Fat Bottomed Girls

A Fat Positive site, focusing on women who are fat and not ashamed of it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002

I just finished reading Fat!so? by Marilynn Wann. People have been recommending this book to me for awhile now, but I thought I was already fat positive enough, and didn't think the book would have any impact on me. I was wrong. Wann writes in a casual, carefree style about issues of health, prejudice, and pride, and incites people of all sizes to love their bodies and not take any bullshit from anyone. She's my kinda fat woman!

Not only is the book a source of inspiration, it is an educational experience for anyone who might need to work through whatever lingering anti-fat thoughts they might have (um, which would be...EVERYONE.) There are a good number of testimonials and stories from fat people about the incredible amounts of teasing and torture they have endured because of their size. There is an entire section devoted to stories of fat teens who committed suicide because of the taunting of classmates. And, overriding all of that, there is this intense "fuck you all - I'm fat, and I'm not going to let you get me down" attitude.

I worry that a book like this might get overlooked by a thin person as being out of their realm and not applicable to their life. But if you know anyone who is fat (and probably especially if you don't) Fat!So? could serve as a valuable insight into the life of a fat person. You might be able to shatter some misconceptions, while you're at it. Did you know that diets fail NINETY PERCENT of the time? Shit, I knew it was futile to diet (and I'm happy to say that I have never been on a diet) but I didn't know it was that bleak. In fact, one of my favorite little factoids from the book is "Percentage of dieters who regain the weight within three years: 90. Percentage of Americans who believe in miracles: 70"

I also love the pictures of different butts, bellies, chins, and upper arms. Showing the beauty (and humanity) of bodies of all sizes.

Wann's Fat!So? site also contains lots of fat links, and a fat discussion board. There is also a zine, but I am not finding any information about current issues.