Body Phobia: The Western Roots of Our Fear of Difference

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About the Author

Dianna E. Anderson is a non-binary writer with a master's degree in English from Baylor University and a master of studies in women's studies from the University of Oxford in the UK. They are the author of In Transit: Being Non-Binary in a World of Dichotomies, Problematic: How Toxic Call-Out Culture Is Destroying Feminism, and Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity. Their work focuses on the intersections of gender, history, religion, and theory, and they have been published in Rolling Stone, Cosmo, Bitch Magazine, Dame, and many others. They live in Minneapolis with their two cats, Minerva and Tonks.


"Anyone with a body will know how troublesome they can be, but Body Phobia explains it's not just you--it's all of us. Dianna Anderson's keen insights into the ways we fear our own embodiment, and how ambient cultural anxiety around our bodies is vented particularly on fat, queer, and racialized bodies, is an essential tool to understanding and connecting with our embodied selves." --Evan Urquhart, founder of Assigned Media

"This book has the power to heal. As a therapist, I believe one of the precursors to healing is putting unspoken truth into language. Body Phobia does that for our bodies, for our selves. In it, Anderson has masterfully constructed a book that simultaneously challenges and liberates, all the while keeping readers enraptured by their storytelling. I wish I could put this book in front of everybody I know, saying, 'Read this, and don't stop until you are free.'" --Matthias Roberts, psychotherapist and author of Holy Runaways and Beyond Shame

"This book is very timely. I've recently come across terms like anti-trans and homo-negativity as alternatives for transphobia and homophobia, and those can be useful. But this book tackles deeper, harder, bigger questions: What if the hate and discrimination we face actually are manifestations of fear, and if so, why? Using phobia, not just out of habit but because it is the most accurate term, poses a serious challenge to cishet-normativity and white, Western beauty standards." --Freddy McConnell, Guardian journalist profiled in the documentary Seahorse

"Combining searing memoir with deep analysis of theology, philosophy, literature, and more, Anderson locates the root of so many problems in our fear of bodies--our own and those of others. Then they show us a way out of this trap that goes far beyond mere acceptance, to integration, to becoming something whole." --David M. Perry, author of The Bright Ages