Disobedient bodies


What part of your beautiful self were you taught to hate? Body hair. ‘Fat’ thighs. Something’s always ‘too big’ or ‘too small’. We spend a lot of time hiding our ‘defects’, according to society’s ideals of beauty. Ideals that are often tyrannical, commercially entangled, homogenizing and imposed upon us by oppressive systems that are further strengthened by our conditioned self loathing. This book will explore how to unpack, process, rebel and subvert – offering alternative ways of seeing and doing beauty, drawing on other cultures, worldviews, times, places, and looking beyond the capitalist model – to find the inherent joy in our disobedient bodies.

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*AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4 START THE WEEK*An unmissable essay from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Don’t Touch My Hair and What White People Can Do Next’A must-read’ Psychologies’Radical, incisive, thoughtful . . . I can’t recommend enough’ Vicky Spratt’This is the book we have needed . . . her pièce de resistance, a clarion call for us to reconsider the entire contemporary concept of beauty . . . empowering’ Glamour, Best New Books in OctoberFor too long, beauty has been entangled in the forces of patriarchy and capitalism: objectification, shame, control, competition and consumerism. We need to find a way to do beauty differently. This radical, deeply personal and empowering essay points to ways we can all embrace our unruly beauty and enjoy our magnificent, disobedient bodies.It accompanies The Cult of Beauty, a major exhibition at Wellcome Collection, opening in October 2023.’Powerful’ The i, Best New Books to Read in October 2023’Calls for a radical reimagination and holistic reclamation of beauty’ Dazed

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Weight0.12 kg
Dimensions17.8 × 11 × 1.8 cm










306.4613 (edition:23)


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