Journal article

Fat women’s experiences of navigating sex and sexuality

Indigenous women Women Obesity Women's sexual behavior Interpersonal relationships New Zealand

The purpose of this study is to explore fat women’s experiences of sex and sexuality in Aotearoa New Zealand. Despite a growing body of literature within fat studies, there is still very little writing that considers the lived experiences of fat people. This research is informed by feminist theory and utilises interviews with self-identifed fat women to consider the ways that being a fat woman in society may impact one’s sexual experiences and relationships. Analysis of these interviews shows that fat women in society continue to have complex and sometimes contradictory feelings about their bodies. Their particular lived experiences occur due to an intersection of being fat and being women, and their experiences are varied. The positive and negative personal experiences these women shared show that the fat body is still interpreted in numerous diferent ways.

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