“Weightless: Making Space for My Resilient Body and Soul” (Ecco, 272 pp., currently in print), journalist and author Evette Dionne It lifts the veil of the subtle and insidious ways society seeks to control and oppress fat women, especially black women and young girls.
But Dionne’s debut memoir is also a reminder to choose joy. increase.
In her collection of essays, Dionne examines and challenges the relationship between America and obesity, and how fatphobia drives movements such as schools, the media we consume, our healthcare system, and body positivity intended to mobilize. Explore how it permeated every aspect of society, including A fairer future for fat people and other marginalized groups.
2020 National Book Award Young People’s Literature finalist Dionne, author of “Lifting As We Climb,” says after years of showing symptoms and not feeling what she saw or heard, wrote that he was diagnosed with heart failure and pulmonary hypertension at the age of 29. Countless doctor appointments. “Unfortunately, my experience is not an anomaly,” writes Dionne, now 33. “Many other fat people experience varying levels of neglect as well.”
The author is currently the editor-in-chief of YES!. In an interview, the magazine spoke about overcoming fatphobia, chronic illness, what resilience means, and why commenting on other people’s bodies is never allowed.
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Question: The title of your book conveys a sense of liberation from society’s expectations of what our bodies should be and look like. please give me.
answer: The book deals with such a heavy topic that I kept coming back to the idea of ”zero gravity.” It’s mostly about the idea of weight bias. Desperate about the state of our reality, the state of our world, or how we should feel about our bodies. , people in societies who burden us with fatphobia, racism, or sexism, we are collectively stronger as a system, we are examining that system together- we can rise above
Resilience is a common theme in this book. What does resilience mean to you?
It means everything to me. I have two chronic diseases and there are a lot of things I have no control over my condition whether my body will recover or not and whether it will be able to maintain this recovery for the rest of its life. What I can control is how I wake up each day and how I feel emotionally – that I can (control)
I face a barrel every day around heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. It hit me, and in the face of it all – my life is still going on. Even if it’s just for a moment, it’s my pleasure that I can choose to face it all.
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How has being diagnosed with a chronic illness affected how you deal with fatphobia and the stigma associated with it?
When you’re navigating your fat phobia it’s constant gaslighting. It’s flawed and says my body needs to look different in order to fit in with the society we’ve created. So I spend a lot of time on this hamster wheel of diet and exercise, diet and restrictions. If your body doesn’t slim as a result, ask, “What’s wrong?”
I was close to death, but the doctors took it seriously. Because I was really young. They needed to figure out what in the world was going on with this person’s body nearing his 29th birthday. ‘t myselfIt was everyone else. it wasn’t me. Chronic disease makes us realize that our healthcare system is really fatphobic, our schools are really fatphobic, and the media really sells diet images to get us to buy something. Somehow confirmed. Everything makes sense.
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In recent years, the body positivity movement has come under a lot of scrutiny as to who can join, and whether the positive side still remains. what are your thoughts
Capitalism has ruined body positivity. Body positivity is a system exercise. It was never about people. It has always been the case that fat people, transgender people, people with disabilities, and those whose bodies are considered deviant are safe in our society and are punished for work, housing, and for being different. It was to ensure equal access to all available methods.
After that, it became a movement to sell products. All sorts of things that have nothing to do with the goal of dismantling the fatphobic system are being labeled body positive. It’s really divisive when it’s the people who are most successful marketing the movement, not who are , transgender, or disabled. Very misguided.
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You write about what people are commenting on about your body when you lose weight. But the weight loss was actually due to the medications I was taking for my health. Why is it wrong to comment on other people’s bodies?
When someone is commenting on weight loss, in this case it is me, but what they are really commenting on is my heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and the medications and restrictions put in place to save my life. And you say it’s worth it if the byproduct of that is me losing weight. I lost weight and Adele came out and said, “Since my divorce, I’ve had panic attacks. What I’m saying is, “I’m glad I lost the weight.”
That way it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and you never know. It could be depression. It could be an eating disorder. You never know why other people’s bodies are different. It’s inappropriate to comment on their body periods unless they are. It’s neither normal nor natural, but our society has normalized it to the point where we think it’s okay to do it not only with family members, but also with celebrities you don’t know.
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