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$14,471
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29hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, August 19 2019 11:34 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Update: Stretch goals!

We've surpassed our initial goal! In celebration, and as a thank you for backing and believing this project, we've created two stretch goals:

  • $8,000: Consent stickers. If we surpass this amount of funding, every backer who is already getting physical rewards in the mail will also receive some Dr. Faith-y stickers about the important meanings of the words yes and no.
  • $12,000: Consent zine! At this level of funding, each backer who is already receiving a physical reward in the mail will also receive Dr. Faith's to-be-released zine Unf*ck Your Consent.

About this project

Dr. Faith's newest book is all about boundaries and consent. 

Kickstarter's challenge to "break" their system by using it in an unexpected way inspired us to make our boundaries more flexible, specifically around the price of the book. 

tl;dr: We're offering a sliding scale of $10-20 for Unf*ck Your Boundaries and a workbook that goes with it!

About the book

At its core, this book is about unf*ckening our interactions with others. It contains these parts, and will leave you with some seriously badass skills at holding your own boundaries and understanding and respecting others'.

  • What are boundaries? What is consent? Why are these things important? What are they not?
  • How do our boundaries get f*cked up? This section covers some heavy background, from family to culture, with a whole lot of gender thrown into the mix, because, you know, #metoo.
  • What do boundary violations look like in practice? Learn to recognize them like a champ. Also learn to spot patterns of extreme, controlling boundary busting.
  • Unf*ck your boundaries! The second half of the book contains much excellent information for understanding and communicating your own boundaries, troubleshooting, holding yourself and others accountable, and building a life where your boundaries aren't too strict or too soft, but can be just right for you.  

Unf*ck Your Boundaries by Faith G. Harper, PhD, LPC-S, ACS, ACN is a 128 page, 5x7 inch paperback book, illustrated by Trista Vercher and printed in Illinois.

And there's a workbook! Real therapist exercises to fill out as you explore how to become a champion communicator and respecter of boundaries.  

About the rewards

The sliding scale price!

The basic reward for this project has two parts: Unf*ck Your Boundaries and its accompanying workbook. The cover price is $9.95 for the paperback + $4.95 for the workbook zine, so the regular price for both would be $14.90. 

We are offering these books on a sliding scale, and invite you to pay anywhere from $10 to $20. The calculation of what you are able to pay, as well as what the books are worth for you, is totally up to you.  

We have long offered sliding scale on our own website as a way to make our books accessible to a wide range of readers. The lowest end covers our costs and still allows us to pay the author a royalty. The higher end essentially subsidizes the lower end. We've found that when people are offered a sliding scale and pay what works best for them, we typically end up earning an average that is very close to the actual cover price. We're curious to see if the same thing will happen in this project!

Of course, you can skip this experiment and just get one of these reward levels with more books! They're already priced about as low as we can manage—you're welcome to pledge higher than the asking price if you're feeling it.

I want better boundaries in daily life

Looking to improve your boundaries at home, at work, with friends, in line at the post office? This pack of Dr. Faith books and zines that help you do just exactly that. 

  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries
  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries Workbook
  •  Unf*ck Your Adulting - Soooo much of this book is about recognizing what belongs to you and what belongs to someone else. 
  •  Unf*ck Your Work - A zine about kicking butt at work, which again, is a lot about recognizing your own agency and locus of control.
  •  Defriending - A zine about how to break off any kind of relationship while leaving room for both of you to walk away with dignity.

I want help with consent 

  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries
  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries Workbook
  •  Consensuality - Helen Wildfell's great book about learning to be an adult in your intimate relationships
  •  Learning Good Consent - Cindy Crabb's book about the importance of respecting each others' autonomy
  •  Support - Cindy Crabb's book about helping each other recover from sexual trauma

I want support for trauma recovery

  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries
  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries Workbook
  •  Coping Skills - All the tools you need, whether it's to get through a tough ten minutes or turn your life around in this Dr. Faith book.
  •  This is Your Brain on PTSD - Dr. Faith's zine about how we get trauma and how we recover from it.
  •  Support - Cindy Crabb's book about helping each other recover from sexual trauma
  •  Standing Unafraid - Robert Wildwood's zine comic about his successful EMDR trauma therapy.

I want healthier adult relationships

  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries
  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries Workbook
  •  Unf*ck Your Intimacy - Dr. Faith's new book about how to have healthier intimate relationships and sex
  •  Sex from Scratch - Sarah Mirk's book about making your own relationship rules
  •  Aftermath of Forever - Natalye Childress's account of looking for love in all the wrong places

I want to help my kids have great boundaries

  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries
  • Unf*ck Your Boundaries Workbook
  •  Rad Dad - Tomas Moniz edited this anthology of dads doing things differently.
  •  Woke Parenting #1-4 - Dr. Faith and Bonnie Scott collaborated on this series of zines about how to raise intersectional feminist kids who can take care of themselves

I want all the books and zines

A copy each of every book and zine offered in this project!

Wealth Redistribution 

These are like super sliding scale levels, and are an opportunity to support our goals of centering marginalized voices and changing the publishing industry to reflect the backgrounds and experiences of readers.

About the author

Dr. Faith G. Harper did her PhD research on how epigenetic trauma is passed down between generations, and has been helping people break the cycle and live happy, healthy lives with her no-nonsense style of writing, therapy, and clinical training ever since. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Supervisor in Texas, and holds postdoctoral certificates in nutrition and sexology. She identifies as a woman of color and an intersectional feminist. 

About the publisher

A very sunny day this year, when we received 11 pallets of books.
A very sunny day this year, when we received 11 pallets of books.

Born out of adverse beginnings, Microcosm is an independent publisher and distributor of books and zines about self-empowering topics, now for over 23 years. The books we love best are the ones, like Unf*ck Your Boundaries, that we wish we'd been able to read back when we first started. We are scrappy, rapidly growing, worker-owned, and based in Portland, Oregon.

Thank you for supporting independent publishing!

Risks and challenges

We're very good at producing books that look and read great, and at sending them to you relatively on time. When things go wrong, we'll do our best to make them right.

Thank you for loving these books as much as we do!

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