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”.
As a fan of yoga who also happens to be plus size & a fat activist, I am proud to display “Big Gal Yoga: Poses & Practices to Celebrate Your Body & Empower Your Life” by Valerie Sagun on one of my coffee tables. The book offers something for yogis of every size but in an activity that is usually represented by ultra thin instructors, having Valerie guide us all through the poses is refreshing. This book made me feel better about my body when most other exercise based books have made me feel worse about it. So here’s to my fully visible, yoga loving, belly rolls! Continue reading ““Big Gal Yoga” Book Review”
As a person who loves reading, it is always nice to find a story I haven’t read before and I can honestly say that I’ve never read about a character quite like Brenda Cankles of Big & Fabulous. In my experience, when fat women are included in fictional books they aren’t the main character and their story is often centered around their desire to lose weight. Brenda is not such a character and that alone made her story very compelling. As a plus size lead character she is given the agency to direct the story and narrate it. It is especially nice to read about a plus size woman who not only has no desire to diet but who also loves her body as it is and always has. Compared to many of our other current pop culture examples who are obsessed with weight loss or even contracted into losing a certain number of pounds, I’d say it is very refreshing and much more fat positive. In fact, I’ve got some specific and very timely comparisons for you below.
The Feminist Activity Book is the perfect self-care solution to spending a day filtering through comments on your recent activist blog post. Colour away your frustrations with cishet men who insist on mansplaining your field of work to you. Design some impractical and maybe even painful condoms for those online misogynists and cyber bullies who make being a marginalized person with the internet particularly infuriating. Add songs to your very own feminist playlist, complete with some kickass inspiration to get your dance party started. Riddles, bingo, word searches, and conversation starter cards are all featured in this book, making it the perfect companion for any intersectional feminist. That’s why I am so excited to be able to give away one copy of The Feminist Activity Book and two others from Seal Press in my blog-anniversary contest that launched this week. Continue reading ““The Feminist Activity Book” Review”
It’s been one year since I started the Body Positive Babe blog on January 6th, 2016. Interesting in that 6 is my favourite number and yet I just realized this coincidence now as I typed out the full date. Also, a pretty cool coincidence is the fact that this is my 100th blog post, a double celebration! So I thought, especially as it is also a new calendar year, it would be a good time to reflect on all I have accomplished. 2016 was the year I created and launched my own blog, but also my very own signature scent! Plus I have all the details on a huge giveaway valued at over $500 total, you don’t want to miss this opportunity. Continue reading “One Year Later: A Blogger’s First Year In Review”
Thank goodness for audio books! Not only do they make books all the more accessible to people with different abilities but they also make it easy to squeeze in a whole book while driving from family to friends to family again over the holiday season. I simply wouldn’t have had the time to read the entire book Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls yet if it didn’t come in its very own audio version perfect for listening to in the car. The best part is, it is actually read to you by Jes Baker herself. I love when the author is also the narrator, especially when the book has memoir like aspects to it as this one does. Continue reading ““Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls” Book Review”
The second I opened the cover of the book Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance by Rosie Molinary I completely fell in love. The premise of the book is what got me totally hooked, it is designed to be read one page a day. A way for you to ensure you keep at least one body positive message in your life per day by reading a simple passage. The 2nd edition launches on December 20th. Trust me when I say, this book is for everyone who believes in radical self-love, from those who desperately want to start their journey to those educating the rest of us on how to get there. Continue reading ““Beautiful You” Book Review”
“Who would I be if I lived in a world that didn’t hate women?” Wow. What a poignant question. It was taken from the inside cover of Jessica Valenti’s new book Sex Object which I just finished reading and had to tell you about. I have never thought about the impact of misogyny in exactly that way, but similar ideas have certainly crossed my mind before. What would it be like to live in a world without sexism? Where would you go if the fear of violence against women no longer prevented you from travelling? How would it feel to actually be safe on a first date? Why do these questions strike me as so completely ridiculous and unachievable? When will things change? Continue reading ““Sex Object” Book Review”
I want to write the book that I needed 10 years ago. I want to write the book that could have easily saved me years of struggling through recovery from both a sexual assault and anorexia. I want to write the book that could do that for someone else. It is not that I wasn’t already anorexic when I was sexually assaulted, but it is that the violence fuelled my disorder. Rape made me feel like I had no control over my body, whereas anorexia and bulimia made me believe that I had complete control over my body. It is a such a common phenomenon and I want to find the women whose experience is similar to my own. Actually, I want to find people who have had the same experience as me, people who have survived both sexual violence (either assault or abuse, as an adult and/or as a child) and an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, etc). Are you that person? Or maybe you have a best friend, sister or colleague who can relate? I’d love to hear from you at MsLindsayM@gmail.com to discuss the possibility of joining me in creating an anthology of stories from people like us. For more information, please contact me with a bit of your story and links to your writing online. No experience required but submissions will be accepted based on their content and style. Continue reading “Body Positive Babes & Survivors”
Wow! Kelsey Miller wrote a truly revolutionary book when she penned “Big Girl; How I gave up dieting & got a life”. This book is honest, engaging and completely eye opening. By the end of the book, I saw patterns in myself that I never expected to be confronted with upon starting to read it. I knew this book was going to talk about food, specifically, our relationship with food as women in a diet-obsessed culture. I had no idea Kelsey would have me addressing my relationship with my mother and her relationship with alcohol, by sharing her own similar story in the book. Finally, I was shocked to see that not only was I not alone in my need to constantly be distracted, but that maybe it was more problematic than I had previously believed. I highly recommend this book to everyone, but something tells me it will most speak to women because as Ms. Miller writes, “I’ve never read a male celebrity profile that opens with a line about how pleasantly surprising it is that he ordered whole milk in his latte.” It may be getting worse for men but our society has traditionally targetted women with its sexist, misogynistic and extremely narrow definition of beauty. Continue reading ““Big Girl” Book Review”