What Love Is: My review of Carrie Jenkins' book (+bonus story about mutual fangirling!)

I've mentioned it several times here, but I finally need to write my official review of Carrie Jenkins' What Is Love: And What Could It Be. I started reading the book in March and immediately adored it… not because I agreed with everything, but because it's so interesting to watch someone apply their super analytic, logic-based brain skills (the author's background is in the philosophy of MATH, for fuck's sake) to something as squishy like love and relationship structures.

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How I used existentialism to become body positive

I'm a body positive activist and plus-size model, and people ask me daily for advice on how to become comfortable with themselves. My approach to body positivity is a perspective that I've never really seen talked about in-depth in body positive circles. And it all stems unexpectedly from existential nihilism.

So, you want to love yourself? Here's how I used existentialism to become body positive…

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What the Germans can teach us about embracing negativity

I didn't realize until years after I moved back to the States, but the German outlook suits my personal view of life much better than the American one. I admire their unapologetic skill in taking the bad with the good. That means that negativity is not only normal, but totally healthy from their perspective!

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A tragedy survivor's 9 keys to happiness

I've survived a lot: a tragic house fire, multiple severe car accidents, abuse as a child, multiple suicide attempts, my biological mother abandoned me, etc. I have a learning disability and other mental illnesses, as well as a very rare, incurable bone disease.

Given all I've been through, you'd think I'd be miserable. Quite the opposite, however. My keys to happiness are simple…