Tue, May 18|
Pleasure Activism Book Club L1
How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience?
Time & Location
May 18, 2021, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM PDT
About the Event
Come join us virtually for a series of online sex positive book club discussions. The book we will be exploring every other Tuesday evening is “Pleasure Activism” by adrienne maree brown. All are welcome, whether you’ve read the book or not, please join us for the discussion!
About the book:
How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken desires within ourselves 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.
What we’ll do each week:
Every other Tuesday night we’ll take two hours to discuss each section over zoom. Please feel free to talk, share, or just listen!
Introduction & Section One: Who Taught You to Feel Good? (Pt 1)
Pages 1 – 36
Section One: Who Taught You to Feel Good? (Pt 2)
Pages 37 – 80
Section One: Who Taught You to Feel Good? (Pt 3) &
Section Two: The Politics of Radical Sex
Pages 81 – 126
Section Three: A Circle of Sex (Pt 1)
Pages 127 – 150
Section Three: A Circle of Sex (Pt 2)
Pages 151 – 189
Section Three: A Circle of Sex (Pt 3)
Sub Section: Skills for Sex in the #MeToo Era
Pages 190 – 238
Section Four: The Politics of Radical Drug Use
Pages 239 – 270
Section Five: Pleasure as Political Practice (Pt 1)
Sub Section: The Politics of Healing Towards Pleasure
Pages 271 – 316
Section Five: Pleasure as Political Practice (Pt 2)
Sub Section: The Politics of Wholeness in Movements (Pt 1)
Pages 317 – 344
Section Five: Pleasure as Political Practice (Pt 3)
Sub Section: The Politics of Wholeness in Movements (Pt 2)
Pages 345 – 368
Section Five: Pleasure as Political Practice (Pt 4)
Sub Section: The Politics of Wholeness in Movements (Pt 3)
Pages 369 – 398
Section Five: Pleasure as Political Practice (Pt 5)
Sub Section: The Politics of Liberated Relationships
Section Six: Outros, Thank Yous
Pages 399 – 444
7:30pm – Zoom room opens
7:35pm – Opening Circle and introductions
8:00pm – Open discussion (Jamie will moderate)
9:15pm – Closing remarks and announcements 9:30pm – End of book club
Do I need to read the book and show up *every* week to join?
NO! Jump in and out at your own pace! This is an OPEN GROUP, please just show up!
Will this group meet in person or offline?
This group will only meet online
Do I need to keep my camera on and talk a lot?
No! We like to see and hear everyone introduce themselves at the start, but all participation is optional.
How can I be an activist today?
Buy your copy from small, Black-owned retailers like this one: https://www.esowonbookstore.com/book/9781849353267
About the Author:
adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is the cohost of the How to Survive the End of the World and Octavia’s Parables podcasts. adrienne is rooted in Detroit.
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