Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, & Fashion

 “When you’re a fatty, eating a cupcake in public is a radical act. When you’re a fatty, wearing a short skirt or a tight dress is revolutionary. When you live in this world, loving your round, flabby body is avant-garde.” (176)

  This past March I attended a Sister Spit event in Vancouver. The group is made of poets, novelists, feminists, and queer activists who load into a van and haul themselves across Canada and the US to spread their work. One of the women featured in the event was Virgie Tovar, a brilliant woman who has used her sharp wit and life experience as a full-figured female to put together a fat-positive anthology.  Continue reading

Romance or Abuse?

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Showcase is nearly finished its first season of the T.V series adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander”. Both my older sister and my mom read the series when I was younger and had suggested that I might enjoy it, despite the scenes my mom thought might be too racy for a fourteen-year old. At that point in my reading career, I was voraciously devouring every fantasy novel I could get my hands on. Being a romance novel sans dragons, I was uninterested until just last year when a friend of mine recommended it. While I still enjoy the occasional escape into dragon-lore and fantasy, this type of romance/historical fiction/fantasy is now more compelling.  Continue reading

Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships

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Another book by Seal Press, Lynn Fairweather’s first book “Stop Signs” is a must-read for all women. It is clear from her work on domestic violence cases, combined with her bachelor degree in social science and masters in social work, that Fairweather is not only passionate about helping women who suffer from abuse, but that she has extensive knowledge and skills to do so.

Her book is thoughtfully laid out like a road map for women, providing them with all the tools and information they need to navigate an abusive relationship and to safely find their way out.  Continue reading

Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse

An Outstanding Advocate for Young Women’s Healing


Invisible Girls

I cannot praise Dr. Patti Feuereisen’s book “Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse” enough, nor do I have the words to properly convey the profound respect I have for Dr. Feuereisen’s life legacy. She has a master’s degree in creative arts therapy as well as a doctorate in psychology, and uses her credentials to help young girls who have suffered rape, incest, and other types of sexual abuse. Her website, girlthrive.com, is a medium through which young girls can post letters to Feuereisen about their abuse and she will respond. Her academic knowledge, her experience as a psychotherapist, combined with her nurturing, supportive, and empathetic character, make her a powerful ally and listener.

Invisible Girls interweaves Dr. Feuereisen’s research and findings on sexual abuse with first-hand accounts of sexual abuse from survivors. This method of structuring a piece of non-fiction allows readers to read the cold facts of sexual abuse, and then to compare them to the real life stories of girls who have undergone these emotional traumas. Continue reading