You Have the Right to Remain Fat

You Have the Right to Remain Fat

eBook - 2018
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Growing up as a fat girl, Virgie Tovar believed that her body was something to be fixed. But after two decades of dieting and constant guilt, she was over it?and gave herself the freedom to trust her own body again. Ever since, she's been helping others to do the same. Tovar is hungry for a world where bodies are valued equally, food is free from moral judgment, and you can jiggle through life with respect. In concise and candid language, she delves into unlearning fatphobia, dismantling sexist notions of fashion, and how to reject diet culture's greatest lie: that fat people need to wait before beginning their best lives.
Publisher: [United States] :, The Feminist Press at CUNY,, 2018
ISBN: 9781936932320
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Aug 12, 2020

This book changed my mind about the harmful effects of fat-phobia. I still have some questions--she doesn't explore the legitimate reasons people eat intentional diets and how to incorporate that into fat liberation, for example--but I'm on board with the project and I experienced it as a powerful corrective to the ignorance I had of my body-type privilege. I'm inspired to find the ways I subtly perpetuate a negative "diet-culture" and I vow to do better to spread love and inclusion to everyone!

Jun 11, 2020

Heck yeah!

Dec 10, 2019

A lot of good writing and theory on why society discriminates against overweight people.
I wish she wasn't so dismissive of the "body acceptance" movement (vs. fat activism).

Jul 15, 2019

Very interesting thoughts, and experiences. I mad it more than halfway, then it seemed a little more extreme than I wanted, so I stopped.

VaughanPLAlison Jan 14, 2019

This was quite an eye opener. It'll make you mad as you read it, and maybe feel a little powerless in this current society, but it was important to read and a lot of excellent points were made. Just looking at diet culture from a feminist perspective and what it really tells women is important to know. I would recommend a look, especially if you've been on the diet train before.

Nov 20, 2018

This was an amazing read! It was very quick, you could do it in one day, but it was very eye opening.

liljables Oct 09, 2018

The title of Virgie Tovar’s manifesto may shock you. You might find yourself coming up with caveats to the statement in your head. It’s a testament to our diet-obsessed culture that most of us can’t accept this premise at face-value. But in just over 100 pages, Tovar will help you to believe. She’ll share her decades-long fight with her body (sound familiar?), during which she put off living her life - falling in love, having fun, eating delicious food, wearing beautiful clothes - until she looked a certain, unattainable way.

When the author decided to stop dieting, she wasn't giving up or letting herself go: she was liberating herself from the arbitrary standards set by our fatphobic society. To quote: "My life wouldn't be easier if I were thin. My life would be easier if this culture wasn't obsessed with oppressing me because I'm fat. The solution to a problem like bigotry is not to do everything in our power to accommodate the bigotry. It is to get rid of the bigotry."

Tovar isn’t just a happy fat woman. She’s also a leading expert on fat discrimination, fatphobia, and body image; her expertise means this book is not only deeply personal, but deeply political. The author shares her experience as a fat, female, person of colour from a poor family, and how those identities intersect (if you're not familiar with intersectionality, stop reading this and look it it up!). She succinctly explains how fatphobia is a form of bigotry that has turned the word "fat" into a moral indictment rather than a simple descriptor.

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