NEW [Pleasure Activism]

I designed a course called Subversive Joy Writing the Senses as Resistance and am teaching it for the first time this semester I have been following adrienne maree brown now for a few years and love her work so I was delighted to see this new book even though it wasn t ready for me to teach directly from this semester The synchronicity between my syllabus and the pleasure politics outlined in the book was amazing Uses of the Erotic and Joan Morgan s Black Scholar essay How We Get Off mirrored the foundation of my course And this book along with the many beautiful voices and stories it tells anchored me during a time when I encountered serious pushback in class from a student who was not used to celebrating Black women he was so uncomfortable talking about our joy that he dropped the class Anyway reading this collection helped me find the courage to re affirm my right to empower myself and to empower young women of color We are not mules of the world We deserve joy and beauty and pleasure that makes our hearts soar This book is a manifesto I hope to make it the centerpiece of my syllabus next Spring I had so many positive visceral and cognitive reactions while reading this collection of essays and conversations about pleasure During the first chapter I was wondering aloud have I found my bible I had never before had so many of my beliefs recognized and expanded upon all in one Wow wow wow This book shifted something in me Never has a book felt this essential since the first time I read This Bridge Called My Back Enjoyed the last uarter of the book and some essays along the way but felt mostly like a missed opportunity to o deeper into nonsexual pleasures and explore the dynamic nature of pleasure in all kinds of bodies Food in particular felt like a Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood glaring omission in a supposedly fat positive book Also ineneral lots of assumptions about the universality of sexual experiences and pleasures Missing an understanding of asexuality of disability and of sexual trauma that doesn t just Imagine That! get immediately healed into sexual liberation This was a super amazing book non sexual pleasure stuff would have been nice to see but my main issue is small but repeated food moralizing once the literal phrase eating clean what a devastating sentiment to bring to pleasure activism A really distracting bummer to find in 3 separate places in the book but outside of that really really invaluable conversations interviews and short essays around pleasure intentrowth dreaming joy and non capitalism based self care This was such interesting reframing around pleasure and how we experience and cultivate it It was much academic in tone than I was expecting It s a mix of essays Elena's Conquest guest essays and interviews some of which work better than others but I liked the variety of perspectives This would have been particularly valuable to have read at the start of my social work career and I d particularly recommend it to anyone who works in a helping professionThere is a lot of compassion andrace around trauma and how people with trauma can approach and reclaim pleasure in their lives Some of the stories shared along these lines could be potentially triggering so exercise care if this is a concernThe author is forthright about recreational drug use as one of the ways she experiences pleasure I wish she d spent at least some time acknowledging that drugs can become addictions especially since she mentioned having an addictive personality herself To each their own but I struggled with this part of the conversation

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a result fact I skipped most of section 4 about recreational drug use I was Sister of My Heart glad however for the inclusion of Malachi Garza s essay which addresses marijuana and incarceration and the ineuity of its legalization in terms of white people taking advantage of the market when POC have been punished for so many decades Pleasure Activism is a collection of essays interviews poetry and art composed andor collected by adrienne maree brown The structure and organization of the book is well thought out as it spaces each of these mediums apart so that the reader is not over saturated The book is very ueer and trans inclusive and most of the entries and interviews are with womenender non conforming andor trans people of color There is one somewhat academic essay but the rest of the entries involve people from a variety of backgrounds from art and performance to on the King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies ground street activism This makes the book very accessible to a wider audience Pleasure activists believe that by tapping into the potentialoodness in each of us we can Rescuing Gus generate justice and liberationrowing a healing abundance where we have been socialized to believe only scarcity exists adrienne maree brown IntroductionI should have know from the cover which depicts many species of animals having sex and the title that this book would be largely about sex However the blurb about this book led me to believe that the book would be a expansive discussion of making social justice the most pleasurable experience The book is not only about sex but the vast majority of it is focused on sexual pleasure and relationships There is a small section on drugs performance art fashion and parenting which still often center sex and sexualityI have spent a lot of time in ueer communities where sex was everywhere and the center of everything So I understand why a ueer writer would choose to focus so much on that But to be honest I wanted I wanted larger discussions though there are brief mentions about how social justice activism is often so punishing and how to form better sexual AND nonsexual relationships with each other I wanted sections on how to actually make activism pleasurable fun and creatuve since activism is in the title I wanted discussion on all of the different ways we can find pleasure and how to find them This was actually detailed wonderfully in the short outro at the end of the book I wish the rest of the book showed the same amount of diversity in topics Is simply having pleasure in your personal life activism Where are the discussions of pleasure for people who are isolated from social activities due to disability illness eographical location class lack of accessibility of sexual partners re pretty privilege etc How can we make life pleasurable for those who lack accessIt feels necessary to explain a little where I am coming from in order for my criticism to make sense I went from being a Very Active Polyamorous Ueer In active polyamorous ueer in BDSM andor activist communities that were very saturated with sex and play at all times to being a deliberately single and celibate person focusing on platonic friendships without sex I spent far time in the former category but I ve been doing the latter for years now I am chronically illdisabled and this plus. 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 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 including Audre.

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Pleasure ActivismLlions of small creature families Porous breathing boundaries that are clear that mark the space between partners in ways that make them both feel abundant amb Liberated Relationships ExpandedFor people who are interested in entering into or who are already part of what can be a wonderful world of multi partnered ueer filth I mean this in every reat sense of the word brown offers a Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story great deal of useful relationship sex and dating advice She also offers a lot of information on solo sexual pleasure I thoroughly enjoyed her discussion of why she likes being a second meaning a non primary partner to someone I have always felt this way and sought out that position freuently when I was dating and hooking up but had not seen many other people write about it in the way that brown hasThe Hot and Heavy Homework assignments were helpful and fun editions to the essays They are all creative and different from what I have often seen in relationship or self help books They are also assignments accessible to a wide range of needsThe collection of essays titled Skills for Sex in the metoo Era was my favorite in the book I adored and devoured each essay in the section If you are a person who skips around in anthologies like this be sure to check out that section Finally I must say that even though I have my critiues how much of the book centered on sexual pleasure and drugs this book did inspire me to open up a bit and ask myself uestions about my future in regards to relationships Perhaps that was part of why so much of it was so hard for me So please keep in mind after reading my review that my process is not the same as your process and both of our processes are ok I can see areat many people including my younger self How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead getting areat deal of what they need from this book So I do recommend iving it a read There is a lot of reat stuff in here from brown and other important voices I say women andor trans people to denote a roup of people including people who may be women other trans people or both women and trans Trans women are women We still lack a reat phrase for the inclusion of marginalized and oppressed Moonrise genders but I refuse to use women and femmes for reasons which I describe in this article and an author describes well here I am updating this review with this article which is even better than the other one I amoing to say marginalized Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi genders for the most part nowThis was also posted to my blog What are the main ideas liberation work must be driven by pleasure not by avoidance of pain or harm many of us doing justice work have forgotten the above we are activated by making things less bad for people including ourselves however if we don t actually know what pleasure feels like we could fight against bad things forever and never actually know a what liberation feels like and b if we re actuallyetting closer if it doesn t feel ood it s not sustainable period oppressive systems thrive by removing people s ability to pleasure themselves they create dependency on the system it is liberatory to remember that we can please ourselvesIf I implemented one idea from this book right now which one would it befreedom and liberation must be measured by how much pleasure we are able to feel and create not by how little bad we experience i need to develop a finely tuned pleasure barometersensorHow would I describe the book to a friendthis book is the upgrade to emergent strategy that we didn t even know we needed even if we just organized ourselves and did the hot and heavy homework we d all be free WAY faster than all the other social justice d all be free WAY faster than all the other social justice stuff we re doing Phenomenal anthology of radical and liberation focused essays Something I have always always appreciated about adrienne maree brown is that she is so invested in the decentralizationdespecialization of knowledge she knows what she knows and that s a whole lot but she never suggests that she is the most scholarly when it comes to Octavia E Butler speculative fiction Black liberation work or pleasure activism She is ALWAYS thanking her teachers and naming the political legacies in which she believes she continues and I appreciate that so much in a time where social justice work and knowledge IS COMMODIFIED IN A PARTICULAR KIND commodified in a particular kind way that pushes people to prioritize their egos status and standing over the actual work and visions of collective liberation I will admit that before starting this anthology I was worried that it would only be about sex and romantic love Although important topics I desired deep thinking s on pleasure being conceptualized in an expansive sense not just in a sex love and romance sense a realm in which we are often taught is the only place true pleasure can exist This anthology does approach pleasure in an expansive sense and with much exciting variation to think alongside There s pleasure and disability justice substance use the raising of sexually liberated children boundary setting and communication spiritual friendships somatics sex work and so much Beautiful book with beautiful thoughts by adrienne maree brown Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha Autumn Brown and Alexis Pauline Gumbs just to name a few folks Of course the anthology s first essay is a reprint of Audre Lorde s Uses of the Erotic Very rateful to have read this book when "I did Recommend each essay in the anthology Especially recommend reading when "did Recommend each essay in the anthology Especially recommend reading when feel hopeless Does not necessarily remedy it but it surely does enough oftentimes This book was written for Adrienne Maree Brown by Adrienne Maree Brown It was an excuse to interview people she likes and admires and and excuse to talk about how woke she isI m not saying that s a bad thing On the contrary sex positivity is something that is sorely lacked Sex isn t something a lot of people are comfortable talking about even with their romantic partners And there were some bits in this book I enjoyed the pole dancer who loves what they do the unpacking of polygamy and how it isn t a bad thing as long as you communicate check in with each other and work at it the importance of masterbation for a healthy relationship with yourself and your sexual partners But all in all the book was just boring That feels like a ridiculous thing to say about a book called Pleasure Activism but there it is I thought this book was boring I don t care about how much Adrienne Maree Brown loves herself because I don t know her and her journey and the journeys of the people she interviews weren t written with any real flare They just sort of ploppedPleasure Activism reminds me of a writing assignment your therapist Alien Alpha gives you It sreat to do for yourself sometimes ood to share with friends and et their perspectives hell you might even write their perspectives down But in truth no one actually cares so keep it to yoursel. Rom race and ender to sex and drugs creating new narratives about how politics can feel ood and how what feels ood always has a complex politics of its ownBuilding 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 crisi. Having a lot of harmful and traumatic relationship experiences led me to choose my current path I also have been sober for about 14 years due to addiction and it is near impossible to find any social and pleasure oriented spaces for ueers where the majority of people there are not intoxicated arguably beyond the ability to properly consent It really sucks when you make a connection with someone who doesn t remember you the next day It sucks when you et a dirty look asking about how much someone was drinkingusing drugs before agreeing to something sexual with them even though you are doing so to make sure you don t harm them Intoxication and hypersexuality is the norm in most ueer spaces even if it isn t in the normative world So a book that is basically only encouraging sex and etting high as forms of pleasure activism is a disappointment to meThis is covered in places such as in Micha C rdenas essay Beyond Trans Desire in which she states I have in recent years been able to build a deep self love and self respect that I did not learn from ueer communities or radical political communities where I often felt further devalued excluded and objectified I have found a refuge in people committed to healing service and sobriety and that ave me the tools to uestion my desire and my part in putting myself in situations that caused me to feel devalued So in brown s inclusion of others words for portions of the book she did cover bases Brown does indeed briefly discuss celibacy and other topics Brown does mention that drug use can turn into addiction But for the most part she centers her own experience in what pleasure is She tells the reader to masterbate have an orgasm before each chapter she tells the reader to smoke up etc This did not feel very inclusive of those of us who cannot do not struggle with or or do not want to do those things Weed is Beautiful Ghosts generally very safe in comparison to drugs like alcohol or heroin but it s still dangerous or some of us especially those of us with addiction histories or problems withrisks of developing psychosis What about those of us who want pleasure in a sober setting The sections on drugs make it seem like sober settings dominate and oppress which is not true The vast majority of ueer and other social situations are dominated by alcohol and other drugs which deprives those of us who don t want to be around that from social pleasureI do want to say though that it is likely that the focus on drugs and sex in liberatory ways come from a society andovernment that still punishes people for enjoying sex and which still criminalizes drugs in heinous and murderous ways These are both things that must be combated at all costs The harm reduction interview in the drug section was excellent and there is absolutely a place for all of brown s essays and advice on sex and sexuality I simply wanted accessibility and varietyI also have mixed feelings about the use of footnotes in this book This is nit picky I know But the level of distraction warrants comment There were times that the footnotes were excellent and I wished books would use them in the way she did For instance when doing an interview with someone and they would mention something from a book she would cite the author and book However at other times the footnotes were very distracting The book begins with an Audre Lorde essay that brown litters with critical footnotes even though many of the criticisms are discussed in the intro already such as the limits of dated language In contrast a later article pins women and femmes will this phrase die in please against men and masculine people
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all of ways apparently only feminine people suffer assault Alexandra, Gone gendered oppression exploitation and abuse in sex work etc but butch and androgynous women and transmasculine people are apparently both responsible for the same oppression that cishet men force upon sex workers while also not being victims themselves of said oppression I am the first person to want to discuss to rampant problems with toxic masculinity in ueer communities But denying the trauma work and lived experiences ofender non conforming women and trans people and placing them in the same oppressive role of cishet men who exploit sex workers is not how you do it Erasing butch and androgynous women from the category of women and acting as if transmasculine sex workers don t exist is not how you do it I ve known many trans men sex workers who not only exist but also are often present themselves as women for their clients out of necessity and demand and thus are treated with the similar oppression cis and trans women face There were no footnotes from brown on this article nor were there any on other articles that made some iffy statements This would be fine if the book was just a collection of essays with differing opinions But if you re A Year in 120 Recipes going to criticize Lorde for having someeneral terms and dated language on an you re F. Scott Fitzgerald going to criticize Lorde for having someeneral terms and dated language on an from 1978 I hope you re The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents going to treat the people who are alive and writing today the same wayNow that I have been honest about where I am coming from and why this book did not always work for me in the ways I had hoped I want to talk about the ways that it does work for me And I want to state again that this review is largely about my own taste and is not to say that others would noet exactly what they need from the book which is why I still ave it a high ratingAs I mentioned this book is very ueer and inclusive of many ueer identities and enders It centers Black and Brown women andor trans people in very accessible ways It offers some reat lessons regarding sexual and romantic relationships and harm reduction It contains excellent and engaging interviews with amazing people Brown s own contributions are always beautifully and kindly written and easy to readOne of my favorite parts about Pleasure Activism is brown s very wise lessons on boundaries moderation knowing that you are deserving and discovering balance I bookmarked pages over and over where brown discusses how to create hold convey and feel comfortable with and deserving of boundaries While they are often described in relation to sexual and romantic relationships the lessons are applicable to all areas of life Here are a few ems Your no makes way for your yes Boundaries create the contain within which your yes is authentic Being able to say no makes yes a choice amb Introduction Don t compromise your core values don t iggle at something you find ignorant or offensive But don t hang up because this human with a different life than you has reached different conclusions amb It s About Your Game Set enerative boundaries Create mutual abundance I envision Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience generative boundaries as organic fences made of stacked rocks or thick bushes that become home to mi. Lourde’s invitation to use the erotic as power and Toni Cade Bambara’s exhortation that we make the revolution irresistible the contributors to this volume take up the challenge to rethink theround rules of activism Writers including Cara Page of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice Sonya Renee Taylor founder of This Body Is Not an Apology and author Alexis Pauline Gumbs cover a wide array of subjects from sex work to climate change ,


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    NEW [Pleasure Activism] Adrienne Maree Brown ↠ 6 Read Review Pleasure Activism Pleasure Activism is a collection of essays interviews poetry and art composed andor collected by adrienne maree brown The structure and organization of the book is well thought out as it spaces each of these mediums apart so that the reader is not over saturated The book is very ueer and trans inclusive and most of the entries and interviews are with women gender non conforming andor trans people of color There is one somewhat

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    Review Pleasure Activism Read Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Adrienne Maree Brown Adrienne Maree Brown ↠ 6 Read Enjoyed the last uarter of the book and some essays along the way but felt mostly like a missed opportunity to go deeper into nonsexual pleasures and explore the dynamic nature of pleasure in all kinds of bodies Food in particular fel

  3. says: NEW [Pleasure Activism]

    NEW [Pleasure Activism] I designed a course called Subversive Joy Writing the Senses as Resistance and am teaching it for the first time this semester I have been following adrienne maree brown now for a few years and love her work so I was deli

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    NEW [Pleasure Activism] What are the main ideas? liberation work must be driven by pleasure not by avoidance of pain or harm many of us doing justice work have forgotten the above we are activated by making things less bad for people including ou

  5. says: NEW [Pleasure Activism] Adrienne Maree Brown ↠ 6 Read Review Pleasure Activism

    Read Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Adrienne Maree Brown NEW [Pleasure Activism] Adrienne Maree Brown ↠ 6 Read This was a super amazing book non sexual pleasure stuff would have been nice to see but my main issue is small but repeated food moralizing once the literal phrase eating clean what a devastating sentiment to bring to pleasure activism A really distracting bummer to find in 3 separate places in the book but outside of that really really invaluable conversations interviews and short essays around pleasure intent growth

  6. says: Review Pleasure Activism NEW [Pleasure Activism]

    NEW [Pleasure Activism] I had so many positive visceral and cognitive reactions while reading this collection of essays and conversations about pleasure During the first chapter I was wondering aloud have I found my bible? I had never before had so many o

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    Adrienne Maree Brown ↠ 6 Read Read Ö PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Adrienne Maree Brown Review Pleasure Activism Phenomenal anthology of radical and liberation focused essays Something I have always always appreciated about adrienne maree brown is that she is so invested in the decentralizationdespecialization of knowledge she knows what she knows and that’s a whole lot but she never suggests that she is the most scholarly when it comes to Octavia E Butler speculative fiction Black liberation work or pleasure activism She is ALWAYS thank

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    Review Pleasure Activism NEW [Pleasure Activism] This was such interesting reframing around pleasure and how we experience and cultivate it It was much academic in tone than I was expecting It’s a mix of essays guest essays and interviews some of which work better than others but I liked the variety of perspectives This would have been particularly valuable to have re

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    Review Pleasure Activism NEW [Pleasure Activism] Wow wow wow This book shifted something in me Never has a book felt this essential since the first time I read This Bridge Called My Back

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    Review Pleasure Activism NEW [Pleasure Activism] This book was written for Adrienne Maree Brown by Adrienne Maree Brown It was an excuse to interview people she likes and admires and and excuse to talk about how woke she isI'm not saying that's a bad thing On the contrary sex positivity is something that is sorely lacked Sex isn't something a lot of people are comfortable talking about ev

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