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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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Yep that’s it... pretty incredible...
It’s a book to listen to and come back to and think on and feel on x

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Spectacular

Wonderful words and reflections. This book wncouraged reflection in such a joy filled way, and it explores pleasure in the widest sense. so well read too - so engaging.

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  • Kristina Kelly
  • 10-11-20

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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  • Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez
  • 01-11-20

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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  • Charles Bonker
  • 21-01-21

Insightful, unapologetic, essential

This book has really opened my eyes to the many ways that we must prioritize pleasure both in our own lives and in our activist movements. If we do not build the world we want to see with these values in mind, we will only recreate sorrow. Especially love all the insight about love, sex, polyamory, drugs, and friendship. Love love love all around!

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  • asha.
  • 03-01-21

Amazing!

Loved this book, but more so loved listening to Adrienne read it. Lots of great practical wisdom in here, and also something so beautiful about hearing her bring these words to life audibly. Very powerful. Very healing. Could listen to amb over and over again.

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  • Mykalee
  • 23-12-20

OMG. So good! 🥰🥰🥰

I love this book. The narration helped in dive into the book and it's concepts more. I loved the interviews and different stories of pleasure. I just loved everything. Pleasure Activism is definitely a staple for me and my life. Thank you so much AMB.

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  • Monica Wylld
  • 27-01-21

Recommend for Everyone

I love love love LOVE this book!!
The audiobook is so good and I may pick up a print copy to have at home.

I learned so much for my own self-cultivation to enhance my compassion for myself and others within a wider context of understanding.

I have told so many of my friends about this book and will continue to sing it’s praises!

Thank you AMB for this beautiful and generous gift of words!

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  • Raven Moore
  • 24-01-21

The title is misleading. Good nuggets in places.

The title is misleading. Good nuggets in places. Not a waste of time. Enjoy.

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  • Carly
  • 20-01-21

Wow! AMB really outdid herself!

Im at a loss for words! I laughed, I cried, I epiphanied. I cannot wait to start it all over again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-21

Like Breathing

This work is an education, a poem, contagious love!! Black liberation, care, healing, and gracious empathy for the dimensions of our collective selves, and for the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-21

Felt like a church sermon

AMB puts together a beautiful collection or stories, essays and interviews for a soul building experience. I love her narration and the content will leave you feeling inspired, seen and cared for.

Thank you Adrienne Maree Brown for this work.

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