I wanted to read this book, because I hated the title. It offended me that anyone would refer to a fat person as a landwhale, let alone that it would be a name that the author would use for herself (maybe to remove its power). I wanted to know what was between the pages. Kindle: Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass
Jes Baker is an internationally known, and vehemently outspoken body positivity advocate. She is a self-proclaimed hardcore badass. Landwhale: On Turning Insults Into Nicknames, Why Body Image Is Hard, and How Diets Can Kiss My Ass is her memoir.
There is no softening or political correctness in this book. Fat is fat. Baker tells it like it is. Brutally honest, intense, and often difficult to read, Landwhale is an eye-opener. It is about much more than weight.
Baker tackles topics such as six ways to hate your body, clothing choices, relationships, fat sex, discrimination, persecution, nonacceptance, and the illusion of the bulletproof fatty. Also included are wonderful stories of adventure and resilience, and a community of support and role models. She covers how being fat politically challenges society’s norms and expectations of perfection, and ends Landwhale with six ways to love your body.
A disturbing theme that recurs is how fat-shaming members of society deny fat people’s simple “right to live”. Targeted and scathing judgements are daily experiences that undermine self esteem and perpetuate nonacceptance of others and self, and the “we and they” mentality.
One one hand, her pain is palpable. One the other, her living life to the fullest, her sense of adventure and dedication to the cause are amazing!
Certain that everyone can relate to at least some things Baker says, I recommend Landwhale for those fat, thin or anything in between. Not for the faint of heart, it is a statement to the damage we can do to each other as human beings, and a compelling reason to love ourselves and others and break the cycle. I finished the book with a greater sense of compassion and understanding. (I still hate the title, but something tame would not have caught my attention.)