With the same straightforward tone that catapulted her to national attention when she wrote a public letter addressing the sexist comments of Abercrombie & Fitch's CEO, Jes shares personal experiences along with in-depth research in a way that is approachable, digestible, and empowering. Featuring notable guest authors, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is an invitation for all women to reject fat prejudice, learn to love their bodies, and join the most progressive, and life-changing revolution there is: the movement to change the world by loving their bodies.
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About the Author
Jes Baker is a positive, progressive, and magnificently irreverent force to be reckoned with in the realm of self-love advocacy and mental health.
Jes is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog, The Militant Baker, and for the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, a response to Abercrombie and Fitch’s controversial branding efforts. Her extensive body advocacy work has continued to garner attention from hundreds of national and international media networks.
When not blogging, Jes spends her time producing the renowned Body Love Conference, speaking at universities, taking pictures in her underwear, writing for several online publications, working with clothing companies to promote more plus size fashion, and trying to convince her cats that they like to wear sweaters and bow ties. Learn more about Jes at TheMilitantBaker.com.
Table of Contents
1 What, in the World Is Body Lore, and Why Does It Matter? 9
2 Start Now, GODDAMNIT: Wailing Doesn't Work 18
Guest essay Virgie Tovar 25
3 You Hate Your Body Because Don Draper Told You To: Throw Some Shade at History 28
Guest essay Sonya Renee Taylor 43
4 If You're Happy and You Know It, Cut in Line: Fat Hate Isn't Your Problem 47
Guest essay Andrew Walen 61
5 Fat and Health: Rethink That Shit 64
Guest essay Jen McLellan 82
6 Selfies Aren't Selfish: Narcissism Is Good for You 86
7 Change Your Tumblr, Change Your Life: Diversify Your Media Feed 105
Guest essay Shanna Katz Kattari 116
8 100% of Humans Have Brains: Mental Health Support Is for Everyone 121
Guest essay Kimberly A. Peace, MSW 140
9 Watch Your Language: Words Mailer 144
Guest essay Sam Dylan Finch 166
10 "Fatshion" Is a Form of Political Resistance: Wear What Scares You 170
Guest essay Bruce Sturgell 187
11 Affirmations Aren't Just for People Who Love Sedona: You Can Rewire Your Brain 190
12 Fat Girls Find Love Too: Yes, That Includes You 197
Guest essay Chrystal Bougon 213
13 Loving Your Body Will Change the World 217