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superodalisque

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this study flies in the face about what we think we know about fat women and their sexual attractiveness and sexual activity:

OSU study: Heavier women have more sex

http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/article_cde402ea-6016-5164-9dbb-a595a114ed5a.html

Defying stereotypes about overweight women and sexuality, a new study has revealed that obese women actually report more sexual encounters with men than normal-weight women.

The award-winning study, which was released in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was led by Bliss Kaneshiro of University of Hawaii, but also included work by Prof. Marie Harvey of Oregon State University.

Harvey said the study will help health practitioners overcome stereotypes about sexual activity and body type and will hopefully lead to a lowering of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections in overweight women, whom clinicians and doctors may falsely assume are not as sexually active as their thinner counterparts.

"As weight demographics in our country continue to increase, we're thinking about disease prevention and wondering how weight affects sexual behavior," Harvey said.

Kaneshiro was the lead author and used the work for her Masters of Public Health thesis. Harvey was brought in for her expertise on sexuality and reproduction issues.

The study used existing data gathered by the National Survey of Family Growth, and focused on heterosexual, penetrative sexual encounters that could potentially lead to pregnancies or disease transmission. Nearly 8,000 women were involved in the survey.

Harvey admitted that she had preconceived notions about women's weight negatively affecting their sexual encounters, in part based on previous studies which suggested obese women were more impaired in sexual function and quality.

However, the new data clearly revealed that larger body mass does not lower sexual activity. Data revealed that 92 percent of overweight women reported having intercourse with men, while 87 percent of women with normal body mass said the same.

"It goes to the need to approach every woman as you provide prevention programs and services," Harvey said, "to understand that all women are potentially sexually active."

Because the study was based on pre-existing numbers, there were some limitations to the amount and type of data the researchers could use. Harvey would like to see a follow-up study that questioned women more closely about the quality and satisfaction levels of their sexual experiences.

"These are very objective measures," she said of the current data. "It probably begs for more qualitative studies … to better understand the quality of relationships."

This could also help determine whether women were engaging in protective behaviors during their sexual encounters, and could lead to further data that could be used to lower sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
 

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This is an interesting study, not only for what it says, but for what it doesn't say. First off, the study is a report on the percentage of women who say they had sex with a man; this is not necessarily the same as the percentage of women who have had sex with a man. In some communities virgins are looked down on as losers; in others they are highly prized. The attitudes of the community may influence some people's answers; what is the margin of error for this study? Even the language of the report is obscure: the first sentence reports that "obese women report more sexual encounters..." while further on we discover that "92 percent of overweight women reported having intercourse with men..." How did the survey decide who is obese and who is overweight? If they used the BMI, then "obese" and "overweight" refer to two distinct groups. I'm assuming that the 87% and 92% figures refer to any subject who reported ever having sex with a man in her life. Sex with a man? Were there no gay women involved? Or were the subjects not asked about their sexual preference? This might be important for assessing the results. I suspect that at least some of these concerns were addressed in the original article, which I haven't read (but will try to track down). Has anyone seen the original, or has anyone more detailed information about the study?
 

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This study, while general-sounding, is great to read about. It reminds me of an observation made on a blog I read, how while obesity rates in America have risen, the birth rate has risen as well. Looks like people aren't too dissuaded by bigger curves! ;)

Being an SSBBW, I've always been very sexual. I have never been embarrassed by my size, therefore I've never allowed it to limit me sexually. :D :happy:
And this is what I mean when I've said your personality is just plain beautiful, Charlotte. The simple perspective of someone who loves themselves, is something that can be shared and learned.
 

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This is an old study and the way it is presented in the article isn’t exactly accurate. The findings were ultimately used to indicate that fat women engage in unprotected sex more often than thin women, had more unwanted pregnancies and higher rates of STDs. It has been used to smear fat women as being unable to control their impulsivity and makes them look like poor decision makers. It just perpetuates the popular bullshit idea that fat chicks are damaged goods.

Not at all a very flattering picture but what can you expect from the current anti-fat societal climate.
 

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92% of obese women report having sex with men. I believe that I have heard that about 1 in 10 people are homosexual. So the conclusion would seem to be that every hetrosexual and bisexual fat woman is getting (having opportunities to engage in sexual activities with members of the opposite sex.)
 

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Reminded me of an old Canadian study that found women from the Province of Newfoundland were the country's fattest and that they also had the most sex.
 

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Yeah, I was going to say that I never had trouble finding someone to have sex with. :p

Sex is easy. Give me an article that says, "Fat women more likely to be in a long term committed relationship" and then I'll be impressed
 

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I love "shocking" ignorant people with my sex life. Yep, i'm really fat. Yep, I totally get laid all I want. And guess what? I get laid by conventionally attractive people too!
 

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I love "shocking" ignorant people with my sex life. Yep, i'm really fat. Yep, I totally get laid all I want. And guess what? I get laid by conventionally attractive people too!

It's interesting how some folks seem to need the validation of "conventionally attractive people."
 

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Oh, not even the least bit involving validation. Fat people get it hammered into their heads constantly that they can't get attention. much less sex from anyone other than people who are either just looking for an easy fuck,or someone who needs to go through life with a bag over their head. Turns out that we get the so called "acceptably attractive" people too, and not have to look hard for it either.



It's interesting how some folks seem to need the validation of "conventionally attractive people."
 

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Oh, not even the least bit involving validation. Fat people get it hammered into their heads constantly that they can't get attention. much less sex from anyone other than people who are either just looking for an easy fuck,or someone who needs to go through life with a bag over their head. Turns out that we get the so called "acceptably attractive" people too, and not have to look hard for it either.
This!

I have never forgotten this exchange I had a while ago with someone who stated they were an FA, but, I was wayyy too big for his personal tastes but he liked chatting with me anyway. So had some good conversations and then one night we were messaging and I had stated that someone had contacted me, but, I didn't believe we were a good fit for various reasons.

He stated that someone in my position should not be picky - I should take what I can get because in essence I don't really deserve more because you know...what do I expect. I should be more realistic.

I never spoke to him again.

However, yes...my reality from family members time to time, friends, random people online is that I should first be apologetic for wanting to have sex/relationship/dating and secondly - I should take whatever comes along as I have no options.

At work one day I was asked by a young girl (she made disparaging remarks about me constantly and was a member of management - not realizing I have ears) if I was a virgin. I was completely taken aback by the comment, the setting and the tone. She had just finished talking to another group of co-workers (one of them my friend) about me and how no one could possibly ever want to have sex with me because I'm so fat and hideous )...

I finally responded with a loud laugh and I couldn't stop laughing. I think I finally said something like.."Hell no." (I would have dropped the F bomb if not at work) and walked away. She was and is a horses ass.

Honestly, I have made it clear on previous occasions that I have had sex with a lot of skinny, attractive guys because many people do not believe that anyone can find you sexually attractive when you are fat especially if they are what society considers conventionally attractive (there clearly must be something wrong with them).
 

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Oh, not even the least bit involving validation. Fat people get it hammered into their heads constantly that they can't get attention. much less sex from anyone other than people who are either just looking for an easy fuck,or someone who needs to go through life with a bag over their head. Turns out that we get the so called "acceptably attractive" people too, and not have to look hard for it either.
yes exactly. so all of the worries the outside world tries to put on us about being sexually attractive can be put aside and we can concentrate on how we are actually treated. but as with people of other sizes it's of advantage to some to have us feel desperate about our sexual viability and lacking in choices in order to maltreat us and make us easier to take advantage of. there are a lot out there who want us to keep desperately explaining and showing that we are sexually attractive. i think that is done and over. i think a lot of people get that it's more important how the people who are sexually attracted actually treat us. in other words we get the same exact treatment as anyone else who can be objectified and we have their same concerns.
 

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This is an old study and the way it is presented in the article isn’t exactly accurate. The findings were ultimately used to indicate that fat women engage in unprotected sex more often than thin women, had more unwanted pregnancies and higher rates of STDs. It has been used to smear fat women as being unable to control their impulsivity and makes them look like poor decision makers. It just perpetuates the popular bullshit idea that fat chicks are damaged goods.

Not at all a very flattering picture but what can you expect from the current anti-fat societal climate.
as far as studies go this isn't a very old one. in fact if a study is too new there is no chance for follow up information to be collected that can either reinforce or dispute the original conclusions. the point was that the stereotype that fat women probably weren't having sex could lead to them not receiving the clinical attention they needed for prevention and treatment. of course the study wasn't saying yahoo! fat women are sexually attractive. but the result is that it did because in order to have sexual encounters one must be. on a serious note i can say i do know a lot of men who feel that choosing a fat partner is some kind of guarantee of safety when it comes to STDs, but it is not. if we have sex we can get STDs or get pregnant just as anyone else can. therefore we need preventative measures and also thorough diagnostics and not an expectation that we aren't having sex at all and aren't at risk due to social expectations that have absolutely nothing to do with reality.

what is sad to me is there are guys here who are really in disbelief. and what is really shocking is how much they tend to convince themselves that they are the ONLY ones attracted to fat women by believing locker room talk. guys don't often tell other guys the truth about their sex life. and a lot also rely on locker room talk they heard in high school and college before most men have even had that many sexual experiences. men do not have to be fetishists to be attracted to fat women. and the idea that men are not attracted to fat women is more related to media than reality. this isn't the only study by any means that has shown that there is absolutely no relationship between size and sex, and there are also studies out there that show there is no relationship between size and marriage or long term relationships. many of them are in the journal of obesity.
 

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Oh, not even the least bit involving validation. Fat people get it hammered into their heads constantly that they can't get attention. much less sex from anyone other than people who are either just looking for an easy fuck,or someone who needs to go through life with a bag over their head. Turns out that we get the so called "acceptably attractive" people too, and not have to look hard for it either.

When people start going on about how many hot people they've banged its usually because they're looking for validation of some sort. Its usually a certain type of guy going on about how many hot chicks he's had (or could of had if he wanted). When BBWs do this they don't come off looking any better -- IMHO.
 

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As you said, that's your opinion. I and several others have stated how others viewed our chances of even having sex and gave examples as to what we have experienced. It wasn't to crow about us getting hot guys and HELLO not all of us fat girls need FA validation to feel confident. I find if I am an interesting person, then I attract interesting men.


When people start going on about how many hot people they've banged its usually because they're looking for validation of some sort. Its usually a certain type of guy going on about how many hot chicks he's had (or could of had if he wanted). When BBWs do this they don't come off looking any better -- IMHO.
 
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