Josh Max has a piece today in Salon about his attraction to larger women (and his 10-year marriage to one) that looks at some of the social forces shaping attraction and the peer pressure that tells men that there’s something wrong with being attracted to fat women. It’s a pretty good piece, albeit a bit self-congratulatory throughout and with a regrettable bit at the end about nagging “concern” for his wife’s health that seems to be attributable to shame and what his family thinks of his wife’s weight more than concern for her health. (And, seriously? Engaged for three years to an average-sized woman prior to seeking out fat women? What was the story there?)
And then there are the letters.
It’s predictable. There are those who insist that this guy has a fetish, and those who start blathering about how she’s going to get diabetes, and of course the ones who are just disgusted at the idea that fat women are allowed out in public, let alone allowed to have love lives and find companions who love them as they are. Check this out from “No Name Given” (who’s quite the Chatty Cathy in this discussion and others about weight):
These are the facts…
Men obtain (cusomarily and usually) the most attractive woman that they can afford (what their income and net worth will attract). Women get the best (income and net worth) man that their looks will allow them to. This is true, most of the time. Sure, there are exceptions, but they are just that, exceptions. This is not sexist, it is true. Factually speaking obesity is choice in most instances and obese people are entitled to NO special consideration due to their girth. If they travel on an airplane they should be required to purchase 2 tickets rather than spill over into the seat of their neighbor. Fat is unhealthy and does lead to health problems. And, NO, most men DO NOT prefer fat women anymore that women prefer fat men.
Ah, yes, the market theory of attraction. And here’s Mr. No Name Given on the subject of fetishes:
Finding fat people overwhelming attractive has a term “chubby chaser”. Curvy and BBW are codewords for obese. Most fat people are fat by choice and make conscious decisions in regards to their lifestyles to be and stay fat. They lack discipline and restraint. There are few things more disgusting than someone who is corpulently obese but they have they have their hair perfect and a wonderful pedicure and manicure, as if that will make a difference and make them more attractive. Most people can change their predicament and get in better shape through modifying their eating habits and engaging in moderate exercise. They chose not to. The article writer is a sick person who is a fetishist. Sorry, fat is not attractive nor desirable.
Just lipstick on a pig there, right, No Name?
The problem is, though, the fetishists are out there, and it can be really fucking tiring dealing with them. I’ve got the added bonus of being really, really busty, so I get the tit fetishists along with the chubby chasers.
Dating when you’re fat is just fraught with little self-esteem landmines. I do much of my dating through online sites, and it was only recently that I ventured into specialized sites for (and, gah, I hate this term) BBWs. Prior to that, I’d been on sites like Nerve (before it changed its format and pricing structure and fell into suckitude) that feature all kinds of people. I went to the BBW sites mostly because I’d been getting so many hits from people who apparently had not read my ad and noticed that I checked “ample” or whatever to describe my body type. Granted, I didn’t have any full-body shots in my ad and my face is not a good indicator of the size of my ass, but you hope that someone who bothers to write a relatively thoughtful message to you referencing stuff that was actually in your ad bothered to read that part. It hurts to go through all that and see the shock and disgust in someone’s eyes when you show up for the meeting.
I figured I’d avoid that problem with the BBW-specific sites, but that just provided a home for the chubby chasers, and it just got exhausting going on dates with guys who swear that it’s a preference, la la, and have them make little comments or smack my ass in a proprietary way and realize that it’s more than a preference.
That’s not to say that every guy was like that, or even the majority, but obviously I didn’t hit it off with those guys, either. But the big question always looms when things just don’t get started with a perfectly normal guy who I just didn’t feel chemistry with: do I feel like sorting through the fetishists to find the next normal guy? And for a while now, the answer has been, hell no.