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Ire Lesley Kinzeltells stories gives advice and challenges stereotypes about being and feeling fat Kinzel says no to diet fads and pills shows by example how to stop hating your body celebrates self acceptance at any size and urges you to finally accept the truth your body is not a tragedyLesley Ki Maybe my expectations for this book were too high but the lack of narrative arc and lack of chaptersection divisions didn't work for me The writing of course is amazing if somewhat lacking in the snark level I've come to love from Lesley's blogging It's just a little too disjointed and unfocused as a book for me

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Two Whole Cakes How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

In the age of The Biggest Loser and the “war on obesity” we’re pressured to conform to certain body standards at any cost Sure everyone should eat right and get exercise but what if you do that and you still don’t fit into the clothes at the mall? In Two Whole Cakes Fatshionista extraordina Yes Just yes If you like me have ever looked at a fat person thought Why can't they just eat less? you need to read this book If you like me have ever looked in the mirror thought Why am I so fat gross? you need to read this book Will I look at a fat person ever again wonder why they can't just lose some weight? No I will not Will I feel ashamed about the wobbly skin that's still around my middle from my pregnancy? No I will not When I tell someone I've read this book almost to a one they have replied thus Oh yeah totally of course some people are just fat I get that But there's this one person I know who is fat because they eat nothing but cake or is fat because they are lazy slobs who deserve derision I am no longer interested in hearing about the one person you know or even thinking about the one person I may know Everyone I've ever looked with that derision I am sorry for ever thinking it was my business to ponder your life or or your fat or your circumstances or your habits because it's not Bijoux en origami know who is fat because they eat nothing but cake or is fat because they are lazy slobs who deserve derision I am no longer interested in hearing about the one person you Hookup Master (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, know or even thinking about the one person I may Dance Band on the Titanic know Everyone I've ever looked with that derision I am sorry for ever thinking it was my business to ponder your life or or your fat or your circumstances or your habits because it's not

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Nzel who co founded the blog Fatshionista is an online celebrity in the communities of size acceptance fashion and women’s issues She has her own blog on body politics in the media Two Whole Cakes is an associate editor at xoJane and has become the go to fatty for all things fashion and pop cultu Having recently been spending time than usual considering my weight for reasons legitimate potential future health complications and not so legitimate nasty comment made to me about it this book came along at the perfect time The book is author Lesley Kinzel’s personal reflections on growing up and living today as a fat woman as well as her thoughts on how ridiculous and unjustified the whole fear of fat is in our culture This thought was captured in her title which makes reference to the idea that people think fat people will sit down and inhale two whole cakes at a sitting you know because that’s what they do I wouldn’t say any of her writing was revolutionary for me personally but then I have a pretty highly developed feminist consciousness Reading this book was in many ways a relief; it reaffirmed just why I should not spend hours and hours obsessing over how I look I would definitely recommend it to women young and old who are suffering due to our society’s psycho ideas about what is acceptable as Kinzel writes “Your body is not a tragedy” and will likely procure a copy for use with students in my someday women’s issues discussion group


10 thoughts on “Two Whole Cakes How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

  1. says:

    Yes Just yes If you like me have ever looked at a fat person thought Why can't they just eat less? you need to read this book If you like me have ever looked in the mirror thought Why am I so fat gross? you need to read this book Will I look at a fat person ever again wonder why they can't just lose some weight? No I will not Will I feel ashamed about the wobbly skin that's still around my middle from my pregnancy? No I will not When I tell someone I've read this book almost to a one they have replied thus Oh yeah totally of course some people are just fat I get that But there's this one person I know who is fat because they eat nothing but cake or is fat because they are lazy slobs who deserve derision I am no longer interested in hearing about the one person you know or even thinking about the one person I may know Everyone I've ever looked with that derision I am sorry for ever thinking it was my business to ponder your life or or your fat or your circumstances or your habits because it's not


  2. says:

    I like Lesley I always read her pieces at XOJane because every time without fault they are interesting well written and informative In fact she is the reason I found out about XOJane in the first place She is one of those people who exist on the Internet because like I live in Greece guys but who with their presence have made me feel better about myself and generally made me happierSo yeah when my favorite fat blogger publishes a book about body acceptance you bet your ass I'm going to support it And I do not only support it because of the author but because we NEED books like this in the culture we live in We need positive messages that do not carry commercial and oppressive baggages we have enough of those oppressing books thank you very muchTwo Whole Cakes was pretty close to what I expected Lot's of personal experiences that will make your heart race and may trigger some of your own a fun writing style some feminist theory and body positivity to the maxAs Lesley elouently puts it Your body is not a tragedyWhat I really liked that Lesley briefly mentions in the first chapters but unfortunately doesn't expand upon is that every time we hear about a fat person talking about body acceptance and happiness we instantly distance ourselves and devise some reason so as to make what they say inapplicable to us She's thinner than me so of course it's easy for her to advocate fat acceptance or she's fatter than me so she's given upis desperate to see it that way or well yeah but she can do that random thing while I can't so what she says doesn't apply to me and so onWe constantly seek out excuses for us not to be happy because we are made to believe that we are inherently at fault for everything that is what others define as wrong with our body I think this is why Leslie gives full disclosure in the beginning Yes she gives us the terribly dreaded NUMBERS weight height Not only does she do that but she also talks about her experiences while growing up and gaining weight so we end up with a book that talks about body acceptance with experiences from bodies from size 16 to 26 I firmly believe that she does that in order to crush that default mechanism of she wouldn't know she's not as big as I am she's too fat she doesn't know how it is for smaller fattiesThankfully she also talks a great deal about this constant sense of guilt but to be honest this is a subject that needs to have it's own bibliographyYou don't have to be a fat woman to identify with some of Lesleys' experiences We live in a fat shaming and body shaming world and I believe that most if not all of us have experienced guilt internalized fat shaming and body shaming and harassment from friends family and even strangersNow let us talk about what is wrong with Two Whole CakesThe main problem of this little book is that it lacks structure It's like a compilation of small articles and less like a coherent book even though there has been some effort to short some of the stories chronologically so as to be able to reference them later on And while I really do enjoy Lesleys' writing and storytelling it was hard for me to understand what she wants to talk about and if she has a specific point in mind she wants to make we jump from The Biggest Looser and the abusive Gillian Michaels to a story about an annoying classmate Unfortunately this doesn't only happen from chapter to chapter but also within some of the chapters themselvesI feel that this is because she tries to talk about everything Fat acceptance her own experiences consumer culture the dieting industry fashion eating guilt feminism and intersectional feminism being harassed etc which is a tough if not impossible thing to do in a 163 page book It's a bit disorienting and since it doesn't focus on anything for than 10 15 pages it's tough to even say who this book is for As an intersectional body positive fat acceptance feminist I cannot say that this book offered me much despite a pleasant time and a warm feeling while reading some parts that reminded me of my own experiences I think it might be a good intro for someone who doesn't know about fat acceptance but I'm not so certain that she gets the point across since some things aren't given the pages they need for a neewbie to understand what this is all aboutMy other objection is about the title How to stop As another reviewer mentioned this is not a how to book and not even a self help one well at least with the conventional use of that genre It's a pity because this might drive people off people who need to read this since how to books are considered very low brow and I have to admit that I feel like it's cheating those who picked it up because they wanted a how to book because this is certainly not it well maybe that cheating will prove to be for the best but stillLastly let us talk about the tragedy that is the cover Oh the cover I literally hate it It's a complete hit miss and in fact it's one of the reasons I delayed purchasing it for so long I found it so off putting that every time I went to bookdepository with the intention of buying it I ended up getting some other fat acceptance book usually one with a happy cover like Hot Heavy Fierce Fat Girls on Life Love Fashion I know it's a silly thing to say but I couldn't bring myself to buy a book with two sad and badly decorated space cakes on the cover Seriously have you seen the white one? Look closely It looks like it's been licked by an alien Creepy shiny lumps of a strange white thing with a sad little biscuit on top And don't even get me started on the brown one because I will get all 2girls1cup on you and it will be bad for everyoneMaybe I am a perfectionist but if you're going to put cakes on the cover of a book better choose some good looking ones and place them in a background that doesn't resemble the night sky It's looking seriously depressing and it's a fat acceptance book for crying out loud It should have a bright happy cover that reflects the content and the beautiful ideas of self love it expresses It's not like there's a shortage of beautiful cakes with bright colors and nice minimal decorations You see that I am kind enough to not mention the terrible gradient and font of the titleOh wait I just did


  3. says:

    I feel like the whole book can be summed up by Lesley's motto Your body is not a tragedy I was pretty familiar with Lesley's work from her blog and XOJane so a lot of the book was familiar territory But for people not as familiar with her work it's a great primer on how to accept all bodies Even with the knowledge of some of the stories like the titular Two Whole Cakes episode it was still a really fun great read I got through the whole book in one day if that gives any idea how much I liked it


  4. says:

    Maybe my expectations for this book were too high but the lack of narrative arc and lack of chaptersection divisions didn't work for me The writing of course is amazing if somewhat lacking in the snark level I've come to love from Lesley's blogging It's just a little too disjointed and unfocused as a book for me


  5. says:

    There was one thing that I did not like about this book and while I feel it’s a little bit inappropriate to open a four star review with that sentence I feel it needs to be done as my issue is with the title Well I suppose rather with the subtitle “How to stop dieting and love your body” This is not a how to book in any sense I suppose the title might be for marketing purposes although it seems strange that it has such an upbeat self helpy title considering that it is even put out by “Feminist Press of CUNY” Even if it were called “How I stopped dieting and learned to love my body” or “one woman’s journey” wow that sounds a little hokey probably why I’m not in the publishing business Either way I think it’s slightly misleading as to the content So what is the content? It’s essentially an awesome manifesto about fat and how there’s nothing wrong with it and how other people’s fat is none of your business anyways The amazing thing about this book is that at no point did I feel alienated as a “thinner” if slightly overweight person This is in fact one of the reasons I feel like it’s not just a self help book; women are judgmental of ourselves and each other and I think every woman would benefit from this book to be kinder to both herself as well as her peers of every shape and size Kinzel also has such fresh insight on dieting – I’d read other books such as “Lessons from the fat o sphere” that delve into the issues of how dieting doesn’t work but Kinzel herself details some of the specific ways that her own body essentially fought against her for her own dieting A really enlightening uick read


  6. says:

    I would give it 5 stars for the concept but am only give 4 because there was a lot of redundancy in the writing That aside the basic concept of the book is that women particularly are conditioned from an early age to hyperfocus on the appearance of our bodies not only to the distraction of the function of our bodies but to the detriment of our social and emotional health as well Why do we not appreciate the bodies we have for all they enable us to do rather than the vast majority of us being constantly aware of how our bodies and therefore our selves are getting in our way of everything from being happy to being loved to deserving respect One of the concepts that will stick with me is that women have no OBLIGATION to be beautiful Sure the concept of beautiful at any size is nice but ultimately beauty is but one of the many characteristics of people and should not be the first only or necessary criterion by which a woman is judged We are all worthy and deserve respect by the mere fact of our existence Sadly society does not reflect this


  7. says:

    Having recently been spending time than usual considering my weight for reasons legitimate potential future health complications and not so legitimate nasty comment made to me about it this book came along at the perfect time The book is author Lesley Kinzel’s personal reflections on growing up and living today as a fat woman as well as her thoughts on how ridiculous and unjustified the whole fear of fat is in our culture This thought was captured in her title which makes reference to the idea that people think fat people will sit down and inhale two whole cakes at a sitting you know because that’s what they do I wouldn’t say any of her writing was revolutionary for me personally but then I have a pretty highly developed feminist consciousness Reading this book was in many ways a relief; it reaffirmed just why I should not spend hours and hours obsessing over how I look I would definitely recommend it to women young and old who are suffering due to our society’s psycho ideas about what is acceptable as Kinzel writes “Your body is not a tragedy” and will likely procure a copy for use with students in my someday women’s issues discussion group


  8. says:

    It was interesting to read something that was so long that lacked any breaks but I think it worked Topics flowed into one another nicely


  9. says:

    I appreciate that the author didn't just talk about what fat people can do to love themselves but so shared the message that Everyone deserves respect and justice no matter what they look like and that you have every right to be happy with yourself on your terms with no need to apologize for your happiness to anyone


  10. says:

    An absolute delight with plenty of food for thought and a good chuckle or three along the way Consistent with Lesley's earlier writing online Clear palatable and no bullshit Lesley smashes the dominant paradigm with this very reader friendly book


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