THE "MILITANT TOUR" PS I LOVE YOU ALL


Over the last 24 hours, the Internet has shown up at my doorstep with about six barrels of sunshine and only a few bombs. My inbox is overflowing with messages of encouragement and thanks, and this is my attempt to say thank you - to each and every one of you who has reached out.

You have brightened my day, nay, my life with your immeasurable support and I owe you all the squishiest of hugs and sloppiest of kisses.

To all of you who have sent me "hell yeahs" and "get it, grrrl"- have no fear. I'm gettin' this shit. And I'm gettin' it good. 


To all of those who have asked how you can help- Let me locate my sanity first and I'll get back to you on that. 

To those who have shared intimate details from your personal journey to illustrate how similar stories can be- thank you for that honor. We're all fighting the good fight, and if there is one thing I've learned its that the bad is all too soon forgotten and the good always keeps going. 

To all of you who have thanked me for doing whatever it is that I do- I thank you. You are the reason that I continue to challenge social norms even when the going gets uncomfortable as hell. You are the inspiration behind learning to love myself just the way I am. And YOU are the reason I aint quittin'. So don't leave now, y'hear? We've got a world to change!

Here's the thing people: I'm still your regular ol' Militant Baker. I love writing on my blog and I'll be back in full force in the very near future. There was no way I could have prepared for the thrilling response to my last article so you'll have to forgive me while I run off and do incredible things like television shows, newspaper articles, and radio interviews. Give me a little bit of time to respond, and I promise that you'll hear from me.

Now quit fucking reading this droll post and go do something phenomenal with yourself!


Today the interwebs... tomorrow the WORLD!
Well, actually, tomorrow I'll be on the TODAY show. So make sure you catch that shit.

All of the kisses and hugs you could ever want, 
Me


80 comments

  1. Congrats girl! You are an incredible incredible inspiration to me! Just in the short while I've been reading your blog, you have helped me immensly. Thank you so much. I'll be a loyal follower of your blog forever now. <3

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    1. Tricia I think you are beautiful babe

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  2. YEAH! You rock! Keep on keepin' on, can't wait to see what's to come for you!

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  3. If you find yourself in the Seattle area, I'm going to claim one of those hugs <3

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  4. Congratulations, hun! You are AMAZING! <3

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  5. Your joie de vivre is a wonder to behold . . . and inspirational! I also work in the mental health field (admin) but I long to go back to baking full time . . . maybe someday . . .

    Anyway keep on rocking girl . . . you're a wonder!

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  6. I am just so blasted proud of you lady love. So much so I have bragged about you in my mommy group and here are some of the responses (I posted links to your HuffPost highlight and to the blog)
    -I loved her post! I am go glad it is getting attention brought to the situation
    -OMG, I saw that article the other day! Good for her!
    -This is great! I'll have to record the today show!
    -That's so awesome! And I totally missed her blog before... I LOVE the pictures!
    and about 8 more 'awesomes!" and a couple "wow"s! and great/cool/rockstar! etc. etc.

    Thanks for bringing some sunshine into my gloomy week. I can't wait to talk to you soon! Brody and I will be watching tomorrow! xoxo.

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  7. Holy Fuck I love you so much. You have single-handedly started a personal revolution in my life that has awakened me to all the fat positive body lovin' ninjas there are out there. Thank you......more than you will ever even understand.

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  9. Yayayayay!!! Ferris Beuller, you're my hero!

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  10. I cannot wait to watch! Hell F'n yes, good for you!!!

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  11. This is so wonderful and incredible and awesome and wow.

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  12. I only found your blog a couple weeks ago, but when I saw your post on Jezebel yesterday I got so excited. I thought, Hey! I know that blog! I've read that already! And YES it totally deserves to be featured! Congrats!

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  13. You exude the reasons why I call myself BigBonedBarbie ;)

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  14. You exude the reasons why I call myself BigBonedBarbie ;)

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  15. Jes, I just get so damn excited when you get recognized like this. Thank you for being so wonderfully articulate, thank you for being the face of an important message, thank you for pushing pushing pushing it, all the time, making those little gains that may be imaginary, but sure as hell feel real. I just really believe in this.

    You're my favourite.

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    1. FOR ANYBODY WANTING TO WATCH JES ON THE TODAY SHOW

      Watch the clip here! http://www.today.com/style/blogger-abercrombie-fitch-af-means-attractive-fat-6C10015490

      SO PROUD OF YOU JES!

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  16. 57 yrs old... your self acceptance has been the inspiration I needed to finally love myself, my body and ME!!! just the way I am! Will you be able to share a link to your Today Show appearance in case I miss it??

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  17. So super awesome. You've really changed my outlook on myself. You have no idea. :)

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  18. I saw you on the Today Show and I heart you so much. You go girlfriend! You are beautiful and brave and don't ever stop being you.

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  19. Holy shit. You are incredible and I love yer face! xoxo!!!

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  20. Holy shit. You are incredible and I love yer face! xoxo!!!

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  21. Just watched your clip on the Today Show--brilliant!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  22. "I saw you on the Today Show this morning - you were awesome"
    - with love
    The girl who saw you in the Starbucks window. :)

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  23. "I saw you on the Today Show today - you were awesome."

    With Love,

    The lady who saw you in the Starbucks window :)

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  24. See if you can get Matt to pose neckid with you! CONGRATS!!!

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  25. W00T! Great interview. If you ever wander thru North Idaho, stop in for a cup of coffee :)

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  26. Was so freaking excited to see this that I had to blog about it. You're such an awesome lady!

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  27. Amazing pictures, amazing words! You RAWK!

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  28. You were given the gift of a voice, congratulations for being awake enough to use it!

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  29. Amazing !
    Even in France we are talking about you

    http://www.lemonde.fr/style/article/2013/05/22/abercrombie-fitch-face-a-ses-pires-cauchemars_3415311_1575563.html

    An article on one of the most famous newspaper here in France !


    Congratz we need more of this initiative ! Self acceptance has to be for everyone I am fed up with all of those commercial.

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  30. You're also famous in France. Here an article about this initiative in one of the most famous newspaper here.


    http://www.lemonde.fr/style/article/2013/05/22/abercrombie-fitch-face-a-ses-pires-cauchemars_3415311_1575563.html


    Self acceptance is important, I am fed up with all those commercials that said to us what to think, what to wear, what weight is ok.
    This have to stop

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  31. You freaking rock Jes, off to YouTube your tv appearances xoxo

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  32. You are SO awesome! Congrats!!!!

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  33. TV and stuff????? I mean, I know you've been on TV before but, Jesus, Jes, you are going to take over the world! Wooohoooo!!!!!

    Becky
    xx

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  34. Eeep!! This us all utterly fantastic! And well deserved.

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  35. Do a spread in playboy

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  36. The TODAY- Today show? Congrats, that's fantastic :)

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  37. That's awesome. You're inspiring a whole new wave of people, myself included!!

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  38. Good for you!
    And god bless all the fat bottom girls that make my rockin world go round. Its about time these people learn what real beauty is all about!

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  39. Thank you for your inspiring attitude and fresh take on media portrayal and the strongly worded letter to the A&F CEO.

    My boyfriend and I are just like you and the male model in that photo. He's Mr. Fitness Man and I'm his short little dumpling :] I know some of his friends don't understand why we're together because "he could do soo much better." Goes right to the "like with like" and "fat women are unworthy of love" topics that you've written about.

    Only a few know about this but he's actually a chubby chaser. Took him a while to accept that but after being with me, we formed a mutually beneficial relationship regarding self esteem - mine about my size 12 (or 14, depending on the bust) body and him about accepting that he isn't into the "normal" standards of beauty.

    He was the starting center on the basketball team that's a genius with technology and I was the musical artsy fat chick learning Japanese, to put things in perspective.

    We're going into our 3rd year of college now. And you know what? We're still very happy together :]

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  40. I just watched your video on OMG! Insider. Amazing. I almost cried. You ma'am, are inspiring. I have been struggling with my weight to the point of starving myself because I hate my body. But, now, seeing you - it literally makes me want to embrace every damn curve and roll I have. I know I am beautiful and my weight shouldn't define me. As a mother of a teenager, who is considered overweight and gets picked on, we need more people like you in this world. BLESS YOU!!!

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  41. Wow! Good for you! I am glad you're getting this much-deserved recognition. xoxo

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  42. You are amazing! I saw you on Yahoo and now I will be a regular reader. THANK YOU! Thank you so much.

    Signed,
    Plus Sized in Wisconsin

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  43. I'll see you on 4th Ave. You are a true inspiration. Viva La Mujer Chingona!

    Mónica García

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  44. You truly are amazing and doing good. Where is it written that love has anything to do with size? I KNEW there was a reason I was repulsed by A&F, I just didn't know why. Now I do. Gloria Vanderbilt once said that she didn't make jeans for larger women... My, how times can change and you are today's agent of change. VERY WELL DONE!

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  45. Just saw you on the Today show, and am so PROUD of you and feel so honored to know you! The work you are doings incredible, inspirational, and moving. Keep fighting the good fight, and if your tour brings you to SW Flordia, you have somewhere to crash :)

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  46. Hi Jess! An italian news paper talks about you!!!!

    http://d.repubblica.it/attualita/2013/05/23/foto/blogger_abercrombie_curvy-1667184/1/?ref=HRESS-10#1

    Yey!!!!
    Brava!!!

    Federica

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  47. I stumbled across your blog today - first read the Things No One Tells Fat Girls and LOVED it. Now, I'm seeing you EVERYWHERE because of the A&F. GOOD FOR YOU. Thank you for voicing what MILLIONS of people aren't!

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  48. Congrats Jess!! PS I love it when people are aware of and grateful for their following~

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  49. Congrats on being bold, inspiring and having a positive voice!!!

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  50. I've spent my entire evening reading your blog and I think you're absolutely incredible.
    So glad I discovered your blog.



    www.theclothesmaiden.com

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  51. This is amazing! I'm spreading the word in Seattle.

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  52. Awesome!! I'm a blogger in Tucson, too! How have I never met you before? You are beautiful and an inspiration. Thank you!!

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  53. I started reading your site right before it blew it, and, man, it has been so empowering for me. I have felt like utter shit about my body for years. I am trying so hard to feel good about myself, but everything that I've heard over the last almost 30 years tells me that I'm horrible, ugly, and worthless. You have really helped me believe that maybe all that shit isn't true. I've never paid for advertising on a site before, but I totally support what you're doing, and I'm honored and thrilled to have my banner on your site. You are amazing.

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  54. Hola Jes!
    Congratz gurl....you most certainly deserve it!

    ~SimplyyMayra :)

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  55. Jes you write pretty well. Keep fighting the good fight. You're my hero. Best wishes

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  56. I have found my new favorite blog. God Bless Ya Darlin!

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  57. You are such a strong woman, I admire that c:
    Keep on fighting and smiling!! Xx

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  58. Hey Jes -
    You TOTALLY ROCKED that Today show interview! So glad that you emphasized that this isn't a problem with a company, it's an entire social assumption that needs to be addressed. Nice job!

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  59. I completely understand your mission's spirit, and I agree with you. BUT I think it should be said that Mike Jeffries' interview is from 2006. That means 7 years ago. That's a lot of time, and people can change. Right now, if I'm not wrong, A&F is working with Benjamin O'Keefe, and 18 years old guy who has promoted a petition to ask them to pstart producing bigger sizes. I think you can't go on with what you're doing without pointing that eveything started with a 7 years old interview. Ciao.

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  60. Thrilled to see you making our voices heard. You are amazing and I'm so glad I fell into your blog.

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  61. hello!! first, apologize my english, not handling very well, but had to comment on your blog; it's amazing what you've done!! you have more balls than many men together!! you look fantastic, and although these very pretty, the most beautiful of your photos is that your safety comes out of every pore, the best example out there for everyone in the world ... comfortable in your own skin!! applause and cheers from Mexico.

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  62. is it wrong that I read your blog because it's full of pictures of hot chicks?

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  63. I know that your a real inspiration to all women but is it okay if I keep reading your blog to look at pictures of hot women?

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  64. Ran across your blog from the article about A&F and glad I did! Thank you for fighting social norms that are damaging to women who have nothing wrong with them, it helps them and those who love them the way they are. Linking articles to my girlfriend whom I'm moving out of state to be with and trying to encourage her to accept who she is because in my eyes she's gorgeous! Thanks again and keep up the good fight! :-D

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