"Plus-Size: A Memoir of Pop Culture, Fatphobia, and Social Change" chronicles the rise of the body positive movement and body positivity through pop culture reviews and personal reflections. This essay collection illustrates the insidiousness of fatphobia through analyses of film, television, books, and how they affect our perceptions and treatment of others. Altogether, the essays paint a big picture of fatphobia, misogyny, misogynoir, ableism, and capitalism in American society. Furthermore, this essay collection emphasizes the potential for social change. Featuring media from the 1990s, early 2000s, 2010s, and up until today, this memoir tells a story of America's uneasy and ever-changing relationship with fat.
About the Author
Mekdela is an Ethiopian-American writer, advocate, and organizer. She is a contributor of the anthology, "Pan African Spaces: Essays on Black Transnationalism." Her work has been featured in the North England Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Pennycress Zine. She is an avid student of Feminist and Critical Race theory. Mekdela earned her MA in Social and Public Policy from the University of Leeds, where she wrote about how the media and public perception shape each other and the public policies that create our realities.