Wish body shaming would stop, says author Shuchi Singh Kalra
I am Big. So What!? is a book about Roli, a plus-sized girl, and her journey from an insecure teen to a confident young woman. It explores body image and self-esteem issues, and how she navigates society at different stages of her life, wearing her size proudly.brunch Updated: Aug 06, 2016 21:30 IST
What led you to writing a chick-lit that delivers a strong message against body shaming?
Body shaming is a subject close to my heart because I have been at the receiving end of it, as have many of my friends and people I know. And it comes in so many forms – jibes on complexion, height, body type, cup size, penis size... It’s nasty, demeaning and I wish it would stop.
What have been the most annoying comments you’ve been subjected to?
Plenty of times and I believe everyone does in some way or the other. However, it is up to us how we choose to let it affect us. I’m not plus-sized and yet I keep getting unsolicited advice from people on how to lose weight. The most annoying phase was when I just had a baby. There I was, breastfeeding an infant and recovering from a C-section, and everyone around me was piling me with tips on how to get back in shape – fast! Also, there have been comments like “for someone your size, you carry off shorts really well”. I don’t understand why anyone should have a problem with the way I look when I don’t find anything wrong with myself.
Since the book came out in February, have readers got back to you with their own body shaming experiences?
Oh yes, lots of female readers have shared that they could relate very closely to Roli’s character. The most touching email, however, was from a father who said he was going to give the book to his daughter who lacked confidence because of her weight.
From HT Brunch, August 7, 2016
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