The Queen's Proclamation

 

 

 

August 2008
News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

I'm just like you, only I'm different because I'm me."
Jim Coleman

As you all know, the basis for this newsletter is to encourage, motivate and educate people on the issues of sizeism. And mostly my subject matter is directed toward negative attitudes regarding fatness. But hopefully the reader has also picked up on the fact that I'm for a person being whatever their size is, naturally.

This "thing" that we have about making everyone a conceived "perfect" size was brought painfully to my attention recently when I read an article titled "Obama May Be Too Thin To Be President." The Wall Street Journal's Amy Chozick warns Barack Obama that he may be too thin to be president.

"'Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough,' Sen. Obama said.

"But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them."
 
Or so suggests the article at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/01/wsj-obama-may-be-too-thin_n_116266.html. So, here again, someone is being judged by their outwardly physical physique.

So Obama is too thin to be president. McCain is too old to be president. I guess Hillary Clinton was too "woman" to be president?

The point is, we're still too busy judging people by their looks instead of who they really are and what they actually stand for.

A Word From Pat

Joe and I kept the grandkids last weekend. We found out that they like to play "Sorry!",  so Joe went out and bought the game Saturday night.

We played a couple of rounds, and I was amazed at the strategy and ability with which Shaun, 8, played  He started second grade this week, and had no problems reading the cards and knowing exactly what to do. Kayla, 5, who started first grade this week, played well but lost interest pretty soon.

But Kayla can catch me totally off guard with her quick thinking and tongue. We were in the car at one point and Joe was giving them a hard time about Walgreens' drug stores, where their dad works. He was saying things like that CVS Pharmacy was a better drug store than Walgreens. Of course Shaun was arguing with him. Then Kayla piped up from the back seat and said, "Pawpaw, Walgreens is where my dad works, so you should be ashamed of yourself!"

My cousin Sheila spent a couple of days with me last week. We scanned and printed out photos of relatives that went back to the 1800s. The interesting thing about these photos, other than being our relatives, was the fact that they were all different sizes and heights, ranging from the short to the tall, from the fat to the skinny, and throwing in some good cases of "average."

Well, my, my! There were even fat folks back then when people worked on farms and didn't have all the fast foods and luxuries that are supposed to be making us fat in these modern days! How can that be?

Speaking of photos, I've added a few of the grand kids at www.myspace.com/bbwnovels.
The only downside to this is that you have to have an account at MySpace in order to see the photos.

Everyone have a wonderful and safe August.

      
                                              Love,

                                                                    Pat

Visit Pat's Place at www.patballard.com | Write me at patballard@bellsouth.net
 

10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) by Pat BallardNew from Pearlsong Press:
Pat's first nonfiction book,

10 Steps to Loving Your Body
(No Matter What Size You Are)


As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.

Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be,
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.


More info at the Pearlsong Press website. (All copies of 10 Steps purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)

Links About The Queen & Her Books

Pat's Place website
The Queen's Blog
About Pat Ballard
Dangerous Curves Ahead
The Best Man
Abigail's Revenge
Wanted: One Groom
Nobody's Perfect
His Brother's Child
A Worthy Heir
Pearlsong Press blog posts about Pat

Weighty Matters

Debunking Obese Stereotypes

By Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
Senior News Editor, PsychCentral.com

New research refutes commonly held stereotypes that overweight workers are lazier, more emotionally unstable and harder to get along with than their "normal weight" colleagues.

With the findings, employers are urged to guard against the use of weight-based stereotypes when it comes to hiring, promoting or firing.

Mark Roehling, a Michigan State University associate professor of human resource management, and two colleagues studied the relationship between body weight and personality traits for nearly 3,500 adults.

Contrary to widely held stereotypes, overweight and obese adults were not found to be significantly less conscientious, less agreeable, less extraverted or less emotionally stable.

The research, done in conjunction with Hope College near Grand Rapids, appears in the current edition of the journal Group & Organization Management.

"Previous research has demonstrated that many employers hold negative stereotypes about obese workers, and those beliefs contribute to discrimination against overweight workers at virtually every stage of the employment process, from hiring to promotion to firing," Roehling said.

"This study goes a step further by examining whether there is empirical support for these commonly held negative stereotypes. Are they based on fact or fiction? Our results suggest that the answer is fiction."

The findings are based on two separate but convergent national studies. Roehling, who's also a lawyer, said the practical implication of the research is that employers should take steps to prevent managers from using weight as a predicator of personality traits when it comes to hiring, promoting or firing. He said such steps could include:

    Adopting a policy that explicitly prohibits the use of applicant or employee weight in employment decisions without a determination that weight is relevant to the job.

    Structuring the interview process to reduce the influence of subjective biases.

    Using validated measures of the specific personality traits that are relevant to the job if personality traits are to be considered in hiring decisions.

    Including weight-based stereotypes as a topic in diversity training for interviewers.

"Employers concerned about the fair and effective management of their work force," Roehling said, "should be proactive in preventing negative stereotypes about overweight workers from influencing employment decisions."

http://psychcentral.com/news/2008/07/21/debunking-obese-stereotypes/2638.html

 

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in
The Queen's Proclamation. Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and email us at proclamation @ pearlsong.com to let us know, and we'll consider yours for inclusion in The QP

The following review of
10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) was posted on the Amazon.com website by Susan Schulherr, author of Eating Disorders for Dummies.


If you're a woman, odds are you're not happy with your body. You probably can't remember when you weren't at war with your belly or your thighs. (Men are beginning to catch up with their own versions of body discontent.) Western culture provides you with a steady stream of images and advice about an often unattainable "right" way to look, feeding your feelings that you just aren't acceptable as you are.

Enter Pat Ballard with 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) to supply a badly needed alternative voice! Ballard's easy-to-read, easy-to-use volume is like having your own personal coach and cheerleader for ending the warfare and making peace with the body you have. She's out in front to show you the way, behind you to nudge you forward, and beside you offering support and encouragement for every step (all 10!) of your journey. She accomplishes this with guidelines (" . . . our bodies know what they want to look like"), worksheets to practice new ways of thinking and behaving (". . .look for 10 good things about [your] body and try to develop them"), and the greatest collection of inspirational quotes for body-love and general self-respect you're likely to find anywhere (for example, from Gloria Steinem, "Each individual woman's body demands to be accepted on it's own terms." Or, from an unknown author, "It's not who you are that holds you back; it's who you think you're not.")

10 Steps is your body's best friend in pocket form. I'm delighted to have it on hand to recommend―personally and professionally―to anyone struggling with body image and the inkling that it's better to embrace than fight the one-and-only body you have.
 

Read a nterview with Pat at The F-word (Food. Fat. Feminism.) blog.

Communicate with Pat via her "Amazon Connect" blog on Amazon.com!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/id/AC8LT66HFJQ1Y/ref=cm_blog_blog/102-0429066-5275365

Pat's romantic suspense novel Abigail's Revenge is featured on the Beautiful Portal website: http://www.beautifulportal.com/news.php?item.900034.8
and has been reviewed by AmaZe eMag:
http://www.venusimaging.com/Magazine/2005/decjanrealistic/jennifer.htm

 An article on Pat has been posted at:
http://eastmanpublishing.com/epextra/articles/eparticle1007.htm.
And an EP Extra review of Abigail's Revenge is posted at
http://eastmanpublishing.com/epextra/articles/eparticle1011.htm 

Look for an interview with Pat on Lonnie Cruse's blog at
http://www.lonniecruse.blogspot.com.

Calendar of Events

New from Pearlsong PressPat's latest (and first nonfiction) book, 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are).

See http://www.pearlsong.com/10steps.htm to order. All copies purchased directly from the Pearlsong Press website will be autographed by the author.

Hear―and see―Pat on the air at Radio Free Nashville! Listen to or download the mp3 recording of Pat's June 23, 2008 guest appearance on the Health At Every Size show with Dr. Peggy Elam on WRFN Radio Free Nashville by going to http://www.healthateverysize.info/2008/06/june-23-2008-he.html.

Pat regularly guests on Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. She's usually in the studio on the fourth Monday of the month. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also now subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player) via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your choice.

Listen to the live broadcasts over the Internet at http://www.radiofreenashville.org/. You can also listen to the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM. It's free for wireless internet enabled phones, but there's a small monthly charge for other phones. See the Health At Every Size show website or the Radio Free Nashville website for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel 10.

For more on the show, check out the show blog at http://www.healthateverysize.info. You can also listen to or download recordings of some of the shows, including several with Pat, at www.pearlsong.com/audio.htm.

You can still hear the taped radio shows from Size Matters with Veronica, WCRS Radio, on Pat's website.

Show #1 discusses Pat's romance novels
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE051.mp3

Show #2 discusses women of size and their sexuality
http://www.wcrsradio.org/RadioStage/size/SIZE052.mp3

And check out the photos from the Nov. 6, 2004 Mississippi Authors Festival that are online at The Queen's Proclamation blog and The Pearlsong Letter blog. (Click on the Mississippi Authors Festival link under the "Photo Albums" heading in the lefthand column of either blog to view the photos.) While you're visiting, post a comment on the blog!
 

Give someone a good read as well as support in loving themselves.
Pat's books make great gifts!

 

Book Contest

Top 100 Women Sites (http://www.top100womensites.com/contest.htm) has been purchased by someone who is in the process of changing the site a little. I'm not sure if he is going to continue featuring the book contest.

I'll keep you informed.
 

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