideas concretas y, como siempre, consejos prácticos más allá de la teoría para convertirse en agentes radicales del cambio. Un libro imprescindible para desatar el poder del autoamor radical.
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Readers of The Body Is Not an Apology have been clamoring for guidance on how to do the work of radical self-love. After crowdsourcing her community, Sonya Renee Taylor found her readers wanted more concrete ideas on how to apply this work in a larger social and structural context. Your Body Is Not an Apology is the action guide that gives them just that-tools and structured frameworks they can apply immediately to start changing the world. Taylor guides readers with concrete ideas and, as always, practical applications that move us beyond theory and into doing and being radical self-love change agents in the world. This workbook, along with the new edition of the book, will put people in action in their organizations, in politics, in their doctor's offices, and at their jobs.
Los humanos conformamos un grupo variado de convicciones, experiencias y moralidades. Los sistemas de opresión prosperan por nuestra incapacidad para reconciliarnos con la diferencia y dañan la relación que mantenemos con nuestros cuerpos.
El cuerpo no es una disculpa propone el concepto "autoamor radical" como bálsamo para sanar las heridas infligidas por estos sistemas violentos. Su autora critica la asimilación de la delgadez a lo deseable, defiende la necesidad de reapropiación de nuestros cuerpos como espacios políticos y lanza ideas para fomentar la sororidad y la diversidad. Una propuesta radical hacia el empoderamiento femenino y la gozosa reivindicación del cuerpo que nos invita a celebrar nuestra fuerza colectiva, a desprendernos de la vergüenza corporal impuesta y a destruir los sistemas de opresión que la perpetúan.