There’s a story on Autostraddle about being fat at camp. I never went to a summer camp, but I can’t help but feel all the emotions of being young and fat that I had—have built up inside me. This is definitely a must read.
Our camp experiences mature as we do. Girls come back each summer with more stories of boys they’ve met, sharing experiences, asking and comparing how far they’ve gone. I’m present for so many of these conversations, but rarely, if ever, am I a part of them. My body shame has grown with me, fed by offhand comments, jokes and media consumption that reflect my own worst fears. Fat bodies aren’t desirable; they’re a punch line.Allison