A Memoir of (my) BodyBook - 2017
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Roxane Gay refers to her body as “unruly” in her latest memoir, about her sexual assault and its impact. In particular, how she became fat as a sort of way to protect herself, a suit of armor. At 12, Gay was gang raped by a boy she trusted and his friends. Shortly after the assault, she went off ... Read More »
Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the top ten books of 2017.
Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.
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"I’ve been that girl, too big for the clothes in the store, just trying to find something, anything, that fits, while also dealing with the commentary of someone else who means well but can’t help but make pointed, insensitive comments. To be that girl in a clothing store is to be the loneliest girl in the world."
"I was a body, one requiring repair, and there are many of us in this world, living such utterly human bodies.”
It is startling to realize that even Oprah, a woman in her early sixties, a billionaire and one of the most famous women in the world, isn't happy with herself, her body. That is how pervasive damaging cultural messages about unruly bodies are -- that even as we age, no matter what material successes we achieve, we cannot be satisfied or happy unless we are also thin.
This is what girls are taught -- that we should be slender and small. We should not take up space. We should be seen and not heard, and if we are seen, we should be pleasing to men, acceptable to society. And most women know this, that we are supposed to disappear, but it's something that needs to be said, loudly, over and over again, so that we can resist surrendering to what is expected of us.
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