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"My Daughter Now Asks Me: 'Why Are You Shaving Your Legs?'"

"My Daughter Now Asks Me: 'Why Are You Shaving Your Legs?'"

Update: 2022-10-13


Today’s episode is a delightful conversation with Shelly Anand and Nomi Ellenson, co-authors of the wonderful new picture book I Love My Body Because

If you want more conversations like this one, please rate and review us in your podcast player! And become a paid Burnt Toast subscriber. It's just $5 per month or $50 for the year. Producing a weekly podcast requires a significant investment of time and resources from several talented people. Paid subscriptions make all of our work possible and enable us to offer an honorarium to expert guests, which is key to centering marginalized voices in this space.

And don't forget to preorder Virginia's new book! Fat Talk: Parenting In the Age of Diet Culture comes out April 25, 2023 from Henry Holt. Preorder your signed copy now from Split Rock Books (they ship anywhere in the USA). You can also order it from your independent bookstore, or from Barnes & NobleAmazonTarget, Kobo or anywhere you like to buy books.

Disclaimer: Virginia is a journalist and human with a lot of informed opinions. Virginia is not a nutritionist, therapist, doctor, or any kind of health care provider. The conversation you're about to hear and all of the advice and opinions she gives are just for entertainment, information, and education purposes only. None of this is a substitute for individual medical or mental health advice.


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Shelley's first book Laxmi’s Mooch

Erika Medina, illustrator of I Love My Body Because

Roxane Gay's book Hunger

Sonya Renee Taylor's book, The Body Is Not an Apology

Tyler Feder

Nabela Noor (Beautifully Me)

More body positive picture books

 studies on representation of kids of color in children's books

Nomi's Butter: The Cycles Journal


The Burnt Toast Podcast is produced and hosted by Virginia Sole-Smith. Follow Virginia on Instagram or Twitter.Burnt Toast transcripts and essays are edited and formatted by Corinne Fay, who runs @SellTradePlus, an Instagram account where you can buy and sell plus size clothing.The Burnt Toast logo is by Deanna Lowe.Our theme music is by Jeff Bailey and Chris Maxwell.Tommy Harron is our audio engineer.Thanks for listening and for supporting independent anti-diet journalism.

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"My Daughter Now Asks Me: 'Why Are You Shaving Your Legs?'"

"My Daughter Now Asks Me: 'Why Are You Shaving Your Legs?'"

Virginia Sole-Smith