A manual for activism that begins with our most powerful asset–our bodies
As women, we’ve been taught for too long to mold and disguise our bodies at all costs. Even as a wave of renewed feminism swells, too many of us continue to starve, stuff, overwork, or neglect our bodies in pursuit of paper-thin ideals. “Fitness” has been co-opted by the beauty industry. We associate it with appearance when we should associate it with power.
Grounded in activism with a rowdy, accessible spirit, Physical Disobedience asserts that denigrating our bodies is, in practice, an act of submission to gender inequality. The author-a “diet abolitionist”-argues that when we strengthen ourselves, we reclaim our authority by asserting our rights to a healthy self-image and bodies that function to the best of their abilities. And when we take broad command of our physicality, we build stamina for the literal work of activism-the protests, community service, and emotional resilience it takes to face the news and remain informed.
Physical Disobedience introduces a liberating new view on health by encouraging nonviolence toward our bodies, revitalizing them through diet and exercise, fashion and social media, alternative therapies and motherhood. The goal is no longer to keep our bodies in check. The goal is to ignite them, to set them free, and have a mighty fine time doing it.