Bingemas: For the Affirmationist

 For the giftee who loves a good life-affirming phone sesh with their BFF, today’s BINGEMAS picks are just the right kind of reads to remind them of their worth in gold.


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Gift the affirmationists on your list with our BINGEMAS picks  Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty (Book*hug Press) and Big: Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (Caitlin Press)—and get 20% off until Dec 4th with promo code BINGEMAS20 (enter at checkout).

Call your Girlfriend podcast = = = Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty: Affirmations for the Real World by Hana Shafi (Book*hug Press)

Relatively new and perfect for pandemic listening comes the podcast Call your Girlfriend, co-hosted by Aminatou Sow, Ann Friedman, and Executive Producer Gina Delvac. This series covers everything from art and politics, to the latest in pop culture, self-care and friendships with just the kind of “no BS” attitude you’d expect from your best bestie. Your giftee will find a similar friend in author Hana Shafi’s new book Small, Broke, and Kind of Dirty. Drawing from her own experience as a millennial woman of colour, Shafi imparts with sharp-shooting humour affirmations that explore the many ways in which the world can all too often wear us down, reminding us to remember our worth, even when it’s hard to do so.

Shrill = = = : Stories About Life in Plus-Sized Bodies, edited by Christina Myers (Caitlin Press)

Hulu’s Shrill follows young journalist Annie, played by Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant, as she deals with a bad boyfriend, a bad boss, and ill parents. To make things harder, she’s faced with a society that tells her she’s not good enough because of her weight—that is until she discovers a new level of self-acceptance that gives her a refreshed lease on life and assures her that she’s capable of anything. Big raises some of the same stereotypes and misconceptions about weight through a diversity of voices and lived experiences from plus-sized women, non-binary and trans people. Some of these stories are humorous and some are traumatic, but together they offer up a firm challenge against popular assumptions and a reminder that your giftee will appreciate: love yourself.

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