Friday, October 31, 2008

"Fat" women have more sex

A new study has revealed that women who are overweight have more sex than "normal" women.
Dr. Bliss Kaneshiro, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Hawaii, who ran the study, explained the findings:
"Our analysis demonstrated that obese and overweight women do not differ significantly in some of the objective measures of sexual behaviour compared to women of normal weight."

The study negates the widely held stereotype that overweight and obese women are not as sexually active as other women; in fact, the researchers concluded that the opposite is true.

I guess that whole "no fat chicks" thing isn't a hard and fast rule. So if overweight women are more sexually active, does this also make them more sexually attractive?


At October 31, 2008 at 8:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. Fat women are objectively less attractive, no two ways about it. But they presumably have the same urges as any other women, so they are probably compensating by being more sexually forward. Skinnier, more attractive girls, might prefer to play coy and play the field for all they're worth.

At November 1, 2008 at 2:55 AM , Blogger Roscoe said...

ahhh, the reverse correlation!


At November 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the day after Halloween, but Vampires are still scary. Not the vampires themselves, of course, but what they signal in terms of how women view the "ideal man." Which is both quite different than what women had viewed as "ideal" in the past, and has implications for how men themselves will react.

First, the Stephenie Meyer novel "Twilight" will soon be showing in theaters. Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that the response, 95% from women, is tremendous. Naturally, of course, no man, or certainly straight man, would willingly be caught dead watching the movie. Or undead, as the case may be. Interestingly, 42% are 25 or older, while 58% are younger than 25. The novels and movie appeals strongly to young women. The Orange County Register has an article that also suggests that teen girls form the core readers.

"I feel bad for my future husband," says Hammel, 16, of Mission Viejo, who says practically everyone she knows has fallen for the books. "Because he'll always be second in my heart to Edward."

What is interesting is that the news story points out how the vampire novels cater to young women's desire to never grow up. To stay young, sixteen to seventeen, without responsibilities, beautiful, and in love, forever. This is a very different view, from the traditional type of romance novels, pioneered by Jane Austen, where the whole point was to grow up. To become an adult, free of the confines of childhood and the childhood home, able to act as a mature young woman, indulging in both romance (and implied sex) with her husband. Marriage and children were considered the goal — it was merely a question of finding the correct husband and avoiding the unsuitable ones.

Certain themes pop up in the vampire novels, over and over again. The vampires are of course of perfect physique, washboard abs, and beautiful countenances. The vampires are all "rich" and have wealth, and often power, in their own secret societies. Interestingly, most of the novels feature byzantine politics and "treaties" with humans and fellow vampires, other supernatural creatures, that the female protagonists must navigate. The parallels to the tortuous "Mean Girl" politics of High School Girl Popularity are of course, obvious. The female protagonists of course do nothing, really, except land the most powerful, and politically influential vampire, and become the "Head Mean Girl" of the supernatural version of High School. Indeed, many of them are set in Vampire Prep Schools.

For all of feminism's chorus of changing society, it is instructive that none of these novels show the protagonist gaining a career, a skill, a family with a supportive husband, or entering into a traditionally male field where the protagonist is accepted as an equal on her own terms. No, instead what these novels provide is the vicarious thrills of being the most popular and powerful girl in school, with the Big Man on Campus as the eternal boyfriend, forever. With no adult responsibility, or anything else to intrude in the "forever now," where time and the idea of time, simply does not exist. No planning for college, no career focus, no concern about family. None of that.

It's striking, how young women want so little of what feminism offered, and indeed chose the exact opposite — updated versions of the Bronte novels, only with supernatural overtones.

At November 7, 2008 at 12:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is notable that the study says that more fat women HAVE HAD sex than skinnier women. This is not the same thing as having sex more often. There are multiple factors that could play into it, but it does seem possible that heavier women are made to feel insecure by society's unrealistic standards and attempt to alleviate their insecurity through finding sexual partners.


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