The Militant Baker
Jes Baker is a blogger, speaker, former mental health professional, cat lover (yay), ALL CAPS user and an "unabashed fat chick". Wow! First time I heard about her was when I found her current book "Things no one will tell fat girls" at Mostly Books in Tucson. In the first moment, I was curious, kind of shocked by the title and I couldn't resist to check it out. When I read about her and her topic body shaming (which is an important topic of my work) I was amazed to find out that this awesome and inspiring person lives in Tucson! Wow! I'm really amazed by the creative people I discover every day here in Tucson. I do love this vibe that is in this inspiring city. The appreciation for culture and creativity in Tucson is big, and most people I met in Tucson are modern and open-minded. I'm so thankful for this.
She speaks out of my heart and points out exactly my worries in our culture. That many people are driven by prejudices towards people, based on their appearance. Never choose a book by its cover, but I have the feeling that many people are getting more and more trapped in superficial motivations and thinkings and it's worrying me. We have to wake up and remember what real values are. Not your body size, your abilities, your money, your success, or if you are pretty... We should stop to follow a mainstream when it comes to the question what real beauty is and what real values are.
Real beauty is in every size and shape and we should stop trying to classify beauty, because we can't. There's no perfection, and the things that catch our attention are often the imperfect details. Real personal values aren't about how we look like. Our personality is not driven by the fact of our skin color, shape, size, race or other appearances of us. Our real value is more than our looks. I have to admit I've met a lot of people who do forget what and who they really are or believing in what others are telling them. This is horrible because when you start to listen to others trying to get you down, you will loose your inner voice which shows you your real values. You get lost in mean comments of unhappy people trying to get you down too. Don't let anybody do that to you. Keep your head up, don't care about these people. Find yourself and appreciate yourself just the way you are. We will never be perfect anyway. We are no puppets, machines,... we are humans!
Jess Baker is doing an awesome job with her work and I do love that she's encouraging people to love themselves, no matter what the propaganda of our mainstream media is trying to implement in our understanding of beauty.
When I read one of her latest Instagram posts about, that someone told her "she looks like a potato" it touched me and I couldn't stop thinking about it, how someone can compare a living human being to a potato? But I went further in my thinking: Actually, potatoes are very nurturing, they are loved and eaten all over the world as the favorite snack in form of chips, or as an important meal to feed the entire family. And if you ever tried to eat a hot potato out of the oven, that potato is very very hot! Like I don't know any food that can be as hot as a hot potato. Cooked, baked or even deep fried. Potatoes rock! I think now it's actually a compliment to be called a potato. I got very inspired by her post and illustrated her as a hot potato!
Keep your awesome work up Jess! You do something very important for many many people in our world! Be er sure to check out her awesome blog :)