BIO

Christine Schoenwald is a writer, comedian, spoken word diva, and cat lover. She has a degree in Theater Arts and pursued a career in comedy and improv at places like The Groundlings, ACME Comedy Theater, and Bang Comedy Studio before discovering her love for personal narrative/storytelling… well,  that and the fact that she never developed that tough skin that actors are supposed to have or the desire to go on auditions.

Her writing has appeared in SalonThe Los Angeles Times, Purple CloverBustleRole Reboot, XoJane, and she’s a regular contributor to Your Tango. She’s performed in storytelling/personal essay shows such as Bawdy StorytellingThe P.E.Z. Show, Tasty WordsTaboo Tales, and many others. Her story Stinkos was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

For more information, please visit Christineschoenwaldwriter.com.

Christine Schoenwald's Articles

I still went to the painful place of being fat-shamed and decided that was why he had refused to kiss me.

Is It Because I'm Fat? How Internalized Shame Impacts Intimacy

I still went to the painful place of being fat-shamed and decided that was why he had refused to kiss me. The pain never fully went away.
Christine Schoenwald    |   08.31.18 12am   |   SHARE
One of the reasons that narcissists are so troubling is their lack of compassion and awareness regarding how their behavior affects other people.

Are Fat Women Easy Targets For Narcissists? ​

One of the reasons that narcissists are so troubling is their lack of compassion and awareness regarding how their behavior affects other people.
Christine Schoenwald    |   08.24.18 12am   |   SHARE
A woman’s sexuality, especially a fat woman’s sexuality makes some people feel extremely uncomfortable, so they try to erase fat sexuality.

The Right To Be Sexual At Any Size ​

A woman’s sexuality, especially a fat woman’s sexuality makes some people feel extremely uncomfortable, so they try to erase fat sexuality.
Christine Schoenwald    |   08.6.18 12am   |   SHARE
Fat camp would be a piece of cake — that I wouldn’t be allowed to eat.

I'm A Fat Camp Survivor ​

I’m a survivor — of fat camp. How terrible could a weight-loss camp be? Well, it was bad enough that I’m still dealing with its after-effects decades later.
Christine Schoenwald    |   07.16.18 12am   |   SHARE
I’m fat, but I have no fat friends.

I'm Fat And I Wish I Had Fat Friends 

I’m fat, but I have no fat friends. It’s not that all my friends are height-weight appropriate — it’s just that I can’t describe them as fat.
Christine Schoenwald    |   06.27.18 12am   |   SHARE
A sad fact: Many men who are sexually attracted to fat women are ashamed of it.

Men Who Want Sex With Fat Women But Won't Date Them

A sad fact: Many men who are sexually attracted to fat women are ashamed of it. We need to talk about men who want sex with fat women but won't date them.
Christine Schoenwald    |   05.23.18 12am   |   SHARE
As a fat person, the thought that I’m already taking up too much space and that it would be selfish to ask for more is always in the back of my mind.

Why Is It So Hard For Me To Ask For More As A Fat Person?

As a fat person, the thought that I’m already taking up too much space and that it would be selfish to ask for more is always in the back of my mind.
Christine Schoenwald    |   04.11.18 12am   |   SHARE
There was a part of me that I wanted them to know that while I was fat, I wasn’t that fat.

Face To Face With My Own Fatphobia 

Now I know that just because I’m fat doesn’t mean that I don’t have moments of fatphobia. My own fatphobia has taught me a lot.
Christine Schoenwald    |   04.3.18 12am   |   SHARE
When the formerly fat spoke of their hardships, I didn’t take them seriously.

Are Formerly Fat People More Fatphobic Than Other People?     

When the formerly fat spoke of their hardships, I didn’t take them seriously. I thought that without the problem of weight, their lives must be perfect.
Christine Schoenwald    |   01.5.18 12am   |   SHARE
Weighing someone with witnesses isn’t just an evasion of privacy; it’s embarrassing.

I Don't Want Witnesses When I'm Weighed

I know there are far worse injustices happening in the world, but getting weighed in front of people smacks of fat-shaming, and feels incredibly invasive.
Christine Schoenwald    |   12.20.17 12am   |   SHARE