Jes Baker gives two proud middle fingers to our culture that dictates what is valuable and beautiful. Through her blog, The Militant Baker, her book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, speaking engagements, and social media spaces, Jes has disrupted the “thin ideal” by challenging marketing of clothes, perfume, and more showing that fat bodies get to enjoy all the things thin bodies can enjoy.
Jes calls in (not calls out) the fat phobic nature of the current body positivity movement and challenges all of us to become aware of intersectionality issues around body positivity, as well as how to be an inclusive ally to the fat acceptance movement. Her 3 (not at all) easy steps: 1. Use your voice. 2. Listen 3. Improve.
We also get into a great conversation on healthism and the concept of Health at Every Size, and how knowledge doesn’t always translate into practice.
We close on how connecting to our own body and building body trust is fundamental to engaging in life. I love that she calls it “a mindful healing”.
This podcast will help you better understand the cultural issues that drive your body image issues so you can continue your personal practice of body kindness.
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Get to know Jes
Jes Baker is a blogger, speaker, author, mental health professional, cat lover, ALL CAPS user and unabashed fat chick. She is on a mission to turn our society’s concept of beauty on its oppressive head as she genuinely knows for a fact that every person in this world is worthy of respect and feeling valued regardless of their size, shape, shade, sex, ability, gender or age.
On her website The Militant Baker, she preaches the importance of body autonomy, self-love, mental health, strong coffee, and even stronger language. She also post a million outfit photos because they’re fun, political and pretty!