Book Review: Landwhale

I loved this book so much! I finished it in three sittings at the hair salon & enjoyed every single page. I can’t wait for this book to be released so you can all enjoy the fabulously vulnerable writing of Jes Baker. Her perspective is very refreshing & enlightening. I particularly enjoyed the overall feeling of inclusiveness & acceptance Jes imparts on the reader when the body positive & feminist movement have started to feel so exclusionary. Jes welcomes you to the table while other fat activists are busy telling people “you can’t sit with us”.

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I was lucky to be contacted by Seal Press & asked to read & then review Jes Baker’s second book prior to it being released to the public. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity & started reading the book as soon as it arrived in my mailbox. As I mentioned, I thoroughly loved reading the entire book but three parts stood out in my mind as my favourites.

  1. Ways to love your body – change “love” to “liberate”.
  2. Fat women should appreciate any male attention they get – the myth.
  3. The discussion around her relationship with her dad – so relatable to my mom.

I love the idea of talking about body liberation instead of body love. Jes explains her reasoning about not always having to love or body but to liberate it from the concept of a limited vision of beauty that has been imposed by society. Love is individual, but liberation is political and systemic.

As a result of my increased self-confidence, I have without a doubt, attracted more men as a plus size woman than I ever did as a thin model. Men love my body the way it is now as well. We need to stop perpetuating the myth that fat women aren’t attractive to straight men because we are. In fact, BBW is still the most commonly searched term on all porn websites. But really, who cares what men think? 😉

I’ve written before about how my mother influenced my poor body image with her constant dieting, working out only to lose weight, & fat shaming comments about herself. Those comments indirectly shamed me as I was already her size & sharing clothes, however, there were also direct comments about laziness just as Jes expresses.

Jes Baker’s book “Landwhale” is scheduled to be released next month, in May 2018 & I highly recommend that you purchase & then read it as soon as you can get your hands on it. Enjoy!

 

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As I mentioned above, this book was sent to me at no cost as part of our arrangement in exchange for my honest review and blog post. 

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