BODY POSITIVITY

focus less on your looks and love yourself just the way you are

If the statistics are true, 45% of us are vowing to lose weight this year. And while we applaud self-improvement and self-reflection, we also support the growing trend of body positivity, which says: why not just be who we are, love who we are, and stop wasting valuable time thinking how life would be better if we lost X number of pounds, or had the so-called perfect body. Why not push the body shame aside, and remember what fun it can be to let go of insecurities and celebrate who we are, flaws and all? We also applaud these authors, who provide great support to those who’ve been told happiness lies with the perfect BMI—maybe happiness is instead learning to love yourself just the way you are. —Courtney, Audible Editor



    • The Body Is Not an Apology

    • The Power of Radical Self-Love
    • By: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 235
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 224
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 222

    A global movement guided by love. Humans are a varied and divergent bunch with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awe-inspiring!

    • By Sandy Chang on 05-07-18
    • The Power of Radical Self-Love
    • By: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Narrated by: Sonya Renee Taylor
    • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
    • Release date: 01-25-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 235 ratings
    • With its take-no-prisoners and uproariously witty tone, Sonya Renee Taylor’s book is the body-positive rallying cry of the moment. It’s also a “toolkit” for giving yourself permission to have a healthy relationship with your body regardless of its BMI. Moments of levity propel the narrative: take "poodle science," which refers to the tendency to equate health with (small) size. Imagine if we judged the health of all dogs based on how they compare to poodles—ridiculous, and yet somehow acceptable when applied to humans. Standing up against this pervasive attitude isn’t just crucial, it has global implications for how we relate in society. "Making peace with your body,” Taylor argues, “is your mighty act of revolution."
    • The Beauty Myth

    • How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
    • By: Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 241
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205

    The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • still revelant

    • By Angie B on 03-05-17
    • How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
    • By: Naomi Wolf
    • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
    • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
    • Release date: 03-20-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 241 ratings
    • The granddaddy (or perhaps we should say grandmommy) of the body-positive movement, The Beauty Myth is just as powerful today as it was when it initially crashed into the public consciousness as an iconoclastic tidal wave in the early ’90s. As Wolf notes in in her updated intro to the audiobook, this diatribe against the cultural forces that feed our collective negative body image is even more necessary now. Instagram models and carefully curated images flood our screens, dating apps make physical appearance more prized than ever, and the beauty industry is now a multibillion-dollar business—all of which prey on our insecurities. An essential listen for becoming aware of the forces working against us.
    • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

    • A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
    • By: Jes M. Baker
    • Narrated by: Jes M. Baker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 321
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 289
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288

    With smart and sassy eloquence, veteran blogger Jes M. Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat shaming, and embrace a body-positive worldview....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yes, Yes, Yes!

    • By Lynette on 03-08-16
    • A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
    • By: Jes M. Baker
    • Narrated by: Jes M. Baker
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 10-27-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 321 ratings
    • As her euphemism-free language suggests, Jes Baker isn’t the least bit ashamed of being fat—she celebrates her size. Her body-activism movement rose to fame after she created a viral "Attractive & Fat" campaign protesting Abercrombie & Fitch’s self-proclaimed exclusionary stance (the CEO openly defended their refusal to carry sizes above 10). Here, she provides a boost for anyone who’s ready to stand up against unrealistic notions of beauty and fitness, own the word "fat," and shift the paradigm to a place where it isn’t an indictment. Bonus: Jes helps you find your next listen, as she does a great job at noting the authors and works that will help move the fat-positive cause forward.
    • Health at Every Size

    • The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
    • By: Linda Bacon
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 146
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124

    Find the joy in movement. Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you to feel good....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'm a new person.

    • By Autumn Reese on 05-11-17
    • The Surprising Truth About Your Weight
    • By: Linda Bacon
    • Narrated by: Emily Durante
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 07-08-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 146 ratings
    • While this collection celebrates weight over weight loss, when I heard fat-positive champion Jes Baker praise this one in her own book, I had to give it a chance. I’m so glad I did. The well-informed, logical attitude of Dr. Bacon (not a pun!) permeates every words-to-live-by moment in this listen. To wit: "The best way to win the battle against weight is to give up the fight." Throughout, she makes a strong case for listeners to shift focus from fighting their bodies to learning to appreciate themselves, their bodies, and their lives.
    • Shrill

    • Notes from a Loud Woman
    • By: Lindy West
    • Narrated by: Lindy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,949
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,927

    Hailed by Lena Dunham as an "essential (and hilarious) voice for women", Lindy West is ferociously witty and outspoken, tackling topics as varied as pop culture, social justice, and body image....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impressed

    • By Chey Davis on 05-27-16
    • Notes from a Loud Woman
    • By: Lindy West
    • Narrated by: Lindy West
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 05-17-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274 ratings
    • So much of the conversation about body image is serious, even dour, but not so with the riotously funny, blunt, and witty Lindy West, who has earned a massive online following for her fearless confrontation of those who try to tear down her brazen love of her large body, despite its so-called "imperfection." West opens up honestly about everything from the experience of air travel as an overweight passenger to how you feel when "chasing perfection was your duty and your birthright as a woman." People are recklessly rude and cruel to her, but don’t feel bad for West; she’s owning the movement to change the conversation around fat. She is the Dorothy Parker of modern feminism, the Mae West of radical self-acceptance.
    • The Gifts of Imperfection

    • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
    • By: Brené Brown
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,048
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,112

    In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Buy 'The Power of Vulnerability' Instead!

    • By tracy on 08-17-14
    • Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
    • By: Brené Brown
    • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Release date: 12-20-10
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 12,048 ratings
    • Brené Brown has earned a major, avid following for her research on shame, and her work on sharing with others how this destructive emotion can hold us back. Here, she covers the full range of how being vulnerable to our so-called "imperfections" can yield great happiness—in relationships, in work, in family, and yes, in our bodies. And, as she notes, it’s not just women who are held back by physical shame (see: my "dad bod" husband, who I plead with regularly to not wear a T-shirt in the pool). When we spend time avoiding situations in which we don’t feel immediately confident, we miss out on opportunities to connect with each other and our true purpose in life. An essential listen for anyone held back by their striving for perfection.
    • Hunger

    • A Memoir of (My) Body
    • By: Roxane Gay
    • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,325
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,032

    From the New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist, a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brutal and raw and honest

    • By S. Yates on 07-17-17
    • A Memoir of (My) Body
    • By: Roxane Gay
    • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 3,325 ratings
    • As Roxane Gay bluntly states at the outset of Hunger, a memoir of her body, this isn’t one of those happy-ending, before-and-after "success stories." It is, however, a resounding success in its brutal honesty about the struggles of having an "unruly body" in a society that "displays nothing but contempt for it." By speaking the truths so painful that few even whisper them, Gay inspires listeners to pull back the curtains on our culture’s inexplicable reverence of a mostly unattainable physique. Her prose is raw, brave, and beautiful—and hearing it in Gay’s unaffected and honest voice makes this unbelievably painful story so profoundly affecting. Her bravery in the telling of her truth is a gift: to us, to herself, and to the cruel, body-obsessed world that needs to hear it.
    • The Goddess Revolution

    • Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life
    • By: Mel Wells
    • Narrated by: Mel Wells
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 200
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 177

    If you've ever struggled with diets, food, body image, or your weight, then The Goddess Revolution is your new handbook for life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life changing!!

    • By Lauren on 11-10-17
    • Make Peace with Food, Love Your Body and Reclaim Your Life
    • By: Mel Wells
    • Narrated by: Mel Wells
    • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 200 ratings
    • After decades of yo-yo dieting, Mel Wells gave it up and decided to view food not as a weakness or something to be loathed, but rather sustenance for hunger—a basic idea that often gets lost in our weight- and culinary-obsessed world. The result was a happier (and, ironically, fitter) version of herself, one that was able to finally enjoy meals, stop wasting time obsessing on her own and others’ bodies, and appreciate her body for how it supports her. "The way to make friends again with food is to make friends again with yourself first" is but one of the many eloquent takeaways in this relatable, loving approach to a happy mindset.
    • Body of Truth

    • How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight - and What We Can Do About It
    • By: Harriet Brown
    • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    Through interviews, research, and her own experience, Brown not only gives us the real story on weight, health, and beauty....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Waste of time

    • By student of medicine on 06-26-15
    • How Science, History, and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight - and What We Can Do About It
    • By: Harriet Brown
    • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 05-11-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings
    • Harriet Brown knows firsthand about the damaging effects of weight obsession: As she chronicled in her previous book Brave Girl Eating, her daughter suffered from a life-threatening bout with anorexia. In this, she explores the larger implications of everything from how we perceive celebrities (such as the widespread tendency to deem larger ones 'unhealthy," though we don’t know anything about their last doctor visit), to how we regard our own behavior (we’re "good" if we take the stairs; "bad" if we don’t skip dessert). By shining a light on these subtle observations and habits, she provides the tools to help shift our perspective from a body-obsessed, judgmental one to an outlook that values happiness and true health over appearance.
    • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

    • Essays
    • By: Samantha Irby
    • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 973
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 896
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 888

    Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The perfect balance of humour and pathos

    • By Salimah J. Perkins on 07-06-17
    • Essays
    • By: Samantha Irby
    • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Release date: 05-30-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 973 ratings
    • Samantha Irby isn’t a self-help guru, and her writing is wonderfully devoid of the gentle platitudes often found in books written by those who self-identify as such. Her work is a rollicking, bold, unapologetic take on what it’s like to be a bald, queer, plus-size black woman in a world that revolves around revering so much of the opposite. And she owns it—to hilarious and perfectly right-on effect—especially on the fat-positive front. In "F*ck it, Bitch. Stay Fat," she summarizes perfectly what makes weight-loss so maddening (for everyone): "Dieting is crazy and turns most of us jerks into insufferable babies." Irby’s deadpan, matter-of-fact, no-f*cks-given approach to this third-rail subject will have you slack-jawed and applauding.
    • Girl, Wash Your Face

    • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
    • By: Rachel Hollis
    • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32,322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,566
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28,402

    Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: That’s a lie....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • More for women who are mothers

    • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18
    • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
    • By: Rachel Hollis
    • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Release date: 02-06-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 32,322 ratings
    • No body positivity list is complete without Rachel Hollis, who essentially kickstarted the modern self-love movement by posting online a photo of herself in a bikini, her postnatal stomach (stretch marks, flab, and all) in full view. Her point? We’re wasting time hiding the stuff that makes us who we are—we should be proud of the marks that show what we’ve done in life (in her case, carry three healthy kids). Girl Wash Your Face is bolstered by the same brazen, who-cares-what-people-think attitude, served with a dash of faith and a lot of humor.
    • Hot & Heavy

    • Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion
    • By: Virgie Tovar
    • Narrated by: Joy Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    In this fun, fresh, fat-positive anthology, fat activist and sex educator Virgie Tovar brings together voices from an often-marginalized community to talk about and celebrate their lives....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining and Important

    • By Sarah on 06-28-16
    • Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion
    • By: Virgie Tovar
    • Narrated by: Joy Nash
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Release date: 03-27-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 49 ratings
    • Self-proclaimed "fat activist," writer, and creator of the #LoseHateNotWeight campaign, Virgie Tovar compiles many voices on the topic of self-love—particularly when it comes to being big and beautiful. More than body positivity, this a collection of essays on fat positivity, with the goal of taking back the "f word" and embracing it as the "delicious, cute word" that it actually is. In her powerful introduction, she invites listeners to stop holding themselves back: "Life begins now. Not 15 or 30 or 100 pounds from now. You can wear that bikini now. You can go on a date now. You can play in the ocean now." So, grab that sunscreen and get to it already.