DeniseJollySpoken

I miss you. 

From dorothy allison’s essay “femme” in the book “skin” talking about sex, class and literature #femme #dorothyallison #workingclass #butch #myaffinitiesarevast #yesplease

From dorothy allison’s essay “femme” in the book “skin” talking about sex, class and literature #femme #dorothyallison #workingclass #butch #myaffinitiesarevast #yesplease

thebodyisnotanapology:

Melissa May’s essay is submitted as part of The Body is Not An Apology’s #WhenWeSayYES Campaign. Raising money to build the world’s most powerful radical self love website. Give Here:www.igg.me/at/whenwesayyes

[The above image is of a book cover. The black cursive font reads “Sparkle…

Fellow sassy fat girl Melissa May speaking truth to power. Gooood I LOVE her.

thebodyisnotanapology:

Rachel McKibbens essay is submitted as part of The Body is Not An Apology’s #WhenWeSayYES Campaign. Raising money to build the world’s most powerful radical self love website. Give Here: www.igg.me/at/whenwesayyes

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[Image: This is a photo of author Rachel McKibbens. She is a Latina…

She is brilliant 

Post #iamfemme photo shoot thanks for the pic @audioblakk #femme #fat #fiveinchheels #wedges #sassyfatgirl #denisejolly

Post #iamfemme photo shoot thanks for the pic @audioblakk #femme #fat #fiveinchheels #wedges #sassyfatgirl #denisejolly

From “Daughter” by Brynn Saito in “Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls” #courage #poems #anthology #writebloody #brynnsaito

From “Daughter” by Brynn Saito in “Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls” #courage #poems #anthology #writebloody #brynnsaito

jerrebfine:

Happy Birthday to my good friend, Denise Jolly! Check out that dude checking her out..

Thanks for the sweetness Jerre B. Fine. Apparently showing a little leg was on the agenda for my birthday!!! 

jerrebfine:

Happy Birthday to my good friend, Denise Jolly! Check out that dude checking her out..

Thanks for the sweetness Jerre B. Fine. Apparently showing a little leg was on the agenda for my birthday!!! 

Spent part of my day with Bamuthi talking about the intersections of art, identity and parenthood. #blessed #WhenWeSayYES #tbinaa #bamuthi #radicalparenting #socialcharge #artbuildsfamily #collaborativefamily

Spent part of my day with Bamuthi talking about the intersections of art, identity and parenthood. #blessed #WhenWeSayYES #tbinaa #bamuthi #radicalparenting #socialcharge #artbuildsfamily #collaborativefamily

thebodyisnotanapology:

Help us build the world’s most important online resource for radical self-love. 

  • global hub where you can get unapologetic content from around the world that focuses on issues and ideas that matter to you. 
  • A place where people can connect, discuss, and build on the work of radical self-love. 
  • A resource that gives you online courses, coaching, and webinars from the convenience of your laptop, tablet, or smartphone

We also want to expand our staff so that we can reach even more people with the message of radical self-love for EVERY BODY! What we want FROM you is really what we want FOR you! 

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CAMPAIGN VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION

The video opens to a black screen. The words “What happens when we say…” appear on the screen. The words fade and the word, “yes” appears. The screen fades into a series of pictures showing several different people being unapologetic about their bodies.

Sonya:”What happens when we say ‘yes’ to radical self-love? Well, if you’re on Facebook, you get suspended.”

The screen cuts to showing several different images of people being unapologetic about their bodies. Each pictures remains on the screen for a few seconds, but then is replaced by a sign reading, “CENSORED.” The last image to be shown in The Body Is Not An Apology logo.

Sonya: “I’m Sonya Renee Taylor, founder of The Body Is Not An Apology. In 2011, I had a ‘say yes moment’ that changed my life. I did something thousands of people do every single day; I posted a selfie on Facebook. I know that doesn’t sound very radical, but the truth is, it didn’t matter how fabulous or beautiful I felt, the negative voices were telling me that I was not beautiful and that is I posted this picture, everyone in the world would know it too. I decided not to listen to that voice, and instead to say ‘yes’ to my true inner voice of self-love and I shared the photo.

An image on Sonya in a black corset is shown next to a list of Facebook comments and likes. This is the selfie she posted.

Sonya: “The next morning, 10, 25, 50 people had all shared photos where they felt empowered in their bodies. That’s how the movement was born. I decided I’d create a Facebook page and that I would name it after a poem I wrote, The Body Is Not An Apology.”

The image cuts to a recording of a slam poetry show Sonya performed at around the time The Body Is Not An Apology was founded.

Sonya: “Oh! I recently started a group on Facebook. Please go on tonight and like it. It is called The Body Is Not An Apology. *Audience applause* And this is the poem that spawned the Facebook page, that will spawn the movement — I’m claiming it. And I will leave you all with this, The Body Is Not An Apology.”

The image cuts to Sonya today, she says:

Sonya: “I had no idea that morning that this message of radical self-love; that it should be for everybody no matter our race, age, gender, sexual orientation, ability, size would resonate with the whole world, would move spirits and minds all over the planet. Today, we have over 33,000 followers in 32 countries and not a penny spent on advertising. Despite all of our challenges with Facebook, the movement continues to grow and we have accomplished so much. Now, we need your help. The Body Is Not An Apology wants to build the world’s most comprehensive online information, education, and community building platform focused exclusively on radical self-love as a tool for transformation and global change. This is not your regular website. We’re partnering with the amazing EverydayFeminism.com and they’ve agreed to build this website at a fraction of the market cost. This will allow us to pay our current staff and hire new folks to make the movement continue to grow. You can help The Body Is Not An Apology grow from being a grassroots social media movement, to a fully sustainable social enterprise with integrated curriculum, coaching, and community platforms. I want you to take a look at the perks on the side of the page and say ‘yes’ to the one that feels right to you. I promise, today is the perfect day to say ‘yes’ to radical self-love ‘cause the truth is, what happens when we say ‘yes’ is we change the world.

The video cuts to an image of a middle-aged woman. She says:

Woman 1: “When I said ‘yes’ to love and compassion, I let life be my teacher.”

The video cuts to an image of a young man. He says:

Young Man 1: “When I said ‘yes’ to take care of my body, I stopped smoking.”

The video cuts to an image of a young woman. She says:

Young Woman 1: “When I said ‘yes’ to my creativity, I felt complete.”

The video cuts to an image of a middle-aged man. He says:

Man 1: “When I said ‘yes’ to California, my entire life changed.”

The video cuts to an image of a young man. He says:

Young Man 2: “When I said ‘yes’ and believed I was smart, I finished my Masters program!

The video cuts to an image of a couple. They are holding each other. They say:

Couple: “When we said ‘yes’ to love, we were reunited.”

The video cuts to an image of a young woman. She says:

Woman 2: “When I said ‘yes’ to myself, to experience life.”

The video cuts to several images of different types of people one at a time. They all are saying the word, “yes!” An image of a middle-ages woman appears on the screen. She says:

Woman 3: “I just totally love that idea to stop apologizing for being a human being.”

The video cuts to an image of the #WhenWeSayYES campaign logo. Words on the screen appear. They say, “We change the world.” The words fade and new words appear. It says, “When you have said YES to this campaign, please let us know by using the hashtag #IsaidYES and #tbinaa on social media. 

finally-human:

Love your Body- Abbie Bevan

finally-human:

Love your Body- Abbie Bevan

thebodyisnotanapology:

[Image: against a black background flushed to the right of the image are the words SAY in rainbow colors. Below Say is the word YES in rainbow colors]

The Body is Not An Apology is in a season of tremendous growth, none of which could happen or be sustained without the amazing community…

policymic:

Denise Jolly’s powerful photos challenge what it means to be beautiful

Every day, for 30 days, Denise Jolly took a photograph of herself. Jolly, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 311 pounds, posed in places she loved, both public and private, often with little clothing and the words “Be Beautiful” written across the parts of herself that made her feel vulnerable.

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Thank you for the gorgeous write up about the Be Beautiful Project Policy Mic 

a writing prompt (for brassbreasts)

rachelmckibbens:

Write the obituary for your childhood.

buttonpoetry:

Franny Choi - “Pussy Monster”

…We know, we always include a quote. We honestly can’t for this piece. But just watch it. The audience doesn’t stop laughing for the last minute.