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Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance

Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.

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The other day I went shopping with my mother. We went to one of Canada's national automotive/hardware stores. There were turnstyles you had to walk through to get into the store. Well obviously I am way too big to get through a turnstyle so I looked for an alternative. There was a gate that I assume was for people with strollers or wheelchairs. No problem, I'll just go through that.

It was locked!! And there was a sign saying to go to Customer Service for assistance. What?!?! Needless to say I was confused and definitely pissed. It's embarassing enough to not be able to go through a turnstyle with everyone else but to have to go to customer service and say "Can you unlock the gate cause I'm too big for the turnstyle" was too much for me. The hell with that, I ducked under the bar for pushing the carts back into the store.

But this stuck with me. Why, in this day and age, are they still using turnstyles? I sent an email to their corporate office but have not yet heard any response.

Written by: Sue Carter, Managing Editor, SSBBW Magazine

SSBBW Magazine is sponsoring a child...

World VisionMatetaThrough World Vision Canada, SSBBW Magazine is sponsoring 5 year old Mateta Nsimba from Democratic Republic of Congo. Mateta Nsimba was born the same month as our magazine (February). Mateta lives with her parents in a poor area. Her father is self-employed but his earnings are barely enough to provide for his family. Her mother stays at home caring for her family. As we receive updates on Mateta Nsimba we will post them here for all of you. If you want to help towards the cost of sponsorship or to help us purchase gifts for other communities in need around the world be it water filters, goats, or even soccer balls then please click on the PayPal button below.

Each month we'll list those who contributed to this great cause. If you do not wish your name to be posted please email us at Thank you.

October 2009 - Thank you to Mary C. for her donation of $20 towards our sponsored child.

November 2009 UPDATE - We received a letter from Mateta,

"Dear Sponsor,

Thank you for accepting me as your sponsored girl. I am Nsimba Mateta, I live with my parents, my brothers and my sister. I like eating chicken with rice and playing with my dolls. As I can't yet write a letter by myself, Mu. Lucien Pongo, member of the local structure of management has helped me but I make a drawing for you. How do you like it? Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Your sponsored girl, Nsimba Mateta

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