Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Fat Women and Sex

Here's an article about fat women, sex, and sexual predators.  It's useful to think about the hazards of sexual interaction because sometimes people do prey on each other, not always in obvious ways.  Size discrimination is widespread and this is one of the nastier examples of it.

But.  This is similar in strategy, though different in detail, to a bunch of other ways men target women they think will be easy.  They'll do it with new widows, with unpopular girls, with abuse survivors -- all kinds of fool things.  And there's something else that is consistently true across these categories: some of those targets know the game, and in that case, a hunter geared entirely for offense because he thinks he's picked a helpless target tends to be WIDE OPEN on defense.  Very nearly helpless.  A savvy target can MANGLE him, verbally or otherwise, before he even realizes that he's under counterattack.  It's fascinating, really; I've seen quite a few women foil such attacks.  I have yet to see a man initiate this kind of maneuver and then manage to block a counterattack.

Sometimes vulnerability is all about perception.
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