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Margaret Cho , Rebecca Jane Weinstein
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19 Jun 2012
If there are two subjects that are universally fascinating and rife with controversy, they are sex and fat. Though our culture is obsessed with both, the two commingling are sometimes seen as offensive, obscene, or even grotesque. Fat people are not viewed as sexual beings. Of course, this perception is far from accurate. Fat people have normal and peculiar sex lives, just like everyone else. A compilation of true stories, cultural references, and narrative commentary, "Fat Sex: The Naked Truth," tells the honest, and often heroic, heartbreaking, and hilarious experiences of large-size women and men in their romantic, intimate, and sexual relationships. Subjects touched on include heterosexual relationships, gay men and lesbian women, those who have gained and lost a great deal of weight, and the sexual “underground” such as fetishes. Although the people portrayed in "Fat Sex: The Naked Truth" sometimes face bigotry and experience shame – they are often valiant and live remarkably fulfilling lives. The stories are compelling and told with sensitivity and wit, connecting people on profoundly important aspects of their lives. This book is not just for large-size people. The stories and issues discussed touch all of us, each and every person who has ever experienced the trials and tribulations, as well as the ecstasies, of intimate relationships.

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (19 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475261837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475261837
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Jane Weinstein is the founder of PeopleOfSize.com, an online community and social networking site which provides information, support, and interaction for “people of size.” Trained as a lawyer and social worker, Rebecca has been working as an advocate and writer for nearly twenty years. A person of size herself, she understands the struggles that so many experience living in a world with a “war on fat.” Foreword written by comedian, actress, and author, Margaret Cho.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 21 Feb 2014
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This book was a good read,quite pro fat and confirmed everything I felt about feeling fat and unwanted. On the other hand it also confirmed the confidence and acceptance I have always had from my self and my partners. It was an interesting read but I didn't find out anything new.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fat people have sex? Yes, yes, they do! 25 Jun 2012
By Jane Raeburn - Published on Amazon.com
Author Weinstein uses personal interviews to sample the wide variety of sexual experience among people of size. While no book of this type can claim to be comprehensive, Fat Sex gives us a strong sense that being fat does not sentence anyone to a life of celibacy, and that indeed fat people can have (and be) a whole lot of fun in bed. A useful contribution to the emerging dialogue on the role of fat in society, Fat Sex is funny and wry rather than titillating or lewd.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this very much. 25 Jun 2012
By D.G. - Published on Amazon.com
The narration is engaging and entertaining, and the author keeps the material from drifting to the vulgar. Definitely a wide variety of stories, including a few that had me nodding my head at the similarity to my own life. Here and there, facts are thrown in, but never do they stop the flow. Overall, good reading.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Sex: The Naked Truth by Rebecca Jane Weinstein 8 July 2012
By Daphne Yvonne Bradshaw - Published on Amazon.com
This book is written in a style reminiscent of the serious but casual discussions around the fire in the student center. It also reminds me of serious informative discussions with many a wiser person. However, this topic and the related issues surrounding being a fat person, especially a fat woman, and the facts of life about love and/or sexual relationships were never discussed in a helpful, encouraging, factual, or healthy way. This book shows by example as well as with an interweaving of a variety facts that all of what I (and we in this world) have been told and believe to be true about fat people and love relationships has not been the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The love life of fat people can be quite wonderful in fact.

I would most definitely recommend this book. I wish I had had it when I was about age 9 onwards to help me understand more and get hurt less in a world determined to crush me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It resonates with me. 19 July 2012
By DT - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first book I have bought on this topic. I wasn't really sure what to expect because the subject matter could be expressed on many levels. The book involves a series of memoirs, with great details. The stories are varied, and I think anyone intrigued by this topic can find one story that they either really enjoy, or they may end up finding one that is similar to something they have experienced. I did not expect the latter to apply to me, but the man in chapter 8 and I are basically clones. (Laughs)

The author makes it a point to cite studies to balance things out. A lot of people may not take the idea of the book itself very seriously without those details. In the beginning I felt this was unnecessary. But given the topic, and the amount of hatred that we as a collective have for our bodies these days, I feel as though it does have its place. There's enough of the story to keep you intrigued, but the citations act as segues and small notes to add to some of the details. It is very well written.

One thing I find refreshing is that the book is really balanced. Like it wasn't intended to be erotica, but some of the details are racy. It is also prose, but some of the quotes, expressions, and details are engaging. It is right in the middle.
Rebecca also did great research on common terminology in online communities dedicated to the subject, and that helps to bring in new readers who may not be familiar.

I would recommend this book to big people, admirers like myself, and really anyone that can really empathize with this topic. It is very well done.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Sex, Real People 11 July 2012
By Tess - Published on Amazon.com
There is so much bigotry out there against fat people, ESPECIALLY when it comes to our status as full-on sexual beings. (Duh, people! As Samantha says in the book, "My junk still works like everybody else's!") I'm so grateful for this book which humanizes us and our experience rather than making us the butt of jokes. There's wit, science, wisdom, and compelling human interest here; this book tells a truth whose time is long overdue.
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