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Abner, Allison, and Linda Villarosa. Finding Our Way: The Teen Girls' Survival Guide. New York: HarperCollins, 1995. A multiracial and multicultural guide. See chapter 1, ``Good Bodies.''

Browne, Susan, et al., eds. With the Power of Each Breath: A Disabled Women's Anthology. Pittsburgh, PA: Cleis Press, 1985. Excellent collection of stories, essays, and poetry by women with disabilities.

Brown, Laura S., and Esther Rothblum, eds. Overcoming Fear of Fat. Binghamton: Harrington Park Press, 1989.

Campling, Jo, ed. Images of Ourselves: Women with Disabilities Talking. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981. In this excellent book, women with various disabilities write informatively and movingly about their lives.

Chapkis, Wendy. Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance. Boston: South End Press, 1986. Insightful analysis of the roles of sexism, racism, and classism in shaping images of beauty for women.

Cooke, Kaz. Real Gorgeous: The Truth About Body and Beauty. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996. Cartoons and humor to help us laugh about the body prisons society tries to put women in.

Cupolo, A., K. Corbette, and V. Lewis. No More Stares: A Role Model Book for Disabled Teenage Girls, 1982. Disability Rights Education Defense Fund, 2032 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.

Duffy, Yvonne. All Things Are Possible. Ann Arbor, MI: A. J. Garvin and Associates, 1981.

Edison, Laurie T., and Debbie Notkin. Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes. San Francisco: Books in Focus, 1994.

Erdman, Cheri K. Nothing to Lose: A Guide to Sane Living in a Larger Body. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1995. Has an excellent section exploring the myths and realities of body image issues.

Fine, Michelle, and Adrienne Asch, eds. Women with Disabilities: Essays in Psychology, Culture and Politics. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

Freedman, Rita. Bodylove: Learning to Like Our Looks--and Ourselves. New York: Harper & Row, 1990.

Friday, Nancy. The Power of Beauty. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Herron, Carolivia. Nappy Hair. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.

Hirschman, Jane, and Carol Munter. When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies. New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1995.

Howell, Jhana, ed. Skin Trading: Women, Complexion and Caste (forthcoming). Anthology focusing on themes of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. For information on publication write 89 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140; E-mail: [email protected]

Hutchinson, Marcia G. Transforming Body Image. Trumansburg, NY: Crossing Press, 1985.

Hyman, Jane Wegscheider, and Esther R. Rome. Sacrificing Ourselves for Love. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press, 1996. Examines how women and girls risk health and well-being in order to please others. Contains good discussions about cosmetic surgery and breast implants.

Kano, Susan. Making Peace with Food: Freeing Yourself from the Diet/Weight Obsession. New York: Harper & Row, 1989.

Keith, Lois, ed. What Happened to You? Writings by Disabled Women. New York: The New Press, 1996.

Krotoski, D., et al., eds. Women with Physical Disabilities: Achieving and Maintaining Health and Well-Being. Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes, 1996.

Lyons, Pat, and Debby Burgard. Great Shape: The First Fitness Guide for Large Women. Palo Alto, CA: Bull Publishing Co., 1990.

Neely, Barbara. Blanche on the Lam. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.

_______ Blanche Among the Talented Tenth. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Newman, Leslea. Some Body to Love: A Guide to Loving the Body You Have. Chicago: Third Side Press, 1991. Writing exercises about body image and eating.

Panzarino, Connie. The Me in the Mirror. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994.

Polivy, Janet, and Peter Herman. Breaking the Diet Habit. New York: Basic Books, 1983. Sound advice on how to stop dieting and eat normally.

Resources for Rehabilitation: A Woman's Guide to Coping with Disability, 2nd ed., 1997. 33 Bedford Street, Suite 19A, Lexington, MA 02173; (617) 862- 6455.

Rodin, Judith. Body Traps: Breaking The Binds That Keep You from Feeling Good About Your Body. New York: William Morrow & Co., 1992. Explores several ``traps'': vanity, shame, competition, food, dieting rituals, fitness, and success--and how to free ourselves from them.

Saxton, Marsha, and Florence Howe, eds. With Wings: An Anthology of Literature by and About Women with Disabilities. New York: Feminist Press, 1987.

Schoenfielder, Lisa, and Barb Wieser, eds. Shadow on a Tightrope: Writings by Women About Fat Oppression. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, 1983. Anthology of all the best articles about fat liberation.

Thompson, Becky. A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: American Women Speak Out on Eating Problems. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994. Excellent analysis.

Villarosa, Linda, ed. Body & Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Emotional Well-Being. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994.

Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Woman of Power. Women's Bodies. Issue 18, Fall 1990.


Arnold, Georgina. ``Coming Home: One Black Woman's Journey to Health and Fitness,'' in Evelyn C. White, ed., The Black Woman's Health Book, 2nd ed. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994.

Hershey, Laura. ``Choosing Disability.'' Ms. Magazine, July/August 1994.

Summer, Nancy. ``The Making of Young Activists: Bringing Size Awareness to the Classroom.'' Radiance, Issue 45 (winter 1996): 10-14.

Walker, Alice. ``Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self,'' in Evelyn C. White, ed., The Black Woman's Health Book, 2nd ed. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994.

``The World at Large: Size Acceptance Efforts Outside the U.S.'' Radiance, Issue 45 (winter 1996): 34ff.


Fat Girl Magazine
2215-R Market Street, ns193; San Francisco, CA 94114
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.fatso.com/fatgirl
``A 'zine for fat dykes and those who admire them.''

P.O. Box 423464; San Francisco, CA 94142
Web site: http://www.fatso.com

Healthy Weight Journal
402 145th Street; Hettinger, ND 58639; (701) 567-2646; Fax: (701) 567-2602

P.O. Box 7778; Ann Arbor, MI 48107; (800) 483-7482
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.hues.net
Hues's' mission is to expand the definition of womanhood to include women of all shapes, sizes, cultures, lifestyles, and sexualities; regular section on body issues.

Radiance: A Publication for Large Women
P.O. Box 30246; Oakland, CA 94604; (510) 482-0680
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.radiancemagazine.com
A magazine that celebrates large women. Good articles on body acceptance, health, and well-being.

Audiovisual Materials

The Body Beautiful (video/film), 23 minutes. Available from Women Make Movies, Inc., 462 Broadway, Suite 500, NY, NY 10013; (212) 925-0606, for purchase or rental. Examines effects of body image and racial/sexual identity on a white woman and her black daughter.

The Famine Within (video), 2 hours. Documentary by Katherine Gilday. Available to groups and organizations through Direct Cinema, P.O. Box 10003, Santa Monica, CA 90410; (800) 525-0000.

Fat Chance (video). Bullfrog Films, P.O. Box 149, Oley PA, 19547; (800) 543-3764. In Canada call (800) 267-7710. E-mail: [email protected]

Mirror Mirror (video/film), 17 minutes. Explores women's quest for the ``ideal body.'' Distributed by Women Make Movies (see address at The Body Beautiful).

No Apologies (video), 30 minutes. Powerful video with skits about women with disabilities, body, and sexuality issues. Produced by Peni Hall. Sliding scale for purchase. Contact Wry Crips Disabled Women's Reader's Theatre, P.O. Box 21474, Oakland, CA 94620; (510) 601-5819.

Nothing to Lose. A Performance by the Fat Lip Reader's Theater (video). Poignant, funny and warm performance of poetry and of humorous and dramatic skits about self-acceptance from an activist perspective. Available from Fat Lip Reader's Theater, P.O. Box 299963, Oakland, CA 94604; (415) 583-1649.

Nothing to Lose: Women's Body Image through Time (video). Available from Wolfe Video c/o Customer Service, P.O. Box 685195, Austin, TX 78768; (800) 8505951.

Size 10 (film), 20 minutes. By S. Lambert and S. Gibson. Australian-made 1978 film shows how women's body image has been formed and deformed by advertising and sexism. Available from Women Make Movies (see address at The Body Beautiful).

Skin Trade: Women, Complexion and Caste (videos). Three-videotape set of selected presentations from the March 1997 symposium of the same title, including the original schedule and information packet from the conference. Contact Skin Trading Video Series, 89 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140; (617) 354-8657; E-mail: [email protected]

Still Killing Us Softly (16-mm film), 30 minutes. Based on a lecture/slide show by Jean Kilbourne. Powerful and provocative presentation of the advertising industry's objectification of women's bodies. An excellent film for colleges, schools, church groups, women's centers. Available from Cambridge Documentary Films, P.O. Box 385, Cambridge, MA 02139; (617) 484-3993; E-mail: [email protected]; Web site: http://www.shore.net/~cdf


P.O. Box 252; Downers Grove, IL 60515; (738) 897-9796

Programs for the Promotion of Body-Size Acceptance and Self-Esteem

Association for the Health Enrichment of Large People (AHELP)
P.O. Drawer C; Radford, VA 24143; (703) 731-1778;d(800) 368-3468; (800) 572-3120 (Virginia only)

Body Image Task Force
P.O. Box 934; Santa Cruz, CA 95061; (408) 457-4838
E-mail: [email protected]

Council on Size and Weight Discrimination
P.O. Box 305; Mt. Marion, NY 12456; (914) 679-1209

Guerrilla Girls
Box 105, Cooper Station; New York, NY 10276
E-mail: [email protected]

Largesse, Resource Network for Self-Esteem
P.O. Box 9404; New Haven, CT 06534; (203) 787-1624
E-mail: 75773.717cacompuserve.com
Web site: http://www.fatgirl.com/S/

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA)
P.O. Box 188620; Sacramento, CA 95818; (916) 558-6880
E-mail: [email protected]/largesse
Web site: http://www.naafa.org
Many local chapters, a newsletter, and Web site.

National Center for Overcoming Overeating
315 W. 86th Street, Suite 17B; New York, NY 10024-3180; (212) 875-0442
Fax: (212) 874-6596

No Diet Day Coalition
P.O. Box 305; Mount Marion, NY 12456; (914) 679-1209

Additional Online Resources

About Fat Acceptance

African-American Woman's Web Guide

Disability Cool: Women's Stuff

FDA Cosmetics Safety Page

gURL Headquarters!

Soc.support.fat-acceptance and Alt.support.big-folks Home Page


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