- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Seal Press (16 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580054382
- ISBN-13: 978-1580054386
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21 cm
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Hot & Heavy Paperback – Import, 16 Oct 2012
A collection that celebrates positive body image, feeling comfortable in one's own skin, and being fabulously fine with being fat
About the Author
Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based fat activist and sexologist. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science at U.C. Berkeley, she was offered admission to the only human sexuality master's program in the U.S., housed at San Francisco State University. She completed research for her master's thesis on the subject of fat women and femininity in 2011. Tovar is a certified sex educator who has performed research for the centre for Court Innovation in New York, worked for the National Sexuality Resource centre and is currently a contributor for Good Vibrations Magazine, where she writes on the intersections of body image and sexuality. In collaboration with organizations including the GLBT Historical Society, Tovar has brought events focused on fat activism and positivity to the Bay Area in hopes of ending the official and unofficial War on Obesity.
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I'm not a sentimental, touchy-feely, let's-all-hug type of person, but this book really did inspire a lot of feelings while I was reading it. Body acceptance is a journey and not necessarily an achievable end goal. Five stars, will read again because I still need reminders that my body is beautiful.
As I made my way through the stories however they were touching and wonderful stories about not putting off your life for that goal weight to roll around and just do it now while you still can. Which I do find empowering, but for some reason it is a book you have to be in the write mood to read. The stories were varied and told the truth about how they came to acceptance with themselves and that they aren't 100% happy all the time.
Reading this book gave me something to think about, while I'm not morbidly obese I am a chubby petite girl with a relatively high muscle mass. It made me think that I really should stop putting off my life for my "goal weight" and I should start doing things that I have been putting off. I may not run out and buy a bikini and go sit out on the beach, I won't my body issues are run deep and they are powerful, but I will give myself permission to have fun, and to eat in public without shame that other people are judging what is going into my mouth.