18 years old & contemplating suicide
July 12, 2015
Dr. Doris Grinspun
Dr. Doris Grinspun
September 1, 2015

Jill Andrews


Many years ago, Jill went to the subway and boarded a train. Moment later a man with a dog boarded the same train and sat beside her. Jill was terrified of his dog and shifted a little to give way for the man and his dog. The man sat beside Jill and began squeezing Jill against the corner and at the same time he opened his mouth and shouted at Jill saying “if you weren’t such a big black fat bitch, you wouldn’t be afraid of my dog”
Everyone on board the cabin started to laugh at her.

Jill felt very embarrassed and said she didn’t mind being called Black because she already knew she was black, the bitch word didn’t bother her too much either, but what really bothered Jill was the word “Fat”.

In addition to Jill’s experience, fat and thin people get bullied every day; for fat people it is especially when they are running or jogging at the park, trying to do something about their weight.

This might seems upsetting but very real. A lot of times people assume that fat shaming has became a thing of the past, but that’s not true. Society still treats anyone who’s overweight like they are invisible. This needs to stop. Comments like these might put a person less confident off from wanting to run or get on public transportation, and that is shameful.

No one should tolerate and succumbs to being bullied because of your body type. Fat is just a description and not a prescription or an invitation to hate, ridicule nor assault against fat bodies; and certainly not an excuse to make judgment about health and morality. (Andrews)

Fortunately, fat and thin people are among one of the finest and most achieved individuals in the world. They can gain and lose weight, but some people who bully them will always be a**holes and can’t lose a sh*tty personality.

Who is this Jill Today that was bullied and laughs at?

We are proud to say Jill Andrew PhD(c.), is an award-winning columnist and international speaker often quoted by the media on women and girls body image, self esteem, race & representation, and empowerment. Jill’s appeared on CityTV, CTV, Global, CP24, MTV, CBC Radio, BBC, now The Awareness Show. Jill founded & produced Toronto’s first ‘diverse bodies’ fashion fundraiser: Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser (2006) curating local fashion designers, retailers, and styling diverse models from plus size, petite, dis/abled and Deaf communities to participate front and centre in various shows over the years. Jill’s other projects have included Dining with Dames Girls Leadership Series, BITE ME! Toronto Int’l Body Image Film & Arts Festival ( & Girls’ YouthZone), the annual Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs), Fat in the City, and her guest lectures across colleges, universities and organizations locally and abroad. In 2010,

Jill was 1 of 120 Canadian women selected to participate in then Governor General’s inaugural Conference on the Security of Women at Rideau Hall and was also one of the chosen Declaration writers.

Jill’s doctoral research documents and analyzes girls and women’s complex body stories on how we learn, resist, and accommodate normalized body and ‘beauty’ ideals. Her academic distinctions include CERLAC, Soroptimist Foundation of Canada, Patrick Solomon Urban Diversity scholarships and awards, and being named an Alumna of Distinction by Humber College’s School of Social & Community Services.

Jill has also penned columns in GRAND Woman Magazine, Metro Newspaper, Vervegirl, tonightnews among others, and has received Canadian Ethnic Media Association and the Michele Landsberg Media Activism awards for her efforts. She is excited to start her new column “THIS Abject Body” with THIS Magazine . Jill is co-editing an anthology on body image and continues to work on The Fat Monologues. She is still the world’s biggest cat lover and dreams of a world where women and girls can dream and conquer their worlds unapologetically!
Hum! The list goes on and on and on.

I bet you would want to know how Jill responded to the man who poured a sexiest, racist siziest attack on her. The episode is coming soon.

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