“Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body” by Lesley Kinzel

I have come a bit late to Kinzel’s excellent book/memoir/manifesto. Perhaps because I was a little put off by the title, which frankly makes me cringe. Perhaps because I have read so many books urging me to ‘love my body, get off the dieting roller coaster, transform my life’.

However – ignore the misleading title.

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Love Your Body

Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

Kinzel writes astutely and movingly and soon you are caught up in her thoughts and musings on fat acceptance, body politics, a lifetime ‘wasted’ dieting as well as the importance of fashionable clothes. Unlike some others, I didn’t feel it was intrinsically a feminist perspective – more a human call to action that we should accept all bodies.

Currently Deputy Editor of online women’s magazine xoJane, Kinzel founded ‘Fatshionista’ and then went on to post her ‘sociological and political views’ of fat via her blog, Two Whole Cakes.

Published by The Feminist Press in 2012, her book largely draws on these posts. There are no chapters (for those who like that sort of thing) and it is relatively short. But don’t let that deceive you – it packs a powerful punch.

Of course, you don’t need to have what Kinzel calls ‘death fat’ to be affected by a culture which demonises and stigmatises those whose body size is outside a cultural norm. Anyone who has suffered from poor body confidence – whatever their size – will find solace in this book. She declares:

‘Your body is …continue reading “Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body” by Lesley Kinzel

'Fattitude' - Because Every BODY Deserves Respect.

Stop Press: Fattitude, the feature-length documentary highlighting fat prejudice – and what we can do about it – is in post-production.

Lindsey (L) and Veri (R)

Lindsey (L) and Veri (R)

And – fundraising.

It’s a few months now since I posted “Fattitude Has the Right Attitude!“,my in-depth interview with Fattitude’s filmmakers Lindsey Averill and Veri Lieberman. The team have been busy working on the film, developing their new fundraising campaign and re-launching their website, www.fattitudethemovie.com.

Why donate? Because…

…the film examines how popular media perpetuates the fat hatred and fat-shaming that results in a very real cultural bias and a civil rights issue for people who are living in fat bodies…offering an alternative way of thinking. – Lindsey Averill

We desperately need to educate against this very real discrimination. A society with only one acceptable body type creates a toxic environment where eating disorders, poor self-esteem and negative body image will flourish. Not acceptable.

Wanting to see how the team were getting on, I recently I caught up with Lindsey via Skype (she in Florida, me in London). As a body image activist, academic, feminist and documentary film-maker, Lindsey is as determined as ever to get Fattitude into the public domain.

What did I learn?

  • They are seeking additional funds of $100K.
  • Post-production costs for a feature length documentary film are very high.
  • The trolls and stalkers are still lurking. The line between free speech and hate speech is a fine line.

The plan, Lindsey told me, is to bring the finished documentary in 2016 to festivals, and then on to a …continue reading ‘Fattitude’ – Because Every BODY Deserves Respect.