TUCSON, AZ-native Educator/Baker/Blogger/Author/Body Positivity Advocate JES BAKER covers the October/November 32015 issue of DAILY VENUS DIVA!!!
Here are some interview highlights:
Who is Jes Baker?
Jes Baker: I’m a native Tucsonan, cat lady, mental health educator, and pie baker! I stumbled on lifestyle blogging a few years ago, and once I started learning about body positivity, it began to enter into my writings as well. It’s now my main focus and through a series of fortunate events it’s what I work on as a job!
How did you come up with the name of your blog, The Militant Baker?
Jes Baker: Does it have a particular meaning? If so, what is it???It was a happy accident. When I was baking professionally, I took a few days off of work to attend a women’s reproductive rights rally in Phoenix. When I didn’t show up for those shifts, the chef I worked with became worried. When I came back, he said, “I was afraid you had done something radical and that they hauled off our militant baker!” It was genius. And it stuck. Thanks Bruce!
I read that you have many interests. Why focus on body advocacy?
Jes Baker: It was a happy accident. Something that I have personal experience with. Something that overlaps with mental health. Something that empowers others. Something conducive to blogging… it fit right in with my interests and skills. How awesome is that?
What’s important about the work that you do?
Jes Baker: I think it’s the beginning to lifting the personal oppression that most people feel which then allows them to live full and unencumbered lives. Empowered individuals can change the world. Learning to love themselves in whole is just one step on that journey!
As a self-love enthusiast, what are you most proud of when you think about the work that you’ve done?
Jes Baker: The book, no doubt. That was something I had no idea I was capable of, even while I was writing it! It was far far FAR outside my comfort zone, but I DO love a good challenge. And Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls was a hell of a challenge!
On a lighter note, I also read that you like to swear a lot. What’s your favorite curse word?
Jes Baker: F*ck is most certainly the most useful! But if there was a word or phrase I wish we all used a little bit more, it would be “a$$hat.” We need to brush the dust off that one and give it a little more love, don’t you think?
Now let’s talk about this book of yours. Can you give us a brief synopsis of what “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls” is all about?
From the book:
“[This] is by no means the be-all and end-all of body image exploration; far from it. It’s not even the ultimate book of empowering things for fat chicks. The body activism world is multifaceted, and there are lots of information and opinions out there that I suggest you find and ponder. This particular book is a collection of my realizations, epiphanies, and aha! moments interspersed with facts and thoughts that I wish I’d known and had earlier. I want to share these things with you because after embracing body love I have found considerably more fulfillment, purpose, love, and sense of worthiness.”
It’s for everyone that has a body… especially fat girls!