this is my san valentine’s day card for all my friends :)
This is a special piece of clothing I want to share with every bully in my past that told me my belly was disgusting because it sagged. To every department store clerk that squinted their eyes as I gazed upon their options. This is for the media that told me and girls like me that only Photoshop could make us half-way decent.
This is my dedication to every asshole that told me in order to be desired I’d have to drop a hundred pounds. And to those that shared their concern because of my lazy lifestyle and poor health decisions. To every rat in high school that laughed at me because fat people aren’t suppose to be loved, they’re only meant to be an example of what not to become.
Most importantly this is for me. This is for past me, present me, and even old future me. I want my past to know that I’ll never allow those feelings and sickening thoughts of hate enter this body again. For the present, I want you to have fun with this body and don’t let it limit you. And for my future self, I want you to have the comfort of knowing that no matter how many years pass you’re going to feel great about this body.
To the bullies, disgusted store clerks, garbage media, assholes, and the high school rats, I want to give you the most pleasant ‘fuck you’ by showing you just how wrong you were. I’m fucking amazing. My body is fucking amazing. And it’s here to stay. Fat and glorious.
Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.