Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion

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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. Hot & Heavy rejects the idea that being thin is best, instead embracing the many fabulous aspects of being fat—building fat-positive spaces, putting together fat-friendly wardrobes, turning society’s rules into personal politics, and creating supportive, inclusive communities. Writers, activists, performers, and ...
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Overview


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. Hot & Heavy rejects the idea that being thin is best, instead embracing the many fabulous aspects of being fat—building fat-positive spaces, putting together fat-friendly wardrobes, turning society’s rules into personal politics, and creating supportive, inclusive communities. Writers, activists, performers, and poets—including April Flores, Alysia Angel, Charlotte Cooper, Jessica Judd, Emily Anderson, Genne Murphy, and Tigress Osborn—cover everything from fat go-go dancing to queer dating to urban gardening in their essays, exploring their experiences with the word “fat,” pinpointing particular moments that have impacted the way they think and feel about their bodies, and telling the story of how they each became fat revolutionaries.

Ground-breaking and long overdue, Hot & Heavy is a fierce, sassy, thoughtful, authentic, and joyous collection of stories about unapologetically—and unconditionally—loving the body you’re in.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580054386
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 716,186
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based fat activist and sexologist. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science at U.C. Berkeley, she was offered admission to the only human sexuality master's program in the U.S., housed at San Francisco State University. She completed research for her master's thesis on the subject of fat women and femininity in 2011.

Tovar is a certified sex educator who has performed research for the Center for Court Innovation in New York, worked for the National Sexuality Resource Center and is currently a contributor for Good Vibrations Magazine, where she writes on the intersections of body image and sexuality. In collaboration with organizations including the GLBT Historical Society, Tovar has brought events focused on fat activism and positivity to the Bay Area in hopes of ending the official and unofficial War on Obesity.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Virgie Tovar 1

Part 1 Life

Shiny, Sparkly Things Erin Kilpatrick 13

Fat at the Gym Emily Anderson 20

Public Stretch Mark Announcement Emma Corbert-Ashby (Goldie Dartmouth) 25

Take off the Damn Shoe! Deah Schwartz 32

To be Seen Kat Urice 37

Truce Abby Weintraub 42

I Came to Femme through Fat and Black Sydney Lewis 48

Fat Histories, Fat Futures Amithyst Fist Genne Murphy 52

Hey Sisters, Welcome to My World Charlotte Cooper 65

Big Yoga Student Kimberly Dark 71

Like a Tiara Laura Spafford 75

Elephants Never Forget Terri Elders 82

No Really, It isn't Me. It's you Marcy Cruz 88

Part 2 Love

The Fat Queen of Speed Dating Golda Poretsky 96

BBW Party Tigress Osborn 101

2Fat2Fuck Rachel Kacenjar 109

Dear Sweet Body Alysia Angel 118

Voluptuous Life April Flores 121

Women with Big Bellies Ashley Young 126

Journeying into a Fat, Fleshy Vulva Shawna Peters 132

Fat on the Beach: A Mother's Battle Cry Christa Trueman 138

Fat Sex Works! Kitty Stryker 144

Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Fat Jennifer Zarichnyj 152

Inside Out Tasha Fierce 160

Pecan Pie, Sex, and Other Revolutionary Things Virgie Tovar 167

Part 3 Fashion

Blue Pants Jessica Judd 180

On Dressing Up: A Story of Fashion Resistance Kirsty Fife 189

Who Wears Short Shorts? Margitte Kristjansson 195

Something Fabulous to Wear Margaret Howie 202

Flagrantly Fat and Fucking Fabulous Lexi Biermann 208

10 Tips from a New York Fatshionista Deb Malkin Virgie Tovar 213

Epilogue 228

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