Queer and Queerer Ep. 12 – That’s So Fat! Body Image and Metrosexuality

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Peterson and Zack are here to talk about that big bad issue that no one likes to be reminded of: body image. Body image issues affect all of us, but there are definitely some interesting and unique issues that arise in the LGB and T communities. In this week’s episode, we both talk about our own struggles with body image, we discuss different research that has come out about queer body issues, and we offer our own ideas about how we got where we are and where we’re going. We also invite listeners to share their own stories and struggles so we can build solidarity in our community.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» Vote for Zack (Ford) today to get him to Netroots Nation next month!

» David Mixner: On Being Fat

» Study shows gay men are thinner and lesbians are more obese.

» NYT: Gay? Whatever, Dude

» The End Of Heterosexuality (as We’ve Known It)

» Gay men better at recognizing faces: study

» TransForm New Hampshire

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  • Tania Jane Taylor says:

    On Pubmed (subscription required) there is a study called “The relation between women’s body esteem and friendships with gay men”.
    The popular interpretation is at Scientific American –  “Studying the elusive fag hag: Women who like men who like men” 

    “Studying the elusive fag hag: Women who like men who like men”
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=studying-the-elusive-fag-hag-women-2010-06-07

    Publed “The relation between women’s body esteem and friendships with gay men” (subscription needed)
     http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19447691   abstract:  “Women who associate with gay men are often portrayed as physically unattractive and lacking in both self-confidence and attention from straight men. However, many women report enhanced self-esteem and feelings of attractiveness as a result of attention from their gay friends. It is well established that body esteem can be negatively impacted by certain peer processes, yet there is a dearth of quantitative research on positive peer influences on women’s body esteem. We tested two hypotheses: (a) women with gay male friends have poor body esteem and are rejected by heterosexual men, and (b) more contact with gay men is positively related to body esteem. Participants were 154 heterosexual women, who completed measures of their friendships with gay men, straight men and women, body esteem, relationship involvement and break-ups. Results supported the hypothesis that women’s body esteem, specifically feelings of sexual attractiveness, is positively associated with friendships with gay men.”

  • Tania, THANKS for the link. That makes so much sense.

  • Shirley says:

    Wow that’s very interesting Tania. I wonder how much of it has to do with being more able to relax in the company of men that you’re fairly sure aren’t interested in having a romantic relationship with you. I know that when I go out with my friend Colin I can feel really comfortable with him knowing that any ‘flirtation’ or kindness between us is really and truly just about friendship, and of course friendship always makes people feel better about themselves, it wouldn’t be surprising if it also meant they felt better about how they looked.
     
    Does that make a fag hag?! It’s such an ugly term! Although I completely interested in the ‘crone’ idea that Peterson brought up in this podcast, maybe I should embrace my hag!

  • avize says:

    It is so funny i think,,, yeah,, i have a large stomach but i will get rid of it… soon,,, i hope 😀

  • duvar says:

    Tania, thank’s for the link 🙂

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