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My Body, My Words
Amye Archer and Loren Kleinman, both editors, put together a collection of body-centric essays that are so much greater than the sum of their (delightful) parts.
The book My Body, My Words is an engrossing read filled with stories of dressing-room breakdowns, yo-yo diets, gender transformation, judgmental grandmas, and falling in love.
The war on body image is fought behind closed doors, in dressing rooms, closets, bathrooms, and in the darkest corners of our minds and our society.
It is a war that has claimed many lives and will continue to do so as it rages - a war rooted in self-hatred and self-loathing - born out of the media and society's idea of what it means to be truly beautiful or attractive.
We have grown to view pageant queens, swimsuit models, celebrities and women with "thigh gaps" as beautiful.
Culture allows and even expects us to participate in a lifestyle where we are rewarded for how we look rather than what we do or how strong and kind our hearts and minds are.
Thankfully, the body positivity movement has begun, and this book is one more gem in our library of body positive reads.
Something else that makes us love this book is that 50 percent of all proceeds from its sale goes to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. You can see some other reviews of this affirming book below.
As you peruse, we hope you get the urge to get a copy for yourself (!) and enter into a world of beautiful women with diverse yet similar experiences from various corners of the world.
Morowa Yejidé, author of Time of the Locust: A Novel: "In My Body, My Words, we take an unforgettable walk with writers through an array of physical temples, from abuse to discovery to triumph. We see our own spirit in these stories of glory and pain and uncover ultimate truths that illuminate our outer and inner selves."
E. Ce. Miller, Bustle Magazine: "A gorgeous and powerful anthology exploring all things body image, My Body, My Words will take you on a journey through experiences of fear, hate, love, and evolution that writers of all ages, body types and backgrounds experience with their bodies, while calling for a self-love and a body positivity revolution."
Elizabeth Enteman, Hello Giggles: "My Body, My Words: A Collection of Bodies is not just another essay anthology. It brings together a diverse selection of voices for important conversations around body image and identity. Some are quick but powerful reads that pack a punch; others are longer meditations that chip away at the walls we put up around such delicate topics. All will resonate with you and stay with you for a long time to come."
Enjoy the month of May!
Submitted by: Kelechi
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new."
"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."