In today’s episode I talk with Kelly Jensen about her new book for young adults called Body Talk, which covers the themes of ability and disability, body positivity, fat positivity, tattoos, language, and much more.
Tune in for essay readings and a nuanced conversation about intentions vs. impact of the body positivity movement today and where we may be doing more harm than good.
Here’s a few items we cover:
- how yoga has helped her and her yoga students with mental health, self compassion, and non-judgment.
- Themes and helpful lessons on body politics from her latest book Body Talk, and how to use this book as a parent of a 12+ person.
- Patricia Elzie’s essay on the problematic nature of policing people’s feelings in the body positivity movement.
- Questions about where we may do more harm than good when it comes to helping people practice self-acceptance.
- Why we need to listen to people with lived experience at multiple intersections about what they’re seeing from those of us who hold multiple privileges.
Listen to Episode 156 here
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Kelly Jensen is an editor of books for young adults including BODY TALK: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy (August 18), the award-winning (Don’t) Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start The Conversation About Mental Health, and Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World. She works full-time as an editor for Book Riot, and in her free time, she teaches yoga and volunteers for a senior pet rescue. She’s a former librarian and life-long lover of books and reading.