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How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.
Building on the success of her popular Emergent Strategy, brown launches a new series of the same name with this volume, bringing readers books that explore experimental, expansive, and innovative ways to meet the challenges that face our world today. Books that find the opportunity in every crisis!
adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategy and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood, is a social justice facilitator focused on black liberation, a doula/healer, and a pleasure activist. She lives in Detroit.
“[brown] demonstrates how we can tap into our emotional and erotic desires to organize against oppression.” —Colorlines
“adrienne maree brown…continues to stake her claim as one of our most critical thinkers and strategists by intentionally combining the power of story-telling with practical applications to help readers conjure their own definition of pleasure and how it is inextricably linked to every part of our existence.” —Monica Simpson, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
“adrienne marie brown is back, again dropping wisdom about alternative ways to live at this deeply fucked-up moment … Let this book be the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever given yourself.” —Laura Winnick, Vice/Broadly
“adrienne maree brown dives deep, head first, into a fast swirling pool of pleasure-related topics. She swims her way from one end of the pool to the other with some help from her body-wise, experienced, friends. This book is all at once so cool, and so hot, with a rainbow of glorious compleXXXities. Pleasure Activism is bound to make a huge splash!” —Annie Sprinkle, author of Explorer’s Guide to Planet Orgasm—For Every Body
How much of your sex life is informed by gender norms that you may not even be conscious of? Eli Sachse’s zine is all about learning to explore your sexuality in a healthier way, with great boundaries and consent, whether by yourself, with strangers, or with trusted others. This zine is a thoughtful friend with […]
Dr. Faith takes on the fabulous topic of… masturbation! In her usual style of combining hilariousness with science, she breaks down the history of societal shame around self-pleasure, and offers practical and straightforward whys and hows of exploring your sexuality on your own time. From the benefits of learning all the ins and outs of […]
Author: Miriam Kaufman, M.D., Cory Silverberg, Fran Odette
Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability, The
For All of Us Who Live With Disabilities, Chronic Pain, and Illness
Girls are not chicks. Girls are thinkers, creators, fighters, healers, and superheroes.
Girls Are Not Chicks is a subversive and playful way to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of our lives. This book helps to deconstruct the homogeneity of gender expression in children’s media by showing diverse pictures that reinforce positive gender roles for girls.
This version of “the talk” emphasizes that sexuality is your birthright, and it develops over a lifetime.
In this beautiful and insightful children’s book, a loving Grandma tells you everything you need to know about sex. Filled with stunning mixed-media illustrations and amazing advice for all-ages, this is one book that is sure to help you get through The Talk!
The extremely popular Come As You Are — Emily Nagoski’s master class in the science of sex — now has a helpful workbook companion to help guide you into the best sex life ever!
Both books can be read and used independently of one another, but reading both together will offer you an insightful, dynamic crash course in your own personal pleasure.
The Transgender Heroes Coloring Book features illustrations and short biographies of 45 real life figures from Marsha P. Johnson to Elagabalus!
Learn about trailblazers in trans history while you color images drawn by some of today’s finest trans cartoonists. Published by Stacked Deck Press.
Dating used to be a thing that most people did for a while. Now it’s faded to take up a cramped and awkward space in between hooking up and instantly moving into together. If you woke up all alarmed and find yourself wanting all that old shit, letters and sodas, read this zine and get […]
How can we heal from trauma? How can we support the survivors in our lives? How can we build relationships in an ethical way? This book may not offer all the answers, but it opens up discussions and offers a good place to start.
Learning Good Consent is a collection of multiple works by multiple authors on the topic of support for survivors of trauma, collected and edited by Cindy Crabb.