Physical Disobedience: An Unruly Guide to Health and Stamina for the Modern Feminist

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Self-described feminist Sarah Hayes Coomer takes a fresh approach toward fitness and beauty in Physical Disobedience. Rather than defining beauty and attractiveness by the unrealistic expectations that are placed on women’s bodies, she approaches physical and mental fitness and health as powerful tools for fighting for the causes that women believe in. Our bodies, she says, are tools to be used in the fight for justice, rather than merely objects to be worked into submission to align with someone else’s definition of “pretty.” Re-thinking common attitudes and practices involving food, fashion, motherhood, exercise, and more, Coomer provides a liberating and empowering philosophy of bodily health and activism.

Because of what she is trying to accomplish in Physical Disobedience, some readers will hope for more specific suggestions and practices rather than the personal, reflective route that Coomer often takes, and there were places where I wished for deeper explanation of her particular perspectives. Coomer’s writing is clear and personal, however, and she provides helpful lists of both activist organizations to get involved in and suggestions for further reading. While Physical Disobedience may not answer all the questions it raises, it is certainly an excellent place to start.


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Author Sarah Hays Coomer
Star Count 4/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Seal Press
Publish Date 2018-Aug-21
ISBN 9781580057738
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Issue December 2018
Category Self-Help
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