I'm Jes Baker. I'm aauthor, international speaker and blogger with a background in mental health where I've worked as a BHT, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, Peer Navigator and Educator. I'm also a cat lover, ALL CAPS user and unabashed fat chick. 

My passion lies in working towards turning our cultural concept of beauty/worthiness on its oppressive head as I know for a fact that every person is deserving of respect and feeling valued no matter their size, shape, race, sex, ability, gender, age or health records.

I've written and published two books: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, a handbook created for those who are beginning their body acceptance journey and Landwhale, a memoir-esque exploration of the complex conversations that arise while navigating the world as a fat woman.

Here on The Militant Baker, I preach the importance of body autonomy, self-love, mental health, strong coffee, and even stronger languageWELCOME!


The Militant Baker garners well over a kajillion (okay, more like close to half a million) views every month and has been covered hundreds of times by the biggest media platforms including BBC, CNN, Today Show, ABC, Huffington Post, Yahoo, People, Cosmo, Self Magazine (weird, right?), Time, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, and other outlets that both simultaneously surprised me and made me really happy.

The Militant Baker covers a mixture of subjects ranging from the delightful to the very very uncomfortable. These topics include but are not limited to: notes on the hazardous journey of body liberation, how to take boudoir photos, rape culture, reasons why you should get a kitten, plus size fashion, equality, the complicated relationship many of us have with body hair, feminism rants, why you don't have to be everyone's best friend, and general empowerment.

I do my best to ensure that The Militant Baker is a place in the blogosphere that offers a fresh and colorful perspective on what is presented as normal to those immersed in our gender restrictive, body loathing society. 

My ultimate hope is that through unlearning societal lies that surround the topics mentioned above, individuals will be able to reconnect with themselves, make peace with their bodies (as well as other people’s bodies), work towards personal liberation and ultimately access their best life - whatever this means to them.

When achieved en masse, I can’t help but believe that we will see a shift in our world for the better.


Jes Baker, when not blogging, spends her time speaking, taking pictures in her underwear, writing books, working with clothing companies to promote more plus size fashion, and trying to convince her cats that they like to wear sweaters and bow ties.
  • Jes has worked intimately with several companies to promote positive body image and plus size clothing. Companies include JCPenney, Dia & Co, Yours Clothing, Curvy Girl Lingerie, Fashion to Figure, Copper Union, ModCloth, Hips and Curves, eShakti, SWAK Designs, Lola Getts and many others. If you'd like to collaborate with Jes you can email her at themilitantbaker@gmail.com.
  • As far as her cats go, Jes has had very little luck convincing them to dress like Sherlock Holmes but remains hopeful that copious amounts of treats dispensed carefully will change their mind someday.

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