In the early days of my body positive journey, finding books
that preached a message of self-acceptance was an absolute life line. Over the
years I have compiled a list of
every body positive woman should read, and will often buy copies of my favorites
to pass onto friends (Especially if they are falling down the self-loathing
rabbit hole.) Books
of self empowerment are like confidence in paper form. If I'm having a
period of feeling worn down by fat phobia, I turn to my body positivity library
of bad ass authors, to help recharge my feminist mojo.
Being a plus size woman, in a world that rewards thinness can
be extremely isolating. Constant messages from the media that your body does
not fit the societal ideal of beauty, can be difficult for even the most
confident feminist to navigate. This is where discovering fellow travelers on
the road to self-confidence, is rather magical indeed. Many light bulb moments
about my own relationship with food, weight, and appearance, have occurred after
spending a few hours with a kick ass book, by a body pos advocate. Here are 13
well thumbed titles, which boost body image at any weight, and need to be on
your book shelf.
1 'Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls' by Jes Baker
This amazing book by blogger Jes Baker, is an empowering
manifesto on “unapologetic living” as a visibly fat woman. Guest essays
covering race, mental illness, and disabilities ensure
doesn’t just include the voices of straight white women and
is genuinely inclusive. Refreshing and inspiring. Things No One Will
Tell Fat Girls Click here to buy.
2 'Health At Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight' by Linda Bacon
When fake health concerns over a woman’s weight are
continually used as a way to body shame,
has the stats to prove wellness isn’t just about
dress size. Passages from this book have served
me very well when I have been lectured by Doctor Googles muttering about
“type two diabetes” every time I eat a biscuit. Health At Every Size Click here to buy.
3 ‘The Beauty Myth: How Images Of Beauty Are Used Against Women’ by Naomi Wolf
I read this book at university and it’s fair to say it
changed my life. Unlike a lot of the earlier feminist classics,
Myth has aged quite well. There are still lots of really important ideas
about dismantling media propaganda, and how to navigate daily messages
regarding what it is to be beautiful. Click here to buy.
4 ‘Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls On Life, Love, & Fashion’ by Virgie Tovar
Virgie is one of my favorite writers in the body positive
community right now. Her blog posts and essays rock my world. Unsurprisingly
a series of essays by activists, performers, and poets, is body
pos perfection. If you are forever putting off things until you reach a certain
weight, let this book set you free. Hot
& Heavy, Click here to buy.
5 ‘Fat! So?’ by Marilyn Wann
Taking all the shame out of the F word,
debunks many medical myths about being overweight. With its mix of essays,
quizzes, and facts it’s also a great book to dip in and out of, whenever you
need a quick hit of body positivity. Fat! So? Click here to buy.
6 ‘Fat Ladies In Spaaaaace’ by Nicole Lorenz
OK this isn’t exactly a book, but as a celebration of body
positivity, the beautiful illustrations in
to beat. Relax while coloring in and smash sexist ideas of beauty at the same
time. Result. Fat Ladies In Spaaaaace Click here to buy.
7 ‘Beautiful You: A Daily Guide To Radical Self-Acceptance’ by Rosie Molinary
I adore books that set tasks and activities and
is packed with 365 ideas to
help embrace self-acceptance and body positivity. You don’t get a gold star for
completing them, just the warm fuzzy feeling that discarding self-loathing
You Click here to buy.
8 ‘Women, Food, And God’ by Geneen Roth
Having struggled with disordered eating, I really enjoyed
the spiritual aspect of
. The book places a lot of emphasis on learning the root cause
of personal body satisfaction, and exercises for inner healing. It’s like a hug
in literary form. Women, Food,
and God Click here to buy. 9 ‘Fat Chicks Rule’ by Lara Frater
This is a really fun book offering pointers on how to
survive in a “thin-centric world.” From discussing fat women in history to
recommending body positive entertainment,
illustrated and offers lots of advice on how to fight fat phobia. Fat Chicks Rule Click here to buy.
10 ‘Wild Feminine: Finding Power, Spirit & Joy In The Female Body’ by Tami Lynn Kent is a holistic take on how to love your
body. Tami Lynn Kent offers stories, visualizations, and creative
exercises to help reclaim the power of the female body. This book very
much spoke to the wild woman side of my nature. Howl at the moon ladies, we are
all imperfectly perfect. Wild Feminine Click here to buy. 11 ‘The Gifts Of Imperfection’ by Brené Brown
Containing ten guideposts,
encourages the reader to work on the mind, heart, and spirit. The core message
of this book is that everyone is worthy of love and belonging. Brené Brown is
particularly wise about how to overcome insecurities and stop striving for
perfection. As someone who has always been very self-critical, this really
resonated wit me. The Gifts Of Imperfection Click here to buy.
12 ‘Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement’ By Charlotte Cooper
If you are interested in the roots of plus size politics,
is a great read. Chronicling the body positive
movement, Charlotte Cooper discusses her own work organizing radical events such as
The Fattylympics, and highlights different ways fat prejudice has been fought
over the past four decades. Fat Activism Click here to buy. 13 13. ‘Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting And Got A Life’ by Kelsey Miller records Kelsey Millers journey from self-loathing to
self-loving and is very funny along the way. Shining a spotlight on cultural attitudes
about body image, the author shares how she managed to reprogram her attitudes
towards food and fitness. Big Girl Click here to buy.