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About the Author

Virgie Tovar is a San Francisco-based fat activist and sexologist. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science at U.C. Berkeley, she was offered admission to the only human sexuality master's program in the U.S., housed at San Francisco State University. She completed research for her master's thesis on the subject of fat women and femininity in 2011.

Tovar is a certified sex educator who has performed research for the Center for Court Innovation in New York, worked for the National Sexuality Resource Center and is currently a contributor for Good Vibrations Magazine, where she writes on the intersections of body image and sexuality. In collaboration with organizations including the GLBT Historical Society, Tovar has brought events focused on fat activism and positivity to the Bay Area in hopes of ending the official and unofficial War on Obesity.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press; First Printing edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580054382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580054386
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Fiesty Femme on November 29, 2012
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This is the book that actually made me write a review. Because it's that good. Literally, within one night of reading (& happily much more of the book to go), my self & life view is different. I am reminded that I am not alone, that it's ok to be fat and be fierce (whether that means wearing bright red lipstick or going to your first voice lesson or simply and solidly loving.you.). Please get this book (maybe even from a local bookstore, if that's something accessible to you, yeah?). Please share this book. Fatties and allies and clueless folks alike need to read these amazing perspectives, experiences, and rallying cries of unabashed self-love and confidence.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Debora Burgard PhD on October 11, 2012
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REQUIRED READING for anyone who is postponing life until they reach a smaller size and anyone who isn't already blessed with fantastic, full-of-themselves fat people in their lives. Virgie Tovar has assembled these powerful voices into a funny, enlightening, sexy and important book. HATE LOSS NOW!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M. Wylie on December 5, 2012
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The fat girls of "Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion" are ready to give you a piece of their mind on living large in large bodies. The authors come from all over the spectrum of sociocultural, gender, and sexuality backgrounds, which makes for a very welcome variety of perspectives on being a fat girl in a fat-hating world.

Not being unfamiliar with the Health At Every Size movement, I was expecting to read a lot of affirming stories from women who have battled their way through the trenches of body hatred and come out the other side in a flurry of fat pride and fierce fashion. And for sure, there are plenty of stories about families, and bullies, and heartbreak, and bellies, and liberation, or more accurately, liberation of bellies. But what I hadn't expected was the frankness with which so many of these women confided that they still have days when it is hard to love the body they live in; that even amidst their proud, loud lives, there are still challenging moments.

Though I am a fierce and outspoken proponent of body positivity and Health At Every Size, I don't extend to myself the kind of compassion and advocacy that I extend to others. In reading about these women's lives, I thought, "That will never be me. I just can't love my body 100% of the time so unabashedly. I don't have the strength." And that's where I made my mistake. That is what this collection of writings showed me: I don't have to have the strength 100% of time. The difference is knowing that I always deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, even on those days when I might not be strong enough to say it out loud.

A theme that echoes throughout this collection is that living well and happy in a large body is a political act.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Ingraham on October 4, 2012
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After receiving my pre-order book today, I started plowing through the stories I'd heard snippets of at NOLOSE. This book is a well-edited and amazing collection of stories from fierce, fat folks who have some heartbreaking, heart-repairing and inspiring stories to tell about themselves, fatness and fierceness. My hats off to Virgie for curating this amazing collection and for the writers for sharing their stories.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cissa on April 2, 2013
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I admit I bought and read this mostly because my daughter is one of the essayists therein. But I am SO glad I did!

She inherited her fat body from me (and I from my beloved grandmother). I am proud that she is fierce and fat and fabulous herself, and had not even dreamed of that for my own self! until I read these essays. And now... it seems like something even I can aspire to!

(This is especially pertinent at the moment, since I have to get Nice Clothes for an important family wedding, and I've been intimidated. And now I'm inspired!)

Thank you, all of you, for writing such meaningful and heart-felt and inspiring essays. This significant;y older fat chick values her horizons opening up!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By booklass VINE VOICE on July 2, 2013
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Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion by Virgie Tovar was an interesting book. The essays, done by various authors, speak on topics that are influenced by our body image, and that means areas such as sex, fashion, human relations and self esteem. Some of the authors of the book provided "ah-ha" moments and, "yes, that is exactly how it is" moments. Other authors confused me or just came across as angry. Angry I understand because, if you have ever been overweight, then you have probably been mistreated by someone, or a host of someones. However, when anger seems to play out in what sounds like revenge sex or self abuse, then I have to question how far that person has come. Promiscuity, even with protection built to military specifications, is still risky behavior, and I would think that when you love yourself, you would want to protect yourself? I am also aware that I may not be the target audience for this book;I am probably too old or/and too conservative. I do want to say that I enjoyed some of the essays and parts of other very much. I just am hesitant to give a rousing thumbs up to a book that seems to send out mixed signals about self love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Leyva on December 5, 2012
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Sometime last year I was on a train and there was a man wearing a button reading "Ask me about weight loss." I stared incredulously at the button until he made eye contact with me. Afraid that he was going to come talk to me about weight loss, I gave him my fiercest bitch face and flipped him off. I don't have a button that says "Ask me about hate loss," but I do have this book. I carry it around and read it in public. I feel my community as I read these stories. I have the strength of my community to put on my fiercest bitch face to anyone talking about dieting.

That's what this book is about. Without even meeting each other, we can encourage each other to try on new outfits or to take a breath when someone at Thanksgiving says something gross about our bodies. Or even better, say something back to them. We can talk about the difficult shit without needing to make it sit comfortably for someone else's approval. This book is more than just ink and paper. It's a way for me and you and everyone to quietly call upon our fat community. We can hear our stories and honor our survival.
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