Today is my stop on the They Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits. Check out my review and let me know what you think.
They Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits
By Ali Thompson
Genre: Sci-fi short stories
“They don’t make plus size spacesuits” is a sci-fi short story collection, featuring an introductory essay. It is written by long-time fat activist, Ali Thompson of Ok2BeFat.
This book is a incandescent cry from the heart, a radical turn away from utopian daydreaming of future body perfection to center a fat perspective instead.
Ali invites people to experience a fictional version of a few of the many ways that fatphobia can manifest in a life. The ways that the people closest to fat people can subject them to tiny betrayals on a near constant basis. The disdain that piles up over the years, until it all becomes too large to bear.
And while some of the fatphobic tech in these stories may seem outrageous and downright unbelievable, it is all based on extrapolations of so-called “advances” by the diet industry, as they search for ever more efficient ways to starve people.
The modern day worship of Health promises a future peopled only by the thin, a world where the War on Fatness is won and only visually acceptable bodies remain.
What will that future mean for the fat people who will inevitably still continue to exist?
They Don’t Make Plus Size Spacesuits is a powerful collection of short stories from characters in the same dystopian society, where they try to “fix” fat people with medical procedures and technology.
It is a very interesting, and scary look on the world, and what the world could be. There is a lot of difficulties in being a bigger person in this word. From difficulties finding clothing to feeling shameful for eating. Ali Thompson touches on all of this in a unique way.
I recommend checking this one out. It’s definitely worth a read.
Ali Thompson is the Bill Nye of fat girls.
She is the creator of Ok2BeFat, which by an amazing coincidence, is the name of her YouTube channel.
She’s a fat activist, writer, YouTuber, and collage artist. She is a bisexual queer who lives in Philadelphia with her husband Josh and their many cats.
You can find her on Twitter at @Artists_Ali, where she probably just said something weird.
Find out more at alithompson.net.
Let me know what you think!