Sonya Renee Taylor is pure magic, a force for good in this world, and an incredibly powerful speaker, poet, activist, educator, and founder of The Body Is Not An Apology, which you can read more about the name and history of here. The spoken word piece is available in a number of videos available on YouTube. (I’ve linked to the one shared by Button Poetry because I love Button Poetry.)
I saw Sonya in Portland at the Q Center earlier in 2018, and I was honored to be in her presence as she discussed and read excerpts from her book, “The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love.” You can learn a lot more about her, find links to her other work, and check out the gorgeous TBINAA book cover here.
She’s also author of a book that I’ve recommended to a number of friends with relevantly-aged kiddos, “Celebrate Your Body (and Its Changes, Too!): The Ultimate Puberty Book for Girls.” It’s a book I wish I’d had 30 years ago.
The Body Is Not An Apology is also a website, full of content written by diverse authors covering a wide range of subjects, including fat positivity.
Here are a few favorites from the site:
- 9 Common Mistakes Parents Make About Their Kid’s Weight by Judith Matz
- “But They Were Nice…So Why Did I Hate Dance Class?” On Being Fat & Feeling Safe by Gillian Brown
- Weighting To Be Seen: Being Fat, Black, and Invisible in Body Positivity by Sonya Renee Taylor
- 10 Ways to Be Fat (In a World That Wants to Destroy You) by Caleb Luna
There are a ton of other articles on fatness, body politics, fatness at various intersections, etc., so be sure to spend some time exploring the site.