Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the age of The Biggest Loser and the “war on obesity,” we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost. Sure, everyone should eat right and get exercise, but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall?

In Two Whole Cakes, Fatshionista extraordinaire Lesley Kinzel tells stories, gives advice, and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat. Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills, shows by ...

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Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

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Overview

In the age of The Biggest Loser and the “war on obesity,” we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost. Sure, everyone should eat right and get exercise, but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall?

In Two Whole Cakes, Fatshionista extraordinaire Lesley Kinzel tells stories, gives advice, and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat. Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills, shows by example how to stop hating your body, celebrates self-acceptance at any size, and urges you to finally accept the truth: your body is not a tragedy!

Lesley Kinzel, who co-founded the blog Fatshionista, is an online celebrity in the communities of size acceptance, fashion, and women’s issues. She has her own blog on body politics in the media, Two Whole Cakes, is an associate editor at xoJane, and has become the go-to fatty for all things fashion and pop culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This accessible blend of memoir and cultural theory is a lifeline and a love letter; one is better off in the world for having read it.”—Marianne Kirby, co-author of Lessons From the Fat-o-Sphere

Two Whole Cakes is a vulnerable, funny, whip-smart, incendiary book that offers a delightfully readable way out of our culture's unrealistic expectations of body size and appearance.”—Hanne Blank, author of Big Big Love

"Every single page of this book contains an AHA! moment. Two Whole Cakes is super empowering and fun to read—you seriously can't put it down. I've read it twice, and I'm keeping it for my daughter." —Jane Pratt, founding editor of xoJane and Sassy

“I am extremely grateful that Lesley Kinzel is flooding cyberspace with provocative conversations about the political, financial, emotional, and spiritual struggles resulting from America's obsession with weight.”
Camryn Manheim, actor and author of Wake Up, I’m Fat!

Library Journal
Blogger Kinzel has always been big. She tried diets, exercise, and weight-loss programs without success. Regardless of her size, she is healthy and happily married, and she wants the same for all large women. Drawn from Kinzel's personal blog, twowholecakes.com, this book shares her story of coming to terms with her body in the hopes of inspiring readers to accept themselves as they are. While acknowledging the challenges of being a plus-size woman in a world that reveres the slim, she tells readers to forgo diets, drugs, and corporate food plans. Instead, they should eat what they like, try to stay healthy, and join supportive communities of like-minded women. Above all, Kinzel encourages readers to lose the victim mentality, start enjoying life, and surround themselves with others who accept them as they are. VERDICT A useful addition to self-help collections, this book will be of interest to fat-positive readers.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558617940
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 4/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 453,463
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Lesley Kinzel: Lesley Kinzel has been engaging with body politics and social justice activism for well over a decade. She co-founded and moderated the blog Fatshionista for five years (2005-2010), which has turned her into an online celebrity in the communities of fat acceptance, fashion, and women’s issues. She now has her own popular fat fashion and pop culture blog, Two Whole Cakes, which gets roughly 60,000-70,000 hits per month.

She is a regular contributor to the online magazine, xo.Jane. Over the years Kinzel has become the go-to fatty for all things fat fashion, and fat pop culture and has been quoted on ABC News, CNN, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, the New York Post, and the New York Times. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and a well-tended stable of cats.
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  • Posted April 10, 2012

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    If you've never read anything fat acceptance related, this is an

    If you've never read anything fat acceptance related, this is an excellent introduction. It's fun, light, and easily approachable without watering down the core tenants. Lesley never apologizes for her fatness (or anyone else's), and does a fine job of both showing and telling why fat acceptance is important and needed and why you ought care and join our team. If you're a fat-acceptance regular, fret not; I assure you, this book is also for you.

    Two Whole Cakes is a small, friendly book. It's a paperback of about 160 pages. Neither an academic text nor a neatly logical refutation of anti-fat hate, reading it feels like I'm chatting with Lesley over dinner (or cake!). She tells stories from her childhood and grad school intermixed with passionate culminations of a manifesto. There is no index, no table of contents, and it's not chronological. It meanders, but not aimlessly. There are sentences and even paragraphs that I would expect to find in gradate school rather than a cute paperback. Rather than distracting from the intimacy of Kinzel's voice, they add a depth and complexity that is so often the hallmark of her work. She's thoughtful and reflective, both of herself and our culture at large (pun always intended). Kinzel has the ability to both take topics seriously while also conveying how absolutely absurd they are. When Kinzel discusses the side effects from a diet pill, I had to put down the book because I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt and I couldn't keep my eyes open. Only Lesley could get me to laugh so hard about diet pills and literal crap. And it's more than the absurdity of our culture that got to me. She talks about her involvement in fat community, a flourishing community full of self acceptance and love. Though I'm sure this was not her goal, she reminded my why I also do fat academic work and fat activist work. In the face of diet culture, I want everyone to be able to opt out of hate and self-loathing. And in order to do this, I need a community of others who get it. I need to know that I'm not alone in my fear, my love, and my rage. Two Whole Cakes renewed my love for my body and my work-- and that's the highest praise I can give any writer.

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