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Fat Sex: The Naked Truth

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  69 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 2012 by Createspace
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Jul 02, 2012 Cscm rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: I know the author so I am not an unbiased reader. I also don't consider myself fat, although in middle age I have certainly become thicker, and if I said it wasn't a concern I'd be lying. The twenty stories in this book cover a wide range of life situations all revolving around the challenges of weight, self-esteem and relationships. Although many of the stories contain elements of sadness, tragedy, or cruelty, the overall tone is one of hope and optimism. If you are hoping for ...more
Alexandra Hart
Mar 20, 2013 Alexandra Hart rated it did not like it
A real disappointment... I read about this book online and immediately bought it, I was so excited. I was hoping for a critical fat studies text, one that incorporates the breadth of experiences of different kinds of fat bodies and fat identities. Instead, this book is full of seemingly non-sequitor anecdotes and blatant misandry. I'm sorry to say it's poorly written, and the sweeping generalizations the author makes (about men, about fat people, about not-fat people, etc) are honestly really of ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Daphne rated it it was amazing
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 va ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Jodee rated it it was ok
I was hoping for a book more about sex and less about discrimination and shaming against fat people. I understand that is a major part of the fat experience, but it just wasn't what I was expecting from the title of the book, and perhaps that was naivete in my part. It was fairly triggering in many parts, when I was just looking for some sexy tales of sex revolving around fat bodies. Worth reading if you don't know what fat people face in the world, well written, but it is very light on the sex ...more
Sep 19, 2012 E added it
Fat Sex is an honest narrative portrayal of several normal, sexual people deemed unacceptably “overweight” by societal standards. Don’t let the title fool you; this book is NOT a Kama Sutra for fat people, but a confessional about the pain and insecurity of wanting a healthy love life while being considered “unworthy” of such a thing. Ultimately, this book is about fat people’s quests for love and acceptance.

Fat Sex is not only about the experiences—both good and not-so good—of fat people as sex
Sep 22, 2014 Juli rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I don't necessarily agree with most of what's put forward in this book, but do find the perspective interesting because it is so different from mainstream media.

First, as a whole, this book wasn't my favorite. I finished it though, which is saying something. I found certain parts interesting. That said, by about 60% of the way through it was more repetitive than anything. There's only so much you can read about size acceptance, fat shaming, health at every size, and self esteem befor
Jul 06, 2015 Kelli rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book had so much wasted potential. Some of the stories were interesting, but they were too often interrupted with the author's social agenda. Really this book wasn't so much about fat sex as it was about fat acceptance.

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Jul 16, 2012 Arielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2012
Those who might be hesitant to pick up this book due to its in-your-face title (which at first glance might lead readers to think this is a "dirty" book, which I assure you, it isn't) are missing out on an informative and eye-opening read. After reading this novel I have a greater understanding of how "people of a larger size" struggle in their dating efforts, and the effect that fat prejudice has on them. No matter what size you are, whether it be fat, thin, or average, I would recommend pickin ...more
Jill Laker
Aug 05, 2015 Jill Laker rated it really liked it
Very interesting, motivating, self actuating, heartbreaking, life confirming, fear enducing, hope giving read. I cried, i laughed, I cried and cried and laughed. I am so glad I read this. fullfills a memoir for 2015 reading challenge.
Oct 09, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing
A beautiful collection of stories chronicling self acceptance in a cruel world. As someone who was bullied for her weight from childhood through adolescence and beyond, I identified with many of experiences that these men and women described. In the end, we are all human beings. I was greatly enlightened to read of acceptance toward the end of every story, instead of shame. Beautiful book that I will share with others.
Aug 03, 2013 Snem rated it liked it
I related to so much of what was written, but honestly the title is a little misleading. It's not quite about sex, but rather all the different types of relationships that make up the fat experience. The essays were a little whitewashed with the same voice. I would recommend this not only to fat people, but also the people in their lives who are looking to gain another perspective.
Feb 14, 2013 ROBIN rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I wish the name was different, I think it detracts from the book and potentially narrows the audience for this title.

I think that healthcare professionals should read this book. Even if I don't agree with everything the author says, the ancedotal accounts of living as an obese person have altered my view in a profound way.
Oct 15, 2013 Ellen rated it really liked it
While i think this book was poorly written in parts (a lot of repetition of facts within chapters), I really saw myself in many of the subjects' experiences. it felt comforting to read about large people getting some loving in a world that seems to hate them (but that I think is just really closeted about liking them)
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Jul 29, 2012 Jordan H. rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Simply amazing. It's nice to finally hear voices that have previously gone unheard of underneath the weight of cultural standards.
you know, i just don't feel like finishing this. so i'm not going to. i'm moving on to books i DO want to read.
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Rebecca Jane Weinstein is the author of four books, most recently a children's book, "Ella's Tummy: A Story of Understanding for All Ages." Her books also include "Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences" and "Fat Sex: The Naked Truth," part of the Fat Books series. Additionally, Rebecca has written for numerous national publications. Rebecca is the founder of, an online community and so ...more
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“If you think you can dismiss our beauty and belittle us you should just know, say what you will, but I am going to make you eat your words. Fatgirl is coming for you. Na na na na na na na na FATGIRL!!!!!” 0 likes
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