Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mid-Week Reads: Fat, Female Politicians, and Fatherhood

Read this beautiful, poignant personal essay on body image and fat hatred.
‘‘You’re not fat,’’ I said earnestly and innocently, and you replied, ‘‘Yes I am, darling. I’ve always been fat; even as a child.’’

In the days that followed I had some painful revelations that have shaped my whole life. I learned that:

1. You must be fat because mothers don’t lie.
2. Fat is ugly and horrible.
3. When I grow up I’ll look like you and therefore I will be fat, ugly, and horrible too.
A powerful account of the misogyny targeted against Julia Gillard, and a tribute to the legacy she leaves behind. A 4-year-old girl, told that Australia had a new prime minister, said: “Really? What’s her name?” (via Aneela)

Also read this moving account of a father's parental leave.

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