A poignant and ruthlessly honest journey through cultural expectations of size, race, and gender--and toward a brighter future--from National Book Award nominee Evette Dionne
My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down.
In this insightful, funny, and whip-smart book, acclaimed writer Evette Dionne explores the minefields fat Black woman are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life. From her early experiences of harassment to adolescent self-discovery in internet chatrooms to diagnosis with heart failure at age twenty-nine, Dionne tracks her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture, and self-image.
Along the way, she lifts back the curtain to reveal the subtle, insidious forms of surveillance and control levied at fat women: At the doctor's office, where any health ailment is treated with a directive to lose weight. On dating sites, where larger bodies are rejected or fetishized. On TV, where fat characters are asexual comedic relief. But Dionne's unflinching account of our deeply held prejudices is matched by her fierce belief in the power of self-love.
An unmissable portrait of a woman on a journey toward understanding our society and herself, Weightless holds up a mirror to the world we live in and asks us to imagine the future we deserve.
Evette Dionne is a Black feminist culture writer, editor, and scholar. Known on the internet as "free Black girl," she is the author of the National Book Award longlisted title, Lifting As We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, a young-adult non-fiction book that details the often overlooked contributions of Black suffragists in earning the right to vote for all American women. In her powerful talks, Dionne speaks on the intersections of race, gender, and size in popular culture and politics.
- Publisher: Ecco (December 6, 2022)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- ISBN-10: 0063076365
- ISBN-13: 9780063076365
- Item Weight: 1 pound