Acknowledging privilege is a hard but necessary task of radical self love. We cannot undo in the world what we have not undone in ourselves so the first conversation about my privilege I need to have is with myself. Keeping my privilege invisible (even/especially if it’s only to myself) doesn’t help anyone. In fact, it hurts a lot of people. Adam reminds us that privilege is “the option of silence.”
There is tremendous pressure on parents to raise children who are “obedient” and “polite”. This pressure often results in giving kids mixed messages about their bodies.Teaching radical self love is teaching children to honor and own their bodies unapologetically.
“Sexuality doesn’t have to end after a disability. There are numerous ways to experience sexual pleasure and to express your sexuality.” Guest Writer, Sharina Jones, sets us free from myths about disability and sex, reminding us that every body has a right to unapologetic pleasure.
Many people have asked the question, how can you transition if you’re not male or female? What are you transitioning to?The answer is different for every non-binary person. What we do know is we are all valid in our bodies and genders. The way we see ourselves and dress ourselves and take care of ourselves should be what makes us happy. It can be a struggle, for both cis and trans people, to love ourselves and our bodies.
Our society tells us fatness is not beautiful. Blackness is historically, not beautiful. So even while battling weight stigma and reclaiming size diversity as beautiful, the presence of Blackness complicates the narrative.
While Illness can make us feel like we are at war with our own bodies, bodies at war can know no peace. Slam Poet and Activist, Andrea Gibson shares how their experience with illness took them from adversary to ally with their body.
For many of us, body shame and hatred has been such a constant part of our lives that we cannot recall living without it. For some of us, that shame has been passed down from generation to generation, like a family heirloom. Unapologetic Posse Member, Natalie Tucker shares the inspirational story of how she got free from body shame and reminds us all that it is possible to BREAK THE CYCLE and step into radical self love!
“I used to visualize my brain as this cold, enemy planet that the rest of my body orbited and, sometimes, crashed into. I imagined my brain as separate from myself, in a dark corner of my skull, plotting. Devising its next wicked plan to dismantle my life.” Poet and Author, Rachel Mckibbens shares her powerful journey to radically loving all of her, including Bipolar disorder.
Disability metaphors abound in our culture, and they exist almost entirely as pejoratives. You see something wrong? Compare it to a disabled body or mind. Underlying this ignorance, of course, is an outsider’s view of disability as a Bad Thing. But those of us who inhabit disabled bodies have learned something essential: disability is what bodies do. They all change. They are all vulnerable. They all become disabled at some point. That is neither a Good Thing nor a Bad Thing. It is just an essential fact of human life.
I’m a white, queer, disabled, Jewish abuse survivor and the mom of a transgender kid. As a kid, I got my start in political activism by protesting the war in Viet Nam. My major influence in life came from my grandfather, who was a member of the Socialist Workers Party, and who taught me about […]