Pleasure Activism

No more self-denial. Politics should be a resounding, erotic yes, not another deadening no.

Author: Adrienne Maree Brown


ISBN: 9781849353267

Category: African American feminists

Page: 280

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No more self-denial. Politics should be a resounding, erotic "yes," not another deadening "no."

Girls Performance and Activism

“Pleasure is a measure of freedom,” writes activist adrienne marie brown (2019, p. 2). She continues, “Pleasure activism is the work we do to reclaim our whole, happy, and satisfiable selves from the impacts, delusions, and limitations ...

Author: Dana Edell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000429008

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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Girls, Performance, and Activism offers artists, activists, educators, and scholars a comprehensive analysis, celebration, and critique of the ways in which teenage girls create and perform activist theater. Girls, particularly Black and Latinx teenagers, are using the tools of performance to share their stories, devise new ones, and use the stage to advocate for social change. Interweaving interviews, poetic text, drama, and theory, this book provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of how and why this field erupted and the ways in which girls are using performance to transform themselves and enact change in their communities. As a white woman who has collaboratively created theater with hundreds of girls of color over the past 20 years, Dana Edell offers strategies for engaging with girls across difference through an intersectional lens in order to acknowledge the ways in which race, gender, age, class, ability, and sexuality influence girls’ experiences and relationships with adult collaborators as they work to create meaningful, impactful, and often personal activist performances. This is the go-to handbook for teachers, theater directors, and performance makers who want to create politically engaged work with teenage girls.

The Pleasure Is All Yours

In her book Pleasure Activism , the author and activist Adrienne Maree Brown talks about having pleasure as your motivation toward changing the world . I would agree , adding that when we choose actions based on knowing what we want ...

Author: Rachel Allyn

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834843714

Category: Philosophy

Page: 312

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Reconnect to your inner sense of pleasure and joy through embodiment practices, which put you in touch with the natural wisdom of your body and enhance your ability to connect with others. In this time of increased fatigue, loneliness, and anxiety, disconnection from our bodies and from each other is at the core of our personal pain and our collective suffering. Women in particular are rewarded for, and expected to participate in self-denial. By weaving together historical and cultural commentary, humorous and poignant anecdotes, and experiential tools backed by science, The Pleasure Is All Yours is a step-by-step guide to help you release barriers to receiving life’s pleasures and deeper connections with others. In this timely guide, holistic psychologist, relationship and sex therapist, and yoga teacher Dr. Rachel Allyn introduces bodyfulness, an embodiment method she developed to help you to awaken into your body's own capacity for healing and deeper connection. Allyn explains how bodyfulness can connect you to four essential and overlooked types of pleasure—sensual, playful, lively, and erotic— which overlap in many ways, and helps you identify what can inspire your own pleasure in each category. Through bodyful activities such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga, auditory release, and dynamic movements, this book helps you reunite with your inherent wisdom and soulful delight.

Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

By the late 1990s another subset—pleasure activists, including members of SexPanic!, a New York direct action group that fought for the political defense of pleasure in New York City from 1995 to 1999—actively defended the right of ...

Author: Gary L. Anderson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265658

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1832

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The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice presents a comprehensive overview of the field with topics of varying dimensions, breadth, and length. This three-volume Encyclopedia is designed for readers to understand the topics, concepts, and ideas that motivate and shape the fields of activism, civil engagement, and social justice and includes biographies of the major thinkers and leaders who have influenced and continue to influence the study of activism.

Right to Rock

In detailing the black rock scene , I am especially concerned with marking the centrality of pleasure in the BRC enterprise . Often , in the rush to recognize the politics of cultural activism , the participants ' dogged persistence in ...

Author: Maureen Mahon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822333173

Category: Music

Page: 317

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DIVAn account of the Black Rock Coalition, which began in New York in 1985, and its relation to the results of civil rights era integration, and to the larger questions of racialization in the music industry, and American society./div


From at least the time of the hippies' adoption of drugs and sex as essential moments of rebellion (and almost certainly before that) through to the pleasures of the post-rave generations, activism!s have constantly been tied up with ...

Author: Tim Jordan

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861895062

Category: History

Page: 168

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Many schools of thought assert that Western culture has never been more politically apathetic. Tim Jordan's Activism! refutes this claim. In his powerful polemic, Jordan shows how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political landscape. Because we inhabit such a quickly changing, high-tech and fragmented culture, the single-issue political movements and stable, conservative authorities of the past are continually being questioned. Traditional political battles have been replaced by the popular, collective practices of a new political activism. From Europe to the USA, from Australia to South America, from the Left to the Right, Jordan introduces us to the citizens who make up d-i-y culture: eco-activists, animal liberators, neo-fascists, ravers, anti-abortionists, squatters, hunt saboteurs and hacktivists. In his view, activism comprises a new ethics of living for the 21st century.

The Feminist and the Sex Offender

Brown's commitment to pleasure activism stemmed from her own experience with sexual assault in high school, and her recognition that she was likely not “the only human who started their sexual life on the defensive.” For brown, pleasure ...

Author: Judith Levine

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 178873341X

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice. With analytical clarity and narrative force, The Feminist and the Sex Offender contends with two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying response to it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal justice system that redoubles injuries, fails survivors, and retrenches the conditions that made such abuse possible? Drawing on interviews, extensive research, reportage, and history, The Feminist and the Sex Offender develops an intersectional feminist approach to ending sexual violence. It maps with considerable detail the unjust sex offender regime while highlighting the alternatives we urgently need.

Commodity Activism

36 Laura Weide, the former marketing manager at Babeland, expressed a similar idea: “Because [Babeland] is a commercial locale, I think it gives us a kind of legitimacy that if we were some small women's sexuality and pleasure activist ...

Author: Roopali Mukherjee

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814764002

Category: Law

Page: 303

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Buying (RED) products—from Gap T-shirts to Apple—to fight AIDS. Drinking a “Caring Cup” of coffee at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf to support fair trade. Driving a Toyota Prius to fight global warming. All these commonplace activities point to a central feature of contemporary culture: the most common way we participate in social activism is by buying something. Roopali Mukherjee and Sarah Banet-Weiser have gathered an exemplary group of scholars to explore this new landscape through a series of case studies of “commodity activism.” Drawing from television, film, consumer activist campaigns, and cultures of celebrity and corporate patronage, the essays take up examples such as the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign, sex positive retail activism, ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover, and Angelina Jolie as multinational celebrity missionary. Exploring the complexities embedded in contemporary political activism, Commodity Activism reveals the workings of power and resistance as well as citizenship and subjectivity in the neoliberal era. Refusing to simply position politics in opposition to consumerism, this collection teases out the relationships between material cultures and political subjectivities, arguing that activism may itself be transforming into a branded commodity.

Anti Racism Words of Change series

ADRIENNE MAREE BROWN (she/her) is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer, and doula. Author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good and Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, ...

Author: Kenrya Rankin

Publisher: Sasquatch Books

ISBN: 1632173875

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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This colorful gift book introduces readers to the anti-racist movement through the stirring words of leaders, including the new generation of heroes building social justice and racial equity in the 21st century. A great way for teens, young people, and those new to anti-racism to learn the core ideas and principles of the movement, this vibrant collection of quotes centers today's BIPOC voices from current activists such as Alicia Garza, Ibram X. Kendi, Serena Williams, Darnell Moore, and Jason Reynolds to heroes of the past like Bayard Rustin and Ida B. Wells. Their words will make you think and inspire you to take action! Kenrya Rankin's moving introduction calls for an end to systemic racism, while her selection of quotes celebrates resistance and honors the work of anti-racist leaders past and present. This uplifting and thought-provoking collection provides an excellent introduction to the anti-racist movement. It's a useful resource for students of civil rights, educators, and librarians, and makes a perfect gift for activists and allies inspired by Black Lives Matter. Voices include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ibram X. Kendi, Amandla Stenberg, Elaine Welteroth, Franchesca Ramsey, Rosa Clemente, Robin DiAngelo, Darnell Moore, W.Kamau Bell, Lizzo, Opal Tometi, Audre Lorde, Malcolm X, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Frederick Douglass, Megan Rapinoe, Laverne Cox, and many more! Partial proceeds to benefit The Movement for Black Lives Fund.

Hearing Voices 2020

Pleasure activism: the politics of feeling good. Chico, CA: AK Press. Gumbs, A. P. (2018). M archive: after the end of the world. Durham and London: Duke University Press. Mignolo, W. D., & Walsh, C. E. (2018) On decoloniality: Concepts ...

Author: Susan James, Creative Curator, and Co-Editor

Publisher: Pacifica Graduate Institute

ISBN: 0578752891

Category: Psychology

Page: 104

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"Hearing Voices" features the work of students and faculty in our Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Eco-Psychologies (CLIE) M.A./Ph.D. specialization, as we participate in transformative practices, artistic creations, and theoretical innovations going on in the communities and environments we share. We meet on campus three days a month for nine months of the year from various places in the U.S. and abroad. During the summer students are involved in fieldwork and research in sites of their own choosing based on interest, commitment, and vocation. Our program brings together community, liberation, and depth psychologies with environmental justice initiatives and indigenous epistemologies and practices in order to be part of the critical work of establishing a 21st century curriculum and practice with a growing emphasis on decoloniality. As prospective students consider applying to CLIE, their most common and pressing question is "What are graduates doing?" A good way to get an overview of this is to read the student and alumni news section in each issue of Hearing Voices. We are especially grateful to the incredible artists who contributed their creative inspiration to this edition.

Gender Futurity Intersectional Autoethnography

Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2019), 3. 43 Lorde, 55. 44 brown, 441. 45 Lorde. Bibliography Alexander, Bryant Keith. “Performance Ethnography: The Reenacting and Inciting of Culture.

Author: Amber L. Johnson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 100006817X

Category: Psychology

Page: 266

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Gender Futurity, Intersectional Autoethnography showcases a collection of narrative and autoethnographic research that unpacks the complexity of gender at its intersections, i.e. by ability, race, sexuality, religion, beauty, geography, spatiality, community, performance, politics, socio-economic status, education, and many other markers of difference. The book focuses on gender as it is lived, chaperoned, and chaperones other social identity categories. It tells stories that reveal problematic gender binaries, promising gender futures, and everything in between—they ask us to rethink what we assume to be true, real, and normal about gender identity and expression. Each essay, written by both gender variant and cisgender scholars, explores cultural phenomena that create space for us to re-imagine, re-think, and create new ways of being. This book will be useful for undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional degree students, particularly in the fields of gender studies, qualitative methods, and communication theory.

Northern Irish Writing After the Troubles

Anecdotally, in spring 2020, I've seen a lot of people on social media reading adrienne marie brown's Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (2019), which engages with the complex politics of healing and happiness while doing ...

Author: Caroline Magennis

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350074748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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The period since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 has seen a sustained decrease in violence and, at the same time, Northern Ireland has undergone a literary renaissance, with a fresh generation of writers exploring innovative literary forms. This book explores contemporary Northern Irish fiction and how the 'post'-conflict period has led writers to a renewed engagement with intimacy and intimate life. Magennis draws on affect and feminist theory to examine depictions of intimacy, pleasure and the body in their writings and shows how intimate life in Northern Ireland is being reshaped and re-written. Featuring short reflective pieces from some of today's most compelling Northern Irish Writers, including Lucy Caldwell, Jan Carson, Bernie McGill and David Park, this book provides authoritative insights into how a contemporary engagement with intimacy provides us with new ways to understand Northern Irish identity, selfhood and community.

Progressive Community Organizing

Although no one is quite sure whether she actually said it or not, the 20th-century activist Emma Goldman is ... Adrienne Maree Brown (2019), author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, said, “Pleasure is the point.

Author: Loretta Pyles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000328031

Category: Psychology

Page: 334

View: 880

Now in its third edition, Progressive Community Organizing: Transformative Practice in a Globalizing World introduces readers to the rich practice of progressive community organizing for social change while also providing concrete tools geared toward practitioner skill building. Drawing from social movement scholarship and social theory, this book articulates a transformative approach to organizing that embraces emergent strategies and healing justice. It emphasizes framing processes and the power of stories using story-based strategy and digital activism. Embracing intersectional organizing, the book addresses topics such as identity politics, microagressions, internalized oppression, and horizontal hostility with attention to recentering and allyship as a growth-oriented journey of solidarity and liberation. Readers will engage with case studies focused on issues such as poverty, racial justice, immigration, housing, health and mental health, and climate crisis. This new edition includes: Expanded content on transformative change approaches including healing justice New content on the role of digital technology and social media in organizing Case studies of the Poor People’s Campaign and Extinction Rebellion Emphasis on the power of stories and story-based strategy for organizing and issue framing Transformative organizations with attention to feminist and decolonized organizational structures and cultures Expanded chapters on strategies and tactics focusing on power analysis and a range of tactics from direct action to resilience-based organizing The book will be of interest to students and practitioners who want to become more skilled in structural analysis, praxis, and self-reflexivity through critical and transformative engagement with historical and current social problems, social movements, and social welfare.

Avant Desire A Nicole Brossard Reader

THE CITY Always ahead of her time, Brossard's work remains, even when politically adroit, committed to pleasure, something we are seeing in younger writers such as adrienne maree brown, who writes about pleasure activism.7 From letters ...

Author: Nicole Brossard

Publisher: Coach House Books

ISBN: 1770566279

Category: Poetry


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The definitive survey of an essential feminist poet. In June 2019, Nicole Brossard was awarded the Lifetime Recognition Award from the Griffin Poetry Trust. Rarely has a prize been so richly deserved. For five decades she has writing ground-breaking poetry, fiction, and criticism in French that has always been steadfastly and unashamedly feminist and lesbian. Avant Desire moves through Brossard’s body of work with a playful attentiveness to its ongoing lines of inquiry. Like her work, this reader moves beyond conventional textual material to include ephemera, interviews, marginalia, lectures, and more. Just as Brossard foregrounds collaboration, this book includes new translations alongside canonical ones and intertextual and responsive work from a variety of artist translators at various stages of their careers. Through their selections, the editors trace Brossard’s fusion of lesbian feminist desire with innovation, experimentation, and activism, emphasizing the more overtly political nature of her early work and its transition into performative thinking. Devotees of Brossard will be invigorated by the range of previously unavailable materials included here, while new readings will find a thread of inquiry that is more than a mere introduction to her complex body of work. Avant Desire situates Brossard’s thinking across her oeuvre as that of a writer whose sights are always cast toward the horizon.


PLEASURE ACTIVISM Sex, and technologies enabling sexual experiences, can be forces for distancing us from ourselves, others, and the world, or for connecting us, as has been explored in popular movies over the years.

Author: Meg-John Barker

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1785786547

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 176

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They’re back! Writer Meg-John Barker and artist Jules Scheele once again team up in this cheeky and informative comic-book follow-up to Queer and Gender. Sex is everywhere. It’s in the stories we love – and the stories we fear. It defines who we are and our place in society ... at least we’re told it ought to. Sex and sexuality can seem like a house of horrors, full of monsters and potential pitfalls. We often live with fear, shame and frustration when it comes to our own sexuality, and with judgement when it comes to others’. Sex advice manuals, debates over sex work and stories of sexual “dysfunction” only add to our anxiety. With compassion, humour, erudition and a touch of the erotic, Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele shine a light through the darkness and unmask the monsters.

The Vagina Book

adrienne is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer, and doula living in Detroit. She is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, ...

Author: Thinx

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452182906

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 240

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The Vagina Book is an essential guide packed with invaluable information about sexual health that everybody should know, but might be too afraid to ask. With sections on anatomy, periods, hormones, sex, contraception, fertility, hair care, and so much more, this fun-to-read guide helps readers make healthy decisions for their bodies. Compelling personal essays from a diverse group of luminary figures—including Margaret Cho, Roxane Gay, and Blair Imani—are sprinkled throughout, enriching the pages with beauty, strength, and honesty. • From OB/GYN Dr. Jennifer Conti and the team behind the beloved Thinx period products • Dispenses with taboos and misinformation about vaginas and bodies • Provides the latest health research in easy-to-digest entries Advice includes yoga poses to help with PMS and cramping, a cheat sheet for making sense of contraception options, why you should care about your pelvic floor (plus easy strengthening exercises!), and the illustrated history of feminine hygiene products, from ancient Egypt through today. This groundbreaking guide is a perfect gift for every modern woman and a vital addition to every modern bookshelf. • A must-have handbook for anyone with a vagina • Presented in a luxe, cushioned case filled with more than a hundred vibrant illustrations • Perfect unique gift for anyone who is passionate about sexual health, feminism, and learning more about their body, as well as readers of Refinery29 and GOOP • Add it to the shelf with books like Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Emily Nagoski PhD;, WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti; and Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena Thomashaue.


“Recognize that pleasure is a measure of freedom,” writes adrienne maree brown in her book Pleasure Activism. “Part of the reason so few of us have a healthy relationship with pleasure is because a small minority of our species hoards ...

Author: Lorraine Monteagut

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1641604026

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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"Brujas, Witches of Color are ancestral magical beings and the world we live in has tried to silence our voices. . . . This book is such a beautiful tribute to the different stories and experiences we go through as brujas. . . . Amplify the voice of Witches of Color by reading their stories." —Juliet Diaz, author of Witchery and Plant Witchery There is a new kind of witch emerging in our cultural consciousness: the bruja. Witchcraft has made a comeback in popular culture, especially among feminists. A growing subculture of BIPOC witches, led by Afro-Caribbean immigrants, Indigenous Americans, and other witches of color, is reclaiming their ancestral traditions and contributing their voices to the feminist witchcraft of today. Brujas chronicles the magical lives of these practitioners as they develop their healing arts, express their progressive politics, and extend their personal rituals into community activism. They are destigmatizing the "witch" of their ancestries and bringing persecuted traditions to the open to challenge cultural appropriation and spiritual consumerism. Part memoir, part ritual guide, Brujas empowers readers to decolonize their spiritual practices and connect with their own ancestors. Brujas reminds us that witchcraft is more than a trend—it's a movement.

Holding Change

Her revelatory work , Holding Change , arrives at the intersection of activism and whole - wellness , at a time when the ... adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy , Pleasure Activism , We Will Not Cancel Us , and co ...

Author: adrienne maree brown

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849354197

Category: Self-Help

Page: 198

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Facilitation and mediation are important skills in our highly organized world. Holding Change is a guide for attending to both in ways that align with nature, with pleasure, with our best imaginings of our future. It provides lessons for generating the ease necessary to move through life’s inevitable struggles and for practicing the art of holding others without losing ourselves. Black feminists have evolved this wisdom, but it can serve anyone working to create change, individually, interpersonally, and within our organizations. The majority of the book is sourced from brown’s twenty-plus years of facilitation and mediation work, with additional wisdom from a selection of living Black feminist facilitators and mediators.

Ambiguities of Activism

Any romanticisation of activism in turn uncritically accepts and repeats this essentially economistic theory of the ... But Jordan's division between activism and pleasure politics wrongly suggests that activism is never about pleasure.

Author: Ingrid M. Hoofd

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136257543

Category: Social Science

Page: 138

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This volume provides a critical and in-depth investigation of the relationship between alter-globalist thinking and practices and their popular discourses. It examines the ways in which several alter-globalist activist groups (like Indymedia, no-borders campaigns, and forms of climate change activism), as well as left-wing intellectuals and academics (like Michael Hardt, Al Gore, Antonio Negri, Hakim Bey, and Geert Lovink), mobilize problematic discourses, tools, and divisions in an attempt to overcome gendered, raced, and classed oppressions worldwide. The book draws out how these mobilizations and theorizations, despite (or possibly because of) their liberatory claims, are actually implicated in the intensification of global hierarchies by repeatedly invoking narratives of transcendence, connection, progress, and in particular of speed. Hoofd argues that the humanist ideals that underlie all these practices paradoxically trigger increasing disenfranchisements worldwide.