There’s a guest post by me at Babbling About Books, in which I talk about my story in the Big Damn Heroines anthology and why I felt strongly about writing for it:
Like being white or straight, being thin is the unmarked state, the default condition. […] The majority of women are overweight in the USA… so why is there such a gap between the world around us, and the world in our fiction? The stories that we tell ourselves do matter. They help us conceptualize the world. They teach us who we are and who we want to be. It’s great to see female characters in active, powerful positions, but when most of them are thin and the majority of overweight fictional women are concentrated in roles where they have little agency and play a supporting role in someone else’s life, how can real-life women form a healthy, positive self-image? It’s hard to hold onto the idea of yourself as the hero of your own story when you’re constantly hammered with the media message that you can’t be.