I’m pretty much just lifting this post wholesale from Jezebel: Men Who Are Obsessed With Obese Women.
On today’s episode, Tyra interviewed men who are “obsessed” with obese women. However, it seemed a lot more like a fetish than an obsession. One guest, Scott has been attracted to 400-pound women ever since he was a little boy.
You can view the video here. Here are some of the Jezebel comments:
wait, so being attracted to fat women is a fetish? because sex with a fat woman is an abnormal sexual expression?
does not compute.
also, TOTALLY disturbed by his description of sex “with a big girl” like boxing “you step in there and you knock ‘em out” what the fuck is that supposed to mean?
As a fat girl I’m bummed that this seems to be my main target audience. Chubby chasing creeps me out. I don”t want to be someone’s type because of my poor eating habits you know?
Just because one thing turns you on in particular, I don’t think it necessarily negates that attraction. It just seems when it comes to weight and race, if someone is really attracted to it we find it odd – but yet if it is hair color or another aspect we are okay with it. It is one thing to refuse to look at someone who doesn’t fit the criteria and another just to prefer it.
Yeah, it’s such a murkey area. The subject came up on Feministing not too long ago, and one commenter (Stephanie89) qualified it as: “There’s a difference between a preference and a fetish, in that someone with a fetish (correct me if I’m wrong) is turned on by the actual characteristic and not a person with the characteristic. For example, a man might have a preference for fat women because they find those women attractive or they are fat themselves, whereas a person with a fat fetish is actually turned on by the idea of fatness, and of someone being fat. Does that make sense?”
This whole thing is pretty offensive. Tyra and the audience are asking these personal questions and acting all grossed out about their sex life because Nicki is obese, while she (Nicki) just has to sit there and take it and doesn’t get to say anything.
Then again, I suppose the Tyra show is not where you go when you want to be treated with tact and subtlety.
I’d love to know what your opinion is about this issue! It makes me think of Jimbo’s fat fetish on Rose Is Rose. Am I the only one who remembers this? (Hee. My friend Annie hates any sentences that start with “Am I the only one who…”)
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