The Sugars explore the fraught relationship between body image and romance.
In one letter, a married woman reconsiders her priorities after losing 100 pounds. In another, a young man wants his girlfriend to lose weight, but does not understand why she’s so upset when he broaches the subject.
They’re joined by the writer Lindy West, who has much to say on what it means to be a fat woman in our society.
[0:01] “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl,” Nina Simone, 1967.
[3:53] Lindy West, personal website. (Editor’s note: Lindy has a memoir, Shrill, to be published in May 2016.)
[6:14] “Grief becomes her,” Cheryl Strayed, “Torch,” 2002.
[46:25] “Work That,” Mary J. Blige, “Growing Pains,” 2015.
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