February 27 – March 3 is Body Image Warrior Week. Throughout the course of this week, you’ll read posts from an inspiring group of women who fight hard against body image oppression through their own words and work.
This afternoon, I am honored to introduce you to Kate Fridkis of Eat the Damn Cake. I was just introduced to Kate through this Body Image Warrior Week effort, and all I have to say, is where has she been my whole life? Those of you who know me well know that I am of the “eat the damn cake” vein or, more aptly, “if you aren’t going to eat the damn cake, can I please have it” vein so Kate’s piece really resonated with me. Enjoy. Just as you should cake.
I write about body image because when I was a little girl, I thought I was gorgeous. I thought that I was gorgeous because I was me.
I write about body image because women are always complimenting each other by saying, “You look like you lost weight!” and because it’s so hard to think that what you are is already enough.
I write about body image because the more I write about body image, the more letters I get from girls and women who tell me how important this topic is. I get letters from women who don’t want to go outside because they feel so unattractive and women whose mothers told them they weren’t ever going to be pretty enough and women who were told by the world that they weren’t worth as much as they actually are, and women who feel fantastic about the way they look and are so relieved. And because the more I write about body image, the better I feel, when I look in the mirror. The better I look to myself. The better I realize I am.
That’s why I write about body image.
And also, cake is just delicious. We really shouldn’t ever give it up.
Eager to learn more about who is participating in Body Image Warrior Week? Check out this list of participants.