You Have the Right To Remain Fat

136p. notes. Feminist Pr. Aug. 2018. pap. $14.95. ISBN 9781936932313.
OrangeReviewStarAuthor, activist, and self-proclaimed fat feminist Tovar states unapologetically that we should embrace all bodies and that our cultural obsession with dieting and thinness must stop. She recalls the time a male kindergarten classmate sneered that she was fat and how she spent her formative years trying to shrink her body. A cycle of starvation and weight gain ensued until an epiphany struck. The problem was not her body—it was that society groomed her to view it negatively. The author flexes her scholarly muscles, coherently explaining fatphobia and diet culture, holding accountable white supremacy and misogyny, and conveying a much-needed message that many teens haven't yet heard.
VERDICT An important, no-nonsense voice for self-acceptance that will resonate with most readers, especially those grappling with body image issues.

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