I’m reading Fat: The Anthropology of an Obsession. I think the book is trying to be shocking. The first essay is about fat in Nigerian culture (good if you’re female, bad if you’re male). Another is on the Andean legend of the pishtaco, a bogeyman whose objective is to extract fat from the bodies of his victims.
But the one that’s boggled my mind is … Don Kulick‘s essay on fat porn. See:
- I knew porn with fat people existed.
- I’d seen photos of women my size and larger, dressed in lingerie, on various magazine covers.
- I’d encountered erotic stories with a “feeder” theme.
But what I hadn’t encountered is photos or videos of naked, 300lb+ fat women who are … eating. Happily eating. Breakfast in bed, ice cream, burgers. Enjoying and taking pleasure in their food.
I know people who joke about The Food Network being “food porn”. But this is porn that is, literally, food porn.
Kulick compares this with S&M, which often eroticizes things that aren’t, on their face, erotic. He also notes this form of porn is focused on the women’s pleasure. I’m not sure that’s a bad thing.
The [PG] sample photos in the book are enough to tell me that this sort of thing doesn’t turn me on. That’s okay, too. I’m not one to quibble about what other consenting adults choose to do….but I do think it says something about our society that women eating food and enjoying it is something people find erotic and pay money to see.
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