Previously today I noted on Facebook that Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly was 301,927 as liste by Amazon and, also as listed by Amazon, #94 in the category of "Women's Personal Growth."
Cool, I thought. I love these categories they assign. Some are rather questionable - like "Dystopian novel" for FatLand. Goodness, FatLand is "Utopian" more than anything, but some not-very-fat-accepting person's review branded it a "Dystopia" permanently, it seems.
But this one makes me smile. I approve it tremendously."Women's Personal Growth." I know they are referring to inner and spiritual growth, not size :P
The journey from feeling as if you are not worthy as a woman because of your size to feeling that your size is part of you, and you are a person, a woman who has things to do and feelings to feel and her way to go through the universe approving and approved of for what she is and what she gives and how she bestows her special and unique attributes.
The journey from feeling that you are stigmatized, unwelcome at any place, silenced, peculiar, an anomaly to feeling that you are welcomed, sought after, voiced, just fine, a most essential part of your family, street, city, nation, world.
The journey from feeling that your talents are useless to feeling that they are very worthy and even miraculous and super super useful.
The journey from feeling that your build and parts are ugly to feeling that they are lovely and even hot.
The journey from feeling that you are sick by the very nature of your size to feeling that you are healthy when health is defined as how one feels instead of a size and numbers.
The journey from feeling that you are not equal to the slimmer people in the room to feeling that you are mor than their equal.
Yes, that Women's Personal Growth category seems to embrace much of what we have been striving for. For once, Amazon, you got us right, and in the process, affirmed what we are and what we are becoming.
For this, thanks.