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A Difference-Celebrating Movement

On February 9, 2011, Sonya Renee Taylor posted a profile picture, dressed in a “saucy black corset,” on Facebook. She says this “terribly frightening act was birthed from the outlandishly simple idea that no human being should be ashamed of being in a human body.”

Less than 24 hours later, an international movement was born, recognizing that all lasting, healthy growth is born of love. As Taylor says, “Your body needs you to love it today, just as it is, however it is, unapologetically.”
The Body Is Not An Apology cultivates radical self-love and body empowerment. The underlying tenet is that discrimination, social inequity and injustice are manifestations of our own inability to make peace with the body — our own and others.

The organization is built on the belief that unapologetic self-love translates to radical human love and action “in service toward a more just, equitable and compassionate world.”

As outlined at TheBodyIsNotAnApology.com, the organization’s vision is: “We believe in the possibility of sustainable social change, community, and personal health and wellness. We know such change must be built on a foundation of deep radical self-love.”

The Body Is Not An Apology describes itself as “an intersectional, global, difference-celebrating movement” recognizing that age, race, size, gender, dis/ability, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, class and every other human attribute underscore our quest for unapologetic radical self-love.

Imagine if we could each heal our shame, love our bodies, value ourselves and claim the power that is rightly ours. How much more powerful would we be by granting permission to others to do the same?

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