Body positivity! I’d say this is the main issue that the book I’m reading (Dumplin) centers around. There’s also a few social issues like bullying and the struggle to have self confidence, etc. But for now we’ll talk about the main one: body positivity.
The modern body positivity movement has it’s roots in activism of the late 1960s–though at the time, it took a slightly different form. Instead of broadly arguing that all bodies are beautiful, these activists exclusively championed the rights of one particularly denigrated group: fat people. One lady named Connie Sobczak spent years suffering from an eating disorder, and lost her sister to one. She co-founded The Body Positive organization and wrote the book Embody: Learning to Love Your Unique Body (and Quiet that Critical Voice!) so people could help themselves practice self-love each day.
This is the exact thing that Will deals with in the story. She seems to have confidence in herself but still struggles a bit because of what others say to her about her body and self. She’s a bit self-conscious. And I think the author is taking what you read about in Dumplin’ and proving that it doesn’t matter what you look like, you can be happy and get the things you want and be confident through it all. She proves all that through the character she created known as Willowdean.
So far it’s pretty good. I’m waiting for it to pick up a little bit more but I guess I am enjoying it so far. I personally don’t prefer books like this, I don’t find them all that entertaining as some other genres. I’ve only read one other book before that was issue-driven and I don’t think I even finished it because it couldn’t keep my attention. Dumplin’ on the other hand though has been pretty good and we’ll see how I feel by the end of the book.
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