Wasat Girl: The Fat Side of Life

Love, InshAllah


A “Wasat Girl” embraces being in-between multiple cultures, because this transcultured space is  globalism living out loud. It was where culture happens, the place of power, that middle space – “wasat” culture.

Being a wasat girl is a cultural force, but there is a unique type of Third Space reserved for the overweight, the fat girls. If you grow up large, your life may be like crouching in a crevice, like in a fat roll, where you assume a type of invisibility even while knowing that people notice far more of you than they do the smaller folk. You are both inside and outside of public space: there is the sexual invisibility, the social biases, and sometimes, there is internal self-loathing because you feel that you will never measure up to Pretty Girl Space. You know that your girth enters the room before you do.

During the first few years…

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One response to “Wasat Girl: The Fat Side of Life”

  1. […] I went home and sent an email to my husband three thousand miles away with a simple utterance: I can’t do this anymore.  I admit that ghosts, a dead poet and a tattooed professor played significant roles in my decision to leave. Mystical happenings dealt a hand, as well, yet a real abyss loomed that included no job, zero financial assets, and a lifetime weighted down with insecurities that made me feel flawed and unlovable. […]

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