Friday, December 4, 2015
Book Review: "Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls" by Jes Baker
The thing is, despite the title, this isn't just for females who identify themselves as fat. This book speaks to all gender identities and to all sizes. Most chapters even end with a guest essay that contributes another perspective to how to be body positive. I thought that these were a great addition to the book.
The author is also a blogger (though I need to admit that I am not familiar with her blog). She has a particularly casual and snarky tone to her writing that she has clearly honed with her blog. This tone serves to make the topics very accessible... though it felt a little over the top after a bit.
Personally, reading this has really got me thinking more about myself and how I think about my body. I don't consider myself fat, but I do know that I would feel better if I lost a few pounds. I even joined a gym a couple months ago. Getting some exercise a few times a week makes me feel good (and helps me sleep better) and lifting some weights makes me feel stronger. But I am not living a completely body positive life though. I still hate the way I look in photos that show more than my face, and I hate bathing suit shopping. So I still have some work to do. But now I feel like I have a few more tools to work with.
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls
by Jes Baker
Seal Press, 2015
Source: Purchased New