Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Marie Brown


No more self-denial. Politics should be a resounding, erotic “yes,” not another deadening “no.”

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Even though this is on the back jacket copy, I think it’s worth repeating: “No more self-denial. Politics should be a resounding, erotic ‘yes,’ not another deadening ‘no.’”

This is the funny, accessible collection I want to gift all my friends who are struggling with protest burnout.

This is for anyone struggling with shame, guilt, self-worth, and identity—which, you know, are all the things on my mind all the time lol.

This is if you fear #metoo means the end of sex as we know it, if you fear the legalization of drugs means chaos and debauchery, if you fear “PC politics” means a more rigid, cancel-culture-oriented society. (Spoiler: the answer to all of these is nope!)

Pick this up and put it down while you’re on the go. Flip through the essays as each subject breaches your day-to-day, because I promise you, if you’re a twenty-something in 2020, they will. 

There’s a place for everything in moderation. No matter your age, don’t let your parent’s fears dictate your future. 

It’s OKAY to let yourself be happy:)


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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? Author and 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, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. Her mindset-altering essays are interwoven with conversations and insights from other feminist thinkers, including Audre Lorde, Joan Morgan, Cara Page, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Together they cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—building new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own.

Building 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 crisis!

Pleasure Activism by Adrienne Marie Brown