Jes Baker burst onto the body positivity scene when she created her own ads mocking Abercrombie & Fitch for discriminating against all body types -- a move that landed her on the Today Show and garnered a loyal following for her raw, honest, and attitude-filled blog missives.
Building on the manifesta power of Things, this memoir goes deeply into Jes's inner life, from growing up a fat girl to dating while fat. With material that will have readers laughing and crying along with Jes's experience, this new book is a natural fit with her irreverent, open-book style.
A deeply personal take, Landwhale is a glimpse at life as a fat woman today, but it's also a reflection of the unforgiving ways our culture still treats fatness, all with Jes's biting voice as the guide.
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About the Author
Jes is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog, The Militant Baker and for the "Attractive and Fat" campaign. Her extensive body advocacy work has continued to garner attention from hundreds of national and international media networks.
When not blogging, Jes spends her time speaking at universities, taking pictures in her underwear, writing for online publications, working with plus size clothing companies, attempting to convince her cats that they like to wear bow ties and trying to beat her best time when playing The Quiet Game. Jes's record is currently a respectable 15 seconds.
Learn more about Jes at TheMilitantBaker.com.
Table of Contents
Trigger Warnings, Disclaimers, and Other Things xi
1 This Was All Just a Big Mistake 1
2 6 Ways to Hate Your Body 13
3 I Was a Fat Kid 20
4 I Wasn't Actually a Fat Kid 32
5 The Fat Cowgirl Position 47
6 Landwhale 59
7 Things I Thought I Couldn't Do but Then Did 65
8 HAES, Hot Mics, and Other Things I Learned About the Hard Way 80
9 I've Never Owned a Body 96
10 Sick 117
11 Safety Scares the Shit Out of Me 122
12 Three Vaginas 131
13 So, Have You Ever Thought About Dieting? 147
14 Maybe I'm a Hobbit? 159
15 In Praise of Loud and Fat Women 170
16 David and Goliath 184
17 The Pros and Cons of Being Fat 209
18 American Billboard 224
19 The Bulletproof Fatty 232
20 6 Ways to Love Your Body 243
Thank You. Thank You Very Much 251