I'm Jes Baker. I'm an author, international speaker and blogger with a background in mental health where I've worked as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, Arizona state credentialed Peer Support Specialist and Educator. I'm also a cat lover, ALL CAPS user, unabashed fat chick and an enormous proponent of harnessing the magnificent power of shame resilience!

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

My passion lies in working towards turning our cultural concept of 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 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 in our trauma based and body loathing society. 

My ultimate hope is that through unlearning societal lies that surround the topics mentioned above, we will all be able to reconnect with ourselves, make peace with our bodies (as well as other people’s bodies), work towards personal liberation and ultimately access our own best life - something that is individually defined and serves you.

When liberation is achieved en masse, I believe that we will see a meaningful shift in our world that will create healing spaces that are accessible to all.

Welcome, welcome, WELCOME!

The Militant Baker garners has been covered hundreds of times by the biggest media platforms including BBC, CNN, Today Show, ABC, Huffington Post, Yahoo, People, Cosmo, Self Magazine, Time, Upworthy, Buzzfeed, New York Magazine, Bust, Bitch and other outlets that both simultaneously surprised Jes and made her 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, coping tools to use while in crisis, how to take boudoir photos, rape culture, reasons why you should get a kitten, plus size fashion, equality, why you don't have to be everyone's best friend and general empowerment.


When not blogging, Jes happily spends her time working one-on-one with other kick-ass humans as a Body Image and Mental Health coach, speaking around the world, working with clothing companies to promote more plus size fashion, taking pictures in her underwear, and trying to convince her cats that they like to wear sweaters and bow ties.
  • Jes has presented about the importance of body love at TedxTucson and regularly travels around the world (including Paris, Helsinki and Canada) to speak to audiences on similar topics. If you'd like Jes to speak at your event or college, you can find more information here.
  • Jes is the author of two books: Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, a bestselling 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.
  • Jes has worked intimately with several companies to promote positive body image and plus size clothing. Companies include JCPenney, Dia & Co, Yours Clothing, Universal Standard,  ModCloth, Hips and Curves, eShakti, SWAK Designs, Curvy Girl Lingerie, Fashion to Figure, Copper Union, 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.

Jes Baker is a positive, progressive, and magnificently irreverent thought leader in the realm of self-love, mental health advocacy, and body image. 

She is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog The Militant Baker, the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, her literary debut Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls and her dedication to shifting social paradigms into a place where all people are offered the opportunity to embrace themselves just as they are. Baker first attracted international attention with her “Attractive and Fat” campaign challenging Abercrombie and Fitch’s exclusionary tactics. Her work has drawn coverage across the world from hundreds of media outlets including CNN, The Today Show, and the BBC.

When not writing about body liberation, Jes happily spends her time working one-on-one with other kick-ass humans as a Body Image and Mental Health coach, speaking around the world, working with clothing companies to promote more plus size fashion, taking pictures in her underwear, and trying to convince her cats that they like to wear sweaters and bow ties.

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