Though the media often likes to portray the sexuality of overweight women as a joke and/or a sideshow, a new study shows that overweight women are actually having more heterosexual sex than women of "normal" weight. Researchers at the University of Hawaii and Oregon State studied data from the the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and looked at BMI range and sexual behavior. They found that "Ninety-two percent of overweight women reported having a history of sexual intercourse with a man, as opposed to 87 percent of women with a normal body mass index." Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro of the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii says, "These results were unexpected and we don't really know why this is the case."Though the explanation may be unclear, this research is the epitome of a "no shit" study to many female bloggers in the Fatosphere. Kate Harding at fat acceptance blog Shapely Prose posted an awesome rant about attractiveness earlier this year, and how unfortunate and untrue the equation thin = sexually attractive is. Kate writes:
The world is not full of Attractive People and Unattractive People. It's full of people who are attractive to some and not to others. I hear from trolls all the time who complain that they don't want to be "forced" to find nasty, ugly fat women attractive–which utterly baffles me, since the last thing I want to do is encourage fat-hating dicks to date fat women. You don't find fat people attractive? Fabulous. Don't date them. I will find a way to pick myself up and move on without your love. But to assume your lack of sexual interest in fat chicks must be universal–or that the mere existence of self-confident fat people having healthy relationships somehow "forces" you to find fat attractive–is the height of fucking narcissism.
Rant on! It's sort of bizarre to me that researchers would choose to study this in the first place. "This study indicates that all women deserve diligence in counseling on unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention, regardless of body mass index," Dr. Kaneshiro said. Uh, no shit? I mean, did they really need to do a study to prove that all women need to learn about their bodies, even if they're fat? I guess when the news "World's heaviest man marries in Mexico" makes headlines the world over, many people are still baffled by the idea that fat and sexuality can go together. Overweight Women have More Sex [UPI] In Which I Ramble About Attraction [Shapely Prose] Earlier: Tyra Tackles The Weighty Issue Of Fatsploitation