Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (Emergent Strategy)
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 an...more
- 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 actually getting closer.
- if it doesn’t feel good, it’s not sustainable. period.
- oppre ...more
Within the first pages, the author, Adrienne Maree Brown, had outlined the Pleasure Principles:
-What you pay attention to grows
-We become what we practice
-Yes is the way
-When I am happy, it is good for the ...more
There is a lot of compassion and grace around tra ...more
I'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 partner(s). And there were some bits in this book I enjoyed: the pole dancer who loves what they do; the unpacking of polygamy ...more
The only reason I don’t give it a 5 is because there were a few too many transmisogynist dog whistles (in one essay a contributor uses the term “womyn” rather than “woman”) in this book for my liking. I believe adrienne maree brown herself does a good job of being inclusive in her writing and placing a disclaimer ...more
I wish that there had been more transfeminine voices, though! It was amazing to have so many di ...more
honoring what she calls her political lineage from octavia butler to audre lorde — adrienne maree brown blesses us with data and knowledge around harm reduction, generative boundaries, transformative justice, and other pleasure activism methodologies.
this absolutely rich text held me and asked me where it hurt, told me it's going to be okay, encouraged me to use my unbridled joy as a compass to move through the unjust worl ...more
this book fed my curiosity, my yearning for more radical perspectives on how to simply live(!), and my ultimate goal to find myself (like really find myself)
"center pleasure as an ...more
Every year I declare it the Year of *something* or other, and this year is the Year of Pleasure. For me, this means, mostly, being in my body for moments of wonder, awe, curiosity, and pride. Eating something delicious, watching the sun rise or set, the feeling of rain drops or wind on my face. It might be a moment of gender euphoria, of feeling utterly safe, of letting myself rest or asking for what I need without guilt or shame. It might be expressing anger, letting myself cry, showing vulnera ...more
I really enjoyed the burlesque and sex work essays, as well as the essay about pleasure over sixty and the essay on being the second (in non-monogs relationship woo woo), and finally the deeply charming “Are you there, goD? It’s me, Day” by Holiday Simmons. I thought brown’s writing was gentle and brilliant and bright, ...more
These essays, poems, and interviews focus on emotional and erotic pleasure and how necessary pleasure is not just in life, but in organizing and healing. She brings together the voices ...more
my biggest advice is to not attempt to read straight through — it’s not a linear read.
jump around from chapter to chapter going where spirit, desire or mood leads.
so much to reflect on here and to discuss with others...
Pleasure Activism joins the ranks of All About Love by bell hooks and Alice Walker’s non-fiction with its casual yet intimate and intelligent analyses—illuminating the multitudinous ways that the Black feminist ...more
and i do love this book too and am so grateful it is in the world and it is absolutely ...more