The terms Big Beautiful Women and BBW were coined by Carole Shaw in 1979, when she launched, a fashion andlifestyle magazineforplus-sizewomen.
The term is a subjective, visually determined concept that does not have an explicit lower or upper weight limitation, and may denote women who may be considered barely overweight to those who aremorbidly obese. A 2009 study found that male fat admirers preferred females that were clinically overweight and rated both overweight and obese women more positively than slighter individuals. The study also found that participants reacted more positively to a much wider range of figures than a control group, even rating emaciated figures higher. It concludes these findings suggest that an explanation for fat admiration may be that FAs are rejecting sociocultural norms of attractiveness.3
The term has several near-synonyms with varying shades of meaning:
– the latter term referring to the art ofPeter Paul Rubens, best known for portraying full-bodied women.
usually connote ripeness, sensuality, and abody shapeinvolving large breasts and wide hips, although in such women thewaist-hip ratiois generally smaller indicating only slightly overweight or normal weight status
Although BBW may have been first used in the context of BBW Magazine, the terms usage spread over the years, to the point that even women who had never heard of the magazine began to refer to themselves as BBWs.
Some women may adopt the term as a personal preference over the termRubenesque, orfull-figured, because they may not necessarily have large breasts or hips. Such terms, and others such asqueen-sizedplus-sized, or fat may lead to feelings of marginalization or non-inclusion for some women. However, some strongly prefer the termfatover other words which they consider unnecessaryeuphemisms.
The abbreviation BBW can often be found used inpersonal ads(andonline dating services) denoting an identification with (or preference for) such women, and is also used to denote events specifically targeted to such women, and persons interested in them, such as specific gathering nights in dance clubs, restaurants, and fashion stores and shows.
The term is also commonly used as a positive euphemism by those involved with thefat acceptance movement.
There are a wide range of websites dedicated to the topic of big beautiful woman, including sites which are dedicated to sending out a size-positive message towards larger women, some of which denounce the dieting industry as encouraging women to lose weight to conform to what is considered the ideal by mainstream society. Big beautiful women are also on a number ofpornographicwebsites which may include content which issexually fetishisticin nature (includingfat fetishismand feederism).
The acronym BBBW refers to Big Beautiful Black Woman. Another variant is SSBBW: Super-Size Big Beautiful Woman. There is much debate on a definition for a Super-Size Big Beautiful Woman.citation needed
While Big Beautiful Woman may be prevalent in the Americas and Europe, in Asian countries where obesity may be considered uncommon or deemed unhealthy, other terms are used. For example, in Japan the termdebu(katakana,hiragana) is used, but usually with a pejorative meaning, whereasdebusenis the most common term used for sexual attraction to obese individuals.Plumper, on the other hand, is a fetish in the popularbakunymarket of the pornographic scene.
Big Handsome Man(BHM), orBig Hulking Men, or sometimesBig Beautiful Man(BBM),4refers to a physically or sexually attractive fat man. These men are large to extremely large. There are many subcategories of BHMs. Some are men who just happen to be large, while others attempt to become fatter. Some of these men are insecure about their size, while others embrace theirobesityand feel confident. Women who are attracted to BHMs are calledFemale Fat Admirers(FFA). In the gay community, BHMs are calledChubs, and men who are attracted to BHMs are known asChubby chasers.
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Free site of Dimensions Magazine, previously associated withNAAFA, a size-positive lifestyle magazine with resources and forums.
National Association to Advance Fat Acceptanceis a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people.
UK Big Peopleis an awareness raising web site]
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