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A new essay anthology dismantles the stereotypes and inequitable systems faced by plus-sized women
Christina Myers

SEVERAL YEARS AGO, former Vancouver newspaper journalist Christina Myers found herself writing many creative non-fiction pieces dealing with her body and how it intersects with other parts of her life.

One of those stories, a slyly humorous and relatable take on her complicated relationship with clothing as a plus-sized woman, was shared repeatedly online. “I loved fashion my whole life, but I didn’t dress as though I did, and often, it was hard to find what I wanted,” Myers says.

Around that time, Myers realized she had the beginnings of an essay collection. She pitched Caitlin Press – with which she had a relationship having contributed to its 2016 anthology Boobs: Women Exploring What it Means to Have Breasts. The Toronto-based feminist press liked the idea and encouraged Myers to continue working on the concept.

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