Resources for People of Size

If you’re look­ing for any­thing relat­ed to size accep­tance, you need to read the great lists that Stef Jones maintains.

I fig­ure that every­body knows about the big stores for plus-sized men and women, so I won’t both­er to men­tion them. I don’t know if every­body has found stores like Holy Cloth­ing, who make com­fy clothes in a huge range of size that feel won­der­ful and fit very nice­ly. (My sole gripe: I’ve only found one style that has pock­ets! Give me pock­ets, peo­ple!) They’re prob­a­bly list­ed on most of the FAQs, but I’ve had such a love­ly expe­ri­ence with their clothes that I had to men­tion them.

I don’t know if this site is in the FAQs. While I was preg­nant I found it even more dif­fi­cult than usu­al to find nice clothes, because many mater­ni­ty stores did­n’t car­ry plus sizes. I wish I’d had access to the Plus-Size Preg­nan­cy web site back then!

In Print

I tru­ly enjoyed Lynne Mur­ray’s mys­tery books fea­tur­ing plus-sized hero­ine Jo Fuller, Larg­er Than Death, Large Tar­get, At Large, and A Ton of Trou­ble. While I have been prac­tic­ing size accep­tance for many years now, Jo Fuller is the first fic­tion­al char­ac­ter I’ve encoun­tered who tru­ly does the same. The dia­logue between the Jo and all the peo­ple push­ing diets at her real­ly rang true for me.

Cover of Such a Pretty Face by Doug BeekmanShort­ly after read­ing Mur­ray’s books, I ran across Such a Pret­ty Face while brows­ing the shelves of the Sci­ence Fic­tion & Mys­tery Book­shop in Atlanta. Doug Beek­man’s cov­er caught my atten­tion immediately—it’s beau­ti­ful! Then I saw that it was edit­ed by Lee Mar­tin­dale, some­one I remem­bered encoun­ter­ing (and respect­ing) in the size accep­tance news­groups. At that point I prob­a­bly would have bought it no mat­ter what, but the theme of the anthol­o­gy cinched it—every sto­ry fea­tures a per­son of size. I fin­ished it with­in 48 hours of get­ting it, and it was won­der­ful. As usu­al with any anthol­o­gy, I enjoyed some pieces more than oth­ers. I think Demon Bone by Tere­sa Noelle Roberts had to be my favorite sto­ry. The poem Fat Is Not A Fairy Tale by Jane Yolen and Eliz­a­beth Ann Scar­bor­ough’s tale Worse Than The Curse were awful­ly good, though. Paula L. Flem­ing’s Poly­for­mus Per­fec­tus left me wish­ing it were the begin­ning of a nov­el rather than a short story.

One of the rea­sons I kept putting off updat­ing this sec­tion of my site is that I just did­n’t want to remove the para­graph about Radi­ance, which was one of my very favorite pub­li­ca­tions ever. I’m still ter­ri­bly dis­ap­point­ed about it going out of busi­ness, and I know it was­n’t my fault because I sub­scribed from almost the very moment I learned of its exis­tence and bought sub­scrip­tions for a few oth­er peo­ple. It cov­ered so much more than fash­ion! One of the many delight­ful things about Charis Books was that they could always be count­ed on to have copies of Radi­ance (at least until they were sold out).

Charis still car­ries New Moon which isn’t specif­i­cal­ly a pub­li­ca­tion about size accep­tance, but does encour­ag­ing girls to devel­op pos­i­tive, healthy body images is one of the things they do. Our girls loved the mag­a­zine until they out­grew it. I’m look­ing for­ward to buy­ing a sub­scrip­tion for my grand­daugh­ter as soon as she’s old enough for it.

Final­ly, I absolute­ly love the Bar­bar­ian Guide to Diet and Exer­cise.

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