Who? What? Why Fatness Fiction?
Growing up as a child I encountered many events that reminded me I was never good enough due to my larger exterior. I was told I was cute, but not cute enough to date. I was told I could be a star, long as I kept my eyes off of Hollywood. Imagine hearing that and never seeing people, especially “big people” on television screens? The few times big people were casted, they were always portrayed as “stupid”, “melancholy”, “loud”, “lazy”, “smelly”, “the funny one” or super active in gluttony. Nothing about those characteristics resonated with me. They probably did not resonate with a lot of people.
The first time I saw a “plus size” person on television I lit up with joy thinking that we had a chance to be recognized as “normal” people. As I grew older and watched the perceptions of the media around the topic of fat people, I realized that I still had to find a way to be invisible when the world makes us hypervisable. This is typically done in a negative way. We tend to become the butt of a bad joke. Instead to trying to force the world to change its ideas about me and others, I decided to tell my story and be happy that I created a space to be transparent. If they judge me after that, oh well.
Join me on this journey of Fatness Fiction and embracing our +Plus Size Magic!