A manual for activism that begins with our most powerful asset — our bodies
Even as a wave of renewed feminism swells, too many women continue to starve, stuff, overwork, or neglect our bodies in pursuit of paper-thin ideals. “Fitness” has been co-opted by the beauty industry. We associate it with appearance when we should associate it with power.
Grounded in advocacy with a rowdy, accessible spirit, Physical Disobedience asserts that denigrating our bodies is, in practice, an act of submission to inequality. But when we strengthen ourselves — taking broad command of our individual physicality — we reclaim our authority and build stamina for the literal work of activism: the protests, community service, and emotional resilience it takes to face the news and stay engaged.
Physical Disobedience introduces a breathtaking new perspective on wellness by encouraging nonviolence toward our bodies, revitalizing them through diet and exercise, fashion and social media, alternative therapies, music, and motherhood. The goal is no longer to keep our bodies in check. The goal is to ignite them, to set them free, and have a mighty fine time doing it.
Sarah Hays Coomer is a Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach, a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant with the American Fitness Professionals & Associates, and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Sarah is the author of three books: The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the-Blank Journey to a Life on Purpose(Running Press, 2020), Physical Disobedience (Seal Press, 2018) and Lightness of Body and Mind (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Her work has been featured in Thrive Global, The Wall Street Journal, Utne Reader, Huffington Post, Bustle, and The Tennessean, among others. She has spoken at organizations and universities nationwide including Google, Vanderbilt University, the Nashville Women’s March 2019, The University of the South, the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Confluence, and the Girls to the Moon Conference. Sarah lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs, Ringo and Moon.