Writer and script coordinator, Caroline Anderson chats with Jana about her sobriety, her approach to fat acceptance, and her journey toward mental health. Also, Jana asks listeners to contribute their experiences with representation and how lack of representation has affected our lives.
Caroline Anderson, is a script coordinator for the show Corporate on Comedy Central and she also does her own writing about bodies which you can read HERE. She moved to LA six years ago from Houston, Texas with a Walmart wardrobe which she says describes were her fashion choices growing poor in Texas. Caroline's style was forever changed when a colleague gave her a gift card to Mod Cloth. Her and Jana bitch about denim, style options as a woman of size, and our entrances into plus size fashion.
Jana asks Caroline a million questions about what it's like to have a boyfriend because Jana's boyfriend experiences suuuuuuuuuck. Caroline's boyf is one of those rare men who follows his attraction to women of size. Shout out, Vince! Caroline also regales Jana with tales about henpecking Vince with love and compassion because men are not immune to body shame. Also, Caroline illuminates that she's never gotten resistance from men about her body shape or size throughout her "hoe days." Caroline discusses speaking up in the writing room on tv shows and advocating for sensitive language and jokes so as to protect the audience.
Do you prefer counter service or not? The two discuss their love and phobias about ordering food at restaurants and how eating publicly as a woman of size comes with so much baggage.
Jana goes in again on American Airlines and how she was unable to buckle her seatbelt. She can't get over it. And Caroline describes the maneuvering she undergoes at Disneyland and small restaurants to fit into spaces.
Caroline articulates the process of finding a connection to her body through adult ballet and the mental preparation required to do ballet in front of a mirror. She is full of wisdom about the mental connection she has built with her own body and how to be in acceptance of our bodies in a world that teaches us we oughta love our bodies to death or hate them. Jana and Caroline delve into the body types of their families and how Caroline's grandmother used to buy her contouring makeup for holidays. Sound familiar? They talk about the different generational approaches to psychology and body image and how sympathetic they both feel for their mothers' generations.
Caroline's life has been changed through sobriety and treating mental illness through recovery systems and her eloquence around recovery, therapy and mental health is inspiring.
Caroline's One Cool Thing is the app Animal Crossing Pocket Camp for the iPhone, an addicting game where you do favors for animal friends. Jana's One Cool Thing is that movie Jim and Andy, where Jim Carrey walks around the set of Man on the Moon and exerts his white male privilege over other willing and unwilling famous people like Danny DeVito and Courtney Love. Caroline and Jana also discuss Beanie Feldstein's storyline and incredible performance as the chubby friend in the film Ladybird. Go Beanie! We love you!
Caroline is going to get invited back on the podcast to discuss her love of comics and fat representation in comics because as soon as they try to wrap up the conversation, Caroline starts dropping all kinds of dope comic recommendations for women of size, like Faith for example. Also, Caroline wants to give some love to Cass Elliot or "Mama Cass" who she's been having a moment with, so if you haven't praised her yet, watch her shine: youtu.be/jtcMPVzuF5A?t=40s.
This week, Jana put a call out to listeners to send in their letters and voice notes about how representation or lack thereof in our media diets or professional lives affects us. Contributors really showed up and we hear from several different people including Lakota TV writer, Lucas Brown Eyes.
Woman of Size is celebrating Black History Month, and this week's spotlight goes to culture writer and editor at Bitch Media, Evette Dionne. Please send in your voice notes with love, shout outs, and follows for Black artists, thinkers, leaders, organizers, and let's amplify the work of Black folks in our communities! Happy Black History Month!
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