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Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, and Inspiring Social Change

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As there have been increases in violence against women, people of color, immigrants, and LGBTQI-identified people, there has been a corresponding demand for individual and community self-defense, boundary setting, and bystander trainings that are grounded in an understanding of the complexities and intersections of power and privilege.

Survivors of domestic violence and
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by North Atlantic Books
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Corvus
Something that frequently goes through my head when reading various self-help books is the phrase, "must be nice." As in, "it must be nice to have the privilege and/or luxury to do (xyz.)" Many self-help books reflect the dominant culture or demographics which leads many of them to fall short. Different people experience the world in different ways based on how they are positioned in society. One of the best things about Cristien Storm's "Empowered Boundaries: Speaking Truth, Setting Boundaries, ...more
Lara
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: consent
This book is a look how we establish boundaries and the considerations that determine how we uphold our own boundaries. The book has basically four main "skills" that are repeated throughout the book. The book does a decent job of bringing up under considered issues such as power dynamics that arise from gender, race, and disabilities. It is also exceptionally contemporary in the examples chosen.

There were some issues. The book feels as though it was written in chunks or by different authors at
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Kally
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Had many interesting points, but it wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be.
Julene
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
Cristien Storm is one of the original founders of Home Alive; after a friend of hers was picked up in a van, raped and murdered then dumped by the side of the road, her and friends took action. (Years later he was tracked down due to DNA tests and got sentenced.) Not only did they fight back for women, but also against white supremists. This organization nurtured physical and emotional strength through the work of setting boundaries, towards social change.
The book is filled with useful tools
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Emily
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book that goes way beyond boundary setting. It should be required reading for organizers and people in therapy. As someone who was raised with no boundaries, and has suffered from both violations of mine and from violating other people’s, I can say I learned a lot and felt loved and held by this book.

I think what really sets this book apart (and where I was literally cheering) was when Storm goes into transformative justice, radical acceptance, and solidarity (the last few
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Dec 08, 2019 added it
An excellent read, but so jam packed that I had to read very slowly and take lots of time to digest. I could see it being great with an accompanying workbook. Without it, it might be easy to sail on past the many important and revolutionary points!
Anna
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Good information with a little repetition and a big focus on survivors of abuse or assault; would recommend for someone already working through a feminist lense
Karl
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book gives me a lot to reflect on. The tools and messages in this book are important. I need to read this again
❄Elsa Frost❄
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Update: February 23, 2019
Can I just emphasize what a life saver this one was for me recently?? Gosh, I love this book a LOT now. I'm upping this 1 star for that. <3

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I think this was very well-written and considerate of how everyone will have a different perspective of boundaries and will set up different boundaries depending on their background, their experiences, etc. Like the author states, there's no one-size-fits-all. For example, I, as a Latina, am very
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