As a child, Lindy West was told she was off the charts. In this exclusive removed from her brand-new journal, Shrill, she explains how societys regression on thinness warp women lives and why she “d rather” be fatty than big
Ive always been a great big person. In the months after I was born, medical doctors was so alarmed by the circumference of my top that she held my parents bring me back, over and over, to be weighed and measured and hold back for investigation next to the normal newborns. My manager was off the following chart, she read. Science literally had not produced a chart expansive enough to account for my being dome. Off the following chart became a West family joke over the years I always avoided it, saying it was because of my giant psyche but I absorbed the meaning nonetheless. I was too big, from birth. Abnormally large-hearted. Medical-anomaly big-hearted. Unchartably big.