Researcher Looking for Self-Identified Fat Young Adults of Color

Fat studies researcher looking to pay $10 to self-identified fat young adults of color for interviews on fat identity, sexuality, race, and the Internet.

Hello everyone!

My name is Philippe Fradet and I am a graduate student at San Francisco State University in the Sexuality Studies program. I am seeking participants for a study with self-identified fat young adults of color who currently live in the United States. I’m looking to interview people of any gender and sexual identity, of any socioeconomic background, and of any physical and mental ability status. Interviews in this study will focus on four topics:
· fat identity, including self-acceptance and personal histories;
· sexuality, including sexual identity, sexual practices, and sexuality as a fat individual;
· race, including the interactions of race, fat identity, and sexuality;
· and the Internet, including how the Internet is used to build community and support.

If you are interested in participating in this research or if you have any questions, you can contact me either by email at pfradet@mail.sfsu.edu or by sending me an “ask” or “submission” on my Tumblr (fatdisid.tumblr.com) with your Tumblr account.

When you contact me, please let me know a bit about yourself and your interest in the project. In order to participate in this study, you must identify as a fat person of color and be between the ages of 18 and 25. Participants will be given a $10 gift card to Amazon.com for participating in the project. All interviews will be conducted using the voice chatting or phone call features of Skype, which means anyone in the United States is welcome to participate. Your name and participation in the project will be kept confidential, and you can contact me with any questions. I will be posting any pressing questions about the project on this blog.

Thank you for your interest!


Philippe Fradet
Master’s Candidate
Sexuality Studies Department
San Francisco State University
(415) 799-7109


Every Thursday we run a feature on Chubstr called Answerland. It’s basically a way for us to answer some of the questions we get from readers on a regular basis. The questions we get cover everything from food to fashion to sex. 

Last year, the amazing Hanne Blank asked me to write a blurb for the revised edition of her book, Big Big Love. If you’ve got questions about love, sex, or intimacy as it relates to being a person of size, I definitely recommend this book. You’d be hard pressed to come up with a question that isn’t somehow addressed within its pages. Learn more about the book at Chubstr, and follow Hanne on Twitter

Heart and reblog this if you think it’s absolutely ridiculous to be yelled at and told to change because you wear a tank top (with a bra) and shorts IN YOUR OWN HOME WHEN ITS HOT AS BALLS OUTSIDE


Sorry if you know, my body Fucking bothers you but oh my god, I live here too and if youd stop sexualizing my body so much it wouldn’t be a damn issue.

I need to prove a God damn point

So like, I’m fine at playing along with the “girl talk” and whatever you call that when you’re all “OMG I would soooo do him. He’s fucking HOTTT” but then when we’re being real with how and who I’m attracted to it’s different because I feel like I have to really know someone and connect with them before I can really develop any romantic/sexual feelings. And then this leaves me in the awkward pool of being super confused because I can’t tell if I’m trying to befriend someone, or if I’m crushing on them.

Then there’s the awkwardness of last night where I may have had someone outwardly say they were flirting with me. But it was a joke. And idk. I’m usually the type to be like HAHAHA NO LIKES ME EVER so I don’t even think it’s possible. And on one hand, maybe I’m leading them on (though things felt awkward when I left, so that may be done) and on the other hand, maybe I want to lead them on because I’m attracted to them (but I don’t know if I can and I don’t want to be an asshole).

For basically all my life I’ve never had crushes returned so the idea that maybe, just maybe, I’m not completely delusional is putting me in a weird state.


[CW diet talk, discussion of consensual sex]

Two recent films, Nymphomaniac and Concussion, spend ample time exploring the marginalized sexualities of their (thin) female protagonists. Joe (Charlotte Gainsboug/Stacy Martin), the titular character of von Trier’s epic, labels herself as a nymphomaniac and constructs her life around her insatiable libido; Abby (Robin Weigert), the heroine of Passon’s directorial debut, is a lesbian who subverts her life as a mainstream upper middle-class homemaker by involving herself in sex work. Both women have fat sex partners over the course of their respective stories, neither of whom function as a source of comedy or disgust.

i don’t remember the last time i saw a picture of women on any social media that wasn’t either too sexualized, or fetishized, or maybe even dehumanized ! what bothers me is that sometimes the pictures that i see that claim to empower women and be body positive are actually fetishizing fat bodies instead of actually normalizing it , it’s like “hey look this fat women can be beautiful too!!” and they treat it like it’s a shocking news  ! no fat women have always been beautiful and it isn’t just a trend for you …

Someone remind me tomorrow to put together my new filming backdrop, we’re going to start making YouTube videos talking about fat sexuality

i was gonna make this as a reblog on the post that caused it but then i got panicky so it’s just gonna be its own thing i guess

maybe its bc i havent slept in like 24 hours but haha wow using a fat woman w/ an exposed belly as ur example of a character who is so clearly & comedically not-sexy or sexualized feels kinda terrible tbh? like the message im getting here is that you wanted to design a character who, despite showing skin, was clearly not meant to be sexually appealing to the viewer, so you made her fat & gave her some scars and shit?? that hurts a lot lmao

and like….the other side of this is that there are people who will sexually dehumanize fat people for their large bellies so uh…you know. there’s that. 

thanks for reminding me that i gotta always be on guard about my body because there’s a lot of ways for people to react to it and very very few of them are good, imo. i love to remember that!

Race and sexuality in SU

“Why do you have to make it about race?”
“Why does it have to be about sexuality?”

Because that’s what the creator intended! This isn’t us making crap up. Rebecca Sugar lives in the same society we do. You think she made Garnet and didn’t envision a black woman? You think she made characters intentionally gay…and didn’t mean for that to be significant?

We aren’t making it about race and gender and sexuality. That’s just what’s it’s about!! That’s what the creator intended.



FOR: Love Poems for Butchers - Eleven non-fiction short stories about the things that truly matter: sex, dating, & how to have a fake affair with a real celebrity. 

At first glance, Love Poems for Butchers is a collection of eleven short about sex and dating (first times, first heartbreaks, first fake affair with a real celebrity, you know, the usual). But at their core, each story explores a much more complex issue: issues about the body and the spaces we occupy, issues about sexual standards, issues of sexual pressure and how dangerously we ride the line of force, and issues around trying to live a life no one thinks you deserve.

The stories examine what it’s like to be fat and sexual and a woman in a culture that values none of these things, and they question why we protect men so heavily while leaving women to fend for themselves. Taking place partially in Vancouver and partially in Montreal, the stories span over a decade, and are a mix dark humour and awkward reality winding their way through one woman’s truth–logical, hysterical, and heart breaking.

- http://kck.st/1T28jtz

not even just people being shitlords like, someone drew a fave plus sized character of mine with huge tits and a thinner waist than i have and i got so upset about it? im so tired of people being weirdly sexual about fat characters? and then being all fucking weird when it comes time to draw them? fuckin stop? 

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