Bake sales fall victim to push for healthier foods. I will likely be writing a long, ranty post about this either here or for Broadsheet later today. In the meantime: AAAAAAAAAHHHHH! (Sample scream trigger: “In Berkeley, Anna X. L. Wong, a kindergarten teacher at Jefferson Elementary, incorporates “good foods” versus “bad foods” into the curriculum…”)
Magazines trash men’s body image, too — and female models are still the culprits. Only seems to apply to straight men, and I have no idea how large the sample size was (the study will be published in Human Communication Research soon, but right now, we’ve just got an article based on the press release), but it’s interesting.
And if you missed this last week, check out the study that showed fat women have more sex than “normal” weight women.
The study used existing data gathered by the National Survey of Family Growth, and focused on heterosexual, penetrative sexual encounters that could potentially lead to pregnancies or disease transmission. Nearly 8,000 women were involved in the survey.[Prof. Marie] Harvey admitted that she had preconceived notions about women’s weight negatively affecting their sexual encounters, in part based on previous studies which suggested obese women were more impaired in sexual function and quality.
However, the new data clearly revealed that larger body mass does not lower sexual activity. Data revealed that 92 percent of overweight women reported having intercourse with men, while 87 percent of women with normal body mass said the same.
Fat women everywhere: No doy.
Kudos to Harvey for admitting to the preconceived notions, at least. But ouch ouch ouch to this:
“It goes to the need to approach every woman as you provide prevention programs and services,” Harvey said, “to understand that all women are potentially sexually active.”
Everyone who’s already blogged about this study has said it already, but once more with feeling: We needed a fucking study to show that doctors should give fat women information about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases? Prior to the study, it was just okay to assume that fat women didn’t need sexual health info, since nobody wants to fuck a fatty? Gah.