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

My candy addiction is real and the holidays are hard.

The Holidays Are The Worst Time Of Year For My Candy Addiction

My candy addiction is always with me, but the period between Halloween and New Years is the most challenging time of year.
Christine Schoenwald    |   10.31.17 12am   |   SHARE
This is my story of growing up in a fatphobic household.

Growing Up In A Fatphobic Household

I grew up in a fatphobic household — one that was created by my mother’s fear of getting and staying fat.
Christine Schoenwald    |   09.13.17 12am   |   SHARE
I can’t be fat-incognito any longer; it’s exhausting and pointless.

Coming Out As Fat

Before I started to write for Ravishly, I never used the word fat, and I rarely mentioned by body-type. But since then, I’ve tried to be more honest and have worked towards self-acceptance which... Read...
Christine Schoenwald    |   08.23.17 12am   |   SHARE
We all want someone who will appreciate our curves, voluptuousness, strength, and beauty without fetishizing us.

I'm Fat, I'm Fabulous, But I'm Not Your Fetish

We all want someone who will appreciate our curves, voluptuousness, strength, and beauty without fetishizing us. I’m fat, I’m fabulous, but I’m not your fetish.
Christine Schoenwald    |   07.18.17 12am   |   SHARE
No matter where I am weight-wise, this isn’t a fat suit that I can take off, and I can’t rely on it to keep me safe — that’s something I have to do for myself.

My Fat Doesn't Protect Me; I Have To Do That For Myself

Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate based on body weight, and none of us should take our safety for granted. My fat doesn't protect me.
Christine Schoenwald    |   07.10.17 12am   |   SHARE
A therapist once told me that my ability to live in a place of constant fear was impressive, but it’s taken its toll.

My Fear And Anxiety Threesome

I’m in an ongoing threesome with fear and anxiety.
Christine Schoenwald    |   05.5.17 12am   |   SHARE

I'm Fat-Shaming My Cat And It Needs To Stop

The truth is, we want our cats fat and our women skinny.
Christine Schoenwald    |   01.18.17 12am   |   SHARE
I imagine he was surprised that a woman of my size had kicked his ass in our (previously unbeknownst to me) competition.

I'm Done Trying To Be The Perfect Fat Person

Some of our happiest moments are those when we think that no one is watching: when we sing at the top of our lungs in our cars, or we dance down the frozen-food aisle of the supermarket allowing... Read...
Christine Schoenwald    |   01.5.17 12am   |   SHARE
"When my body cried and begged me to be kinder to it, I ignored its requests for compassion and continued to beat myself up." Image: Thinkstock

I Was My Body's Bully

“You’re fat and ugly,” I’d hear, or, “Look at your stomach, it’s disgusting!” This wasn’t a neighborhood bully taunting me on my way to school — this is what I said to myself all day long, well into... Read...
Christine Schoenwald    |   08.16.16 12am   |   SHARE
I wasn’t just wearing a swimsuit; I was moving in one. Image: Thinkstock.

How I Overcame My Swimsuit Phobia And Learned To Appreciate My Body

My swimsuit phobia started in middle school — that breeding ground of body shame and fear. One minute I’m a kid excitedly putting on my pink two-piece and running into the ocean, the next, I’m... Read...
Christine Schoenwald    |   07.1.16 12am   |   SHARE