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Littleghost

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Sometimes while they're busy plumbing the depths of the ocean, finding new subatomic particles and discovering new alloys, scientists sometimes stumble upon stuff everybody else already knew, like yes, toast does land more often buttered side down. Here's an article not only about those strange creatures 'FA's, but also how they have a broader range... a wider... a more diverse range of attraction. :p

Some Men Prefer Fat Women

Livescience.com said:
Describe the perfect woman. Is she blonde, or brunette? Petite, or tall? Slender — or fat?

For a certain subset of the male population — referred to in the scientific community as "fat admirers" — overweight women are the ideal. And a recent study, published in The Journal of Sex Research, finds that not only do FAs prefer overweight women, but that they also find a wider range of body sizes attractive than other men do.

The study asked two groups of men — those who were scouted at FA events, and those who did not identify with the subculture — to rate black-and-white photographs of 10 female body types. Both groups were asked which figure they desired the most, as well as the largest and thinnest figures that they found attractive.

The FAs were most attracted to the photo of a woman with a body mass index of 29.24. BMIs are computed by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a body mass index of 25 to 29.9 qualifies a person as overweight, while those who are obese have a BMI of 30 or higher. For example, a 5’6” woman at 155 pounds is overweight, and is obese at 190 pounds. (To find your BMI using metric measurements, use the CDC’s calculator.

Furthermore, the study found that FAs considered a wider range of figures to be appealing, including those of two emaciated women (with BMIs lower than 15).

Viren Swami, a psychology professor at England's University of Westminster and a lead researcher on the study, says that these findings suggest a rejection of the "sociocultural norms of attractiveness."
"Most [FAs] understand that their ideals of beauty are not 'mainstream,' but I don't think it's really perceived as something rebellious," Swami told LiveScience. "'Natural' is a word that often crept up in my conversations with FAs, i.e., they viewed their preferences as normal; it was just that mainstream society didn't 'accept' those ideals."

The control group, meanwhile, supported those conventional ideals, finding the figure with a BMI of 18.45 — which, technically, qualifies as underweight — the most attractive. They also rated the overweight and obese images more negatively overall than the FAs did.

FAs might be fighting stereotypes, but do they concern themselves with the weight-related health issues that come along with that resistance? "For some, [health] didn't matter," Swami says. "Others are more strongly involved with fat acceptance movements, and are trying to redefine what is meant by 'healthy.'"

Obesity as healthy? Fat chance.

Not a great article, they get their little potshot in at the end, :rolleyes: but interesting.
 

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Oh yeah look at those sick fucks who love obviously unhealthy women.

Now even our tastes are being quantified in numbers!
 

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referred to in the scientific community as "fat admirers"

Really? :confused:
 

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hahaha! nice use of the Basically Meaningless index there too... :rolleyes:
 

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FAs discovered, Bigfoot not far behind.
Methinx I got that in reverse order, but all's well that ends well. ;)

In junior high the other kids called me cute names like Suzy Bigfoot; it wasn't funny then, but it sure is funny now. :rolleyes:

In college I discovered a guy who wasn't an FA then, but he sure is an FA now. :)

Thus my lifelong FA-in-Training discovered he likes Suzy Bigfoot's fat behind. :smitten:
 

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Methinx I got that in reverse order, but all's well that ends well. ;)

In junior high the other kids called me cute names like Suzy Bigfoot; it wasn't funny then, but it sure is funny now. :rolleyes:

In college I discovered a guy who wasn't an FA then, but he sure is an FA now. :)

Thus my lifelong FA-in-Training discovered he likes Suzy Bigfoot's fat behind. :smitten:

Sue I've always wondered about the overuse of this word :confused:
 

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Sue I've always wondered about the overuse of this word :confused:

It's usually evidence of too much time spent at Renn Faires or theatre groups. :p

Screw you, spell check. I'll spell theatre the British way if I want to.

joswitch said:
hahaha! nice use of the Basically Meaningless index there too... :rolleyes:

Yeah, I liked how it all had to be pointlessly quantified in order to prove it existed. :D Is BMI the new 'must-have' stat for FAs? :p
"It's for, y'know, research."
 

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Note that the body rated as most attractive by the control group was also considered "overweight." I suspect that Jayne Mansfield (I'm thinking of her early films) would now be considered fat by the food police and the fashion-fags, even with that inhumanly tiny waist.
 

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Note that the body rated as most attractive by the control group was also considered "overweight."

No. Go back and read. If that fails, see following.

The control group, meanwhile, supported those conventional ideals, finding the figure with a BMI of 18.45 — which, technically, qualifies as underweight — the most attractive. They also rated the overweight and obese images more negatively overall than the FAs did.
 
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Well I guess that it is good news is that we have been scientifically proven to exist. Unfortunately, this did not make up for the fact that they kneed us in the privates on the last paragraph.

FAs might be fighting stereotypes, but do they concern themselves with the weight-related health issues that come along with that resistance? "For some, [health] didn't matter," Swami says. "Others are more strongly involved with fat acceptance movements, and are trying to redefine what is meant by 'healthy.'"

Obesity as healthy? Fat chance.

I guess all those studies proving that obesity is not a deadly as we thought, are not enough to prove anything to her.

Please post you comment on the site.
 

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I think further sex research should be conducted on this topic! ;)

Honestly, I think we had a couple polls not altogether different to this study right here on Dimensions in the early days of the new forum...
 

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Sometimes while they're busy plumbing the depths of the ocean, finding new subatomic particles and discovering new alloys, scientists sometimes stumble upon stuff everybody else already knew, like yes, toast does land more often buttered side down. Here's an article not only about those strange creatures 'FA's, but also how they have a broader range... a wider... a more diverse range of attraction. :p

Some Men Prefer Fat Women



Not a great article, they get their little potshot in at the end, :rolleyes: but interesting.

I loved this a lot until that shit at the end. It's amazing to me how many objectively-reported articles in major journalistic outlets are permitted to break code and turn op-ed in the case of fat.

Like, it's fine that you think we're some nutty science-rejecting cult or whatever but you're supposed to let us hang ourselves with quotes. You can't just drop in at the end of an interview piece and make your last sentence "Boy, what a moron."
 

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Too bad this didn't happen 30 years earlier. FAs and FFAs could have had a whole episode of Leonard Nimoy's "In Search of"
 

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