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The New York Times best seller from AK Press is now an audiobook — read by Adrienne Maree Brown herself!

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, Adrienne brings her audience experimental, expansive, and innovative ways to meet the challenges that face our world today.

©2019 AK Press (P)2020 AK Press

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  • Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez
  • 01-11-2020

Healing, wisdom, and pleasure 😌😍🙌🏼

Grateful for all the conversations and stories from phenomenal people. AMB’s charisma, facilitation, and embodied wisdom sustains your experience from start to finish. I was left with two key offerings: (1) I must be proactive about my fulfillment and pleasure - AND - of the people and spaces I frequent. It is essential our fulfillment and pleasure is rooted in healing, liberation, and love. (2) Books with multiple community features, songs, poetry, strategies, and invitations are so energizing. This audiobook energized me fully for the journey ahead ✨✨✨

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  • T. Davis
  • 21-11-2020

Where do I begin?

I’m turning 50 next month. Pleasure Activism gave me the language I needed acknowledge this inner struggle with myself. This desire for freedom locked inside my predisposition for self imposed respectability politics. This made me update my thinking of myself, in a way, it felt like I’d been given permission to step into this world of black feminine powerful energy and explore its vastness and creativity.

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  • Kristina Kelly
  • 10-11-2020

This book is worth so much to me ❤️

I’m a cryer, I find joy in happy tears so as you can imagine this book made me cry more times than I can count. But can I just thank you for the extreme session of joy tears your laugh at the end gave me. 😭 such a gift. Words can’t adequately express what this book means to me. It is everything I didn’t know I needed to really begin my journey of finding intentional happiness in my life and feeling pleasure and acceptance with my very willing partner. They’ve been nudging me toward these lessons since we met, but hearing them from a neutral person and a woman I think was the extra push I needed. This book now makes up a major part of my life skills audiobook toolkit and I am so so grateful especially to have heard it read and sang in AMB’s actual voice. Thank you. Going to go joy cry some more 🥰

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