Are you tired of being told you’re not good enough because of your size?
Are you tired of being made to feel you have to apologize all the time because your body doesn’t conform to the media’s narrow and unachievable ideal of beauty?
Are you tired of hating your body?
Then, fat, slim, or in between, this book is for you.
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is written by body positive activist Jess Baker. She’s the kick-ass gal who challenges big CEOs and uses photography to celebrate female beauty, in all its shapes and sizes.
Now, she’s written a book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, that encourages women to challenge the ingrained notion that society has instilled in us since birth: the idea that only one type of body (thin but with curves) is beautiful, acceptable, and worthy of love.
Even though we know this ideal is impossible to achieve, that models and celerities have an army of stylists and makeup artists that helps them look flawless, and that their pictures are all retouched anyway, this harmful message is so pervasive, it affects every aspect of our lives.
It can ruin our relationship with our significant other, spoil our sex life, prevent us from pursuing our dreams and enjoy life to the full. It can even bring about mental illnesses.
In her book, Baker and her contributors, such as Virgie Tovar, tackle sizeism, ableism, classism, mental health, and much more. They provide powerful insights that help us understand how we got into this mess, and how we can challenge the harmful myths, lies, and stereotypes that are making us feel inadequate.
Its most powerful message? You can. It doesn’t matter how much you weight or what size you are, you can. You can wear a bikini. You can have a healthy pregnancy. You can find true love with someone who loves and worships your body just the way it is. You can get the job of your dreams. You can do whatever you set your mind to.
Your body doesn’t limit you. Your mind and your beliefs do. That’s why it’s so important to read books like this, that tell us a few hard-to-hear, but much-needed, home truths. And who can do that better than a friend?
Reading this book feels like talking to a friend. Baker’s style is very conversational, raw, at times funny, at others scathing. There’s also a lot of swearing. Usually, that’s something that bothers me a lot, but here, it was somehow appropriate. Like we say in Italy, quando ce vo’ ce vo’ (when it’s needed, it’s needed).
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is the best book on body love and body positivity I’ve read so far. It’s informative, entertaining, insightful, challenging, emotional, inspirational, and life-changing. Pick up a copy.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Positive and inspirational message; Full of easy-to-implement tips; Entertaining and insightful, feels like talking to a friend who’s telling you some home truths.
Cons: Lots of swearing.
Summary: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls inspires women of all sizes to challenge the narrow and unachievable ideal of beauty the media feeds us, so they can live life to the full. Informative and entertaining, you feel like you’re talking to a friend.
Price & Availability: $12.50 at Amazon.