For Lindy West, striving to make being fat acceptable and less hostile is more or less her mission in life. She is an immensely talented writer, but probably her biggest obsession is to show off her oversize and insist that all women of oversize are treated with the respect they deserve. Call her the defender of the right of everyone, in whatever body they may live, and you will not be far from the truth.
Lindy West Biography
Lindy West is an American activist, writer, and comedian. She was born on March 9, 1982. She is traditionally from Seattle, Washington. Lindy is the daughter of a nurse named Ingrid and her father Paul West, who was a musician. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
She began her professional career in 2009, working as a film editor for the alternative weekly newspaper The Stranger in Seattle. Lindy moved to Los Angeles in 2011, but she did not stop writing for the stranger until September 2012.
After moving to Los Angeles, she started working as an editor for Jezebel, where she started writing about racism, fat shame, and sexism. Her work for Jezebel received rave reviews and major publications and was published in the Daily Telegraph, New York Daily News, and GQ, among others.
In 2013 she was recognized and honored when she won the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award, presented to her in New York City by Jane Fonda. On September 19, 2015, she co-founded “Shout Your Abortion”. Shout Your Abortion” is a social media campaign in which people share their experiences online without “shame, grief or regret” with the aim of putting an end to shame. The campaign was a reaction to the efforts of the United States government to defend planned parenthood.
In 2016, she received further recognition for her book Shrill: Notes of a Noisy Woman when she won The Stranger’s Genius Award. Later, on July 1, 2017, she became the New York Times’ new opinion writer after writing two columns for the Times in 2016, focusing on popular culture, feminism, social equality and justice, and body images.
In her book, she explained in detail society’s fixation on thin women. It is a critique of the popular perception (fuelled by the media) in modern society that thin women are more attractive. She also goes further and explains why she prefers to be fat and fat than thin. West also said this about fat female models, recalling that as a child she had never seen anyone even remotely like her on television, in the cinema, in video games, in children’s theatre, or anywhere else in my field of vision.
She joked that there were simply no young, funny, capable, strong, strong, good, fat girls. She said a fat man can be Tony Soprano, he can be Dan from Roseanne (still my No.1 celebrity crush), and he can be John Candy, funny without being a human wink. But fat women were sexless mothers, pathetic punch lines, or cruel villains.
Lindy West married on July 11, 2015; she married the musician and author Ahamefule J. Oluo, the younger brother of the writer and activist Ijeoma Oluo from Seattle.
Her husband Oluo is a mixed-breed child whose father is a Nigerian immigrant, while his mother is an American from Kansas. He is a comedian who has worked closely with comedian Hari Kondabolu, who called him “my great friend and writing partner” in 2010. Oluo has performed as a trumpet player and has performed with many prominent and famous groups of musicians, including Das Racist, Wayne Horvitz, Hey Marseille, Julian Priester, and Macklemore.
Ahamefule is currently a member of the jazz quartet Industrial Revelation. He is also the winner of the Stranger Genius Award 2014. Other members of the quartet include D’Vonne Lewis, who played drums, Evan Flory-Barnes, who plays bass, and Josh Rawlings, who plays keyboards. He also received more recognition in 2012 when he was elected the first artist-in-residence at Seattle’s Town Hall.
Facts You Must Know About Lindy West
- In January 2107, Lindy West deactivated her Twitter account in “protest” against the unwillingness of social networks to take action against the use of the platform by right-wing extremist movements to spread hate, racism, and anti-Semitism.
- Lindy is the author of Shrill: Notes of a loud woman.