Babes + Books: Hunger
HURLEY: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body is one of the most personal books I’ve ever read. I marvel at Roxane Gay’s willingness to share with us. Her honesty kept me turning pages. I know this text is going to stir up powerful discussion at our book club meeting on Monday.
AYSHA: Reading Hunger felt like opening a friend’s journal and landing on the most personal entry. I really enjoy Gay’s honest approach to a topic that not many people want to address. Her powerful voice helped me see another side of anyone who struggles with weight. I found the book relatable—it made me question why I still struggle with my weight at my age.
HURLEY: Hunger opened my eyes to the implications of diet culture. I hadn’t considered the “morbid” modifier in the term “morbidly obese” until Gay mentioned it. As a society, we treat fatness like a death sentence.
AYSHA: In Chapter 71, Gay writes, "People are rarely what they seem. The more I got to know him, the more I realized that he was always showing who he really was and the people in his life either saw through him or closed their eyes." This part really spoke to me. Society allows certain people who have won the genetic lottery to get away with a lot more than someone who is considered "fat" or "ugly." As a full grown woman still shopping in the kids’ section, it made me think about how I've been rewarded a "luxury" in life. I fit society's idea of what a female should be—small, taking up little space. I’m three years from 30 and still get questioned about my ID. The book opened my eyes to someone who has the polar opposite problem, but Roxane Gay and I both carry society’s idea of a perfect woman and try to meet it. The book helped me gain more knowledge on how to look at my body in a healthy light as opposed to picking out all my imperfections and obsessing over my dress size.
HURLEY: There are few things more exciting to me than getting together with a group of smart, hustlin’ babes to talk about a book. Monday night is going to be incredible. It’s an added bonus to know that babes from all over the globe will be joining in on the conversation, too—we have ambassadors in different cities around the country. Unfortunately, the themes addressed in this book—body image, sexual violence—are universal. Because of this, though, our discussions are bound to be moving.
AYSHA: I’m really looking forward to hearing other women speak on societal pressure and how it has affected their mental health, body image, and thinking. Being in a room full of women pulling the blindfold off a taboo topic is going to be really interesting. Hopefully we'll collectively realize that the number on a scale doesn't determine our weight in this world.
Join the conversation on Monday night! Wherever you are in the universe, sign up to be part of the official Babes Who Hustle book club.
If you’re in Jacksonville, we’ll be meeting on Monday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Social Grounds Coffee Company.
Hope to see you there!