Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for women of all sizes and ages. With smart and spirited eloquence, veteran blogger Jes Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat-shaming, and embrace a body-positive worldview to change public perceptions and help women maintain mental health.
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.
The first thing readers of this stirring manifesto will notice is that Baker, a blogger and mental health specialist, is very funny. She is also on a mission. As Baker explains, she wants to help women embrace a body-positive view that doesn't put other people down for their size, color, or self-presentation. The book builds on Baker's viral Attractive and Fat campaign, which called out Abercrombie & Fitch for fat shaming. Baker recommends websites, blogs, books, and hotlines for anyone of any gender who's intent on living without self-loathing despite the social pressures around body image. Her message is powerful, particularly her suggestions of things "fat people" should insist on doing that others often tell them they can't (e.g., sitting in a booth, riding a bike, wearing a bikini). Equally strong are the essays from guest authors, including "Body Love and Disabilities: Intersections of Identity" by Shanna Katz Kattari and "The Case for Male Fatshion" by Bruce Sturgell. Readers will be challenged and empowered by Baker's ideas, inspired by her quest to promote body positivity, and entertained by her candid, witty storytelling.
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Read it. I couldn’t believe there were people feeling the same as me. This was an amazing, eye opening book. My journey has begun.
Should Be Required Reading
I wish I had read this book 10 years ago. I wish this book had existed 10 years ago. I needed so much of what was in this book. I pretty much needed all of what was in this book. If you don’t think you’re pretty enough, skinny enough, big enough, small enough, (fill in the blank) enough... basically if you don’t think you’re enough for the world, a lover, yourself (so everyone), this book is for you. Everyone should read this book. This book should be required reading. This book is perfection. Jes Baker is now my spirit animal, and I’m pretty sure she’s got a fairly solid world peace plan (hint: it involves more orgasms for everyone).
OMG! I LOVED this book
Jes Baker truly captured the concept of self-acceptance and love in this book. While reading I found myself shaking my head yes while speaking, “I know that’s right,” out loud.
I also found she included pertinent information and statistics. As an advocate, information such as this can be useful when advocating on behalf of the body positive movement.
I will be re-reading and referencing this book often. To quote Travis from ‘Clueless, I give it, “Two very enthusiastic thumbs up! It’s fine holiday fun.”