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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Revised edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158761085X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587610851
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Big Big Love is a ginormous blessing to people everywhere. Not only is it a superb sex manual, it’s positively radical, fun to read, and life affirming—big time. We know that “people of size” enjoy sex as much as anyone, but to talk about it so frankly, to show it, and give explicit details about the ins and outs of it, is as transgressive as it gets in our culture of “thin is sexy.” This book is well worth its weight in gold.”   
—Annie Sprinkle, PhD, Ecosex Educator, Sexologist
 
“Part of enjoying sex is being comfortable with your body. Big Big Love dispels myths related to fat sexuality and helps people learn to take pleasure in their bodies, regardless of size.”   
—Bruce Sturgell, Founder, Chubstr.com
 
“Fat people have sex—and thanks to Hanne Blank’s updated and unabashedly unashamed guide to sex and relationships, fat people can have better, more satisfying sex. This book is vitally important for anyone who shops in the plus-size department. Thanks to Hanne, we’re all a little luckier when it comes to getting lucky.”   
—Marianne Kirby, author, Lessons from the Fatosphere

About the Author

Hanne Blank is the writer or editor of six books about sex, bodies, and culture. Her work has been featured in Penthouse, Lilith, Bitch, and more. She has been interviewed on National Public Radio and BBC 4, spoken at numerous campuses and conferences, and taught at Brandeis and Tufts universities. She lives with her partner of fifteen years in Baltimore, Maryland.

More About the Author

Hanne Blank is the author of "Straight: The Suprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality" (Beacon Press, 2012). She spends her time thinking, learning, writing, and speaking at the crossroads of bodies, self, and culture. Joyfully spanning the town/gown divide as well as the mind/body split, her books include the histories Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality (Beacon Press, 2012) and Virgin: The Untouched History (Bloomsbury, 2007), the cult classic sex and body-acceptance book Big Big Love: A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them) (Celestial Arts, 2011), and numerous others.

Hanne's work has been featured in periodicals ranging from Penthouse to Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and in anthologies ranging from Embodied Resistance: Challenging the Norms, Breaking The Rules to Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape.

A former Scholar of the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson University, Hanne has taught in various capacities on campuses including Brandeis and Tufts. She is also a popular speaker and guest lecturer, with appearances ranging from Harvard University to the inaugural Femme Conference in 2006.

Hanne lives in a 175-year-old stone mill cottage on a dirt road in the middle of Baltimore, and travels frequently to speak and teach. She is a passionate defender of the Oxford comma, is a tea and cider drinker who lives in a coffee and beer country, and has a nice tnettennba.

Photographer Copyright Credit Name: Kyle Cassidy, 2012.

Customer Reviews

It's a very rare thing to find a book like this and it covers a great deal.
Caitlin Nicholson
Finally a book that not only helps with sex, but helps with relationships on fat women!
Stephie
I am happy to say that the revised edition far exceeded my wildest expectations.
Beledigrrl

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Beledigrrl on December 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
8 years ago when I began my journey to being fat positive in earnest, I had the privilege of buying the first edition of Big Big Love when it was still in print and I am not merely spouting cliches when I say that it changed my life overnight. For the first time in my life I was reading a joyful "how to" sex manual that was geared towards people with bodies like mine. It was a pleasant surprise to find that Big Big Love was more than just your typical sex manual, it was also an invaluable guide to living your life with joie de vivre as a fat person. Big Big Love included such priceless chapters on how to deal with well meaning loved ones who constantly critique your weight and it even offered clever comebacks to comments that come from less than well meaning sources. Big Big Love along with Marilyn Wann's Fat!So? became my constant bedside companions as I learned to navigate through life as a queer fat woman of color.

I am happy to say that the revised edition far exceeded my wildest expectations. Since the first edition of Big Big Love was published, our society has seemed to step up it's hate mongering tactics towards fat people with such shows as "The Biggest Loser" and a constant barrage of weight loss commercials aimed at letting you know that your body is NOT okay as it is. Hanne Blank once again saves the day in this revised edition and responds to the fat hatred epidemic by stepping up her own Fat and Sex Positivity game. In this edition, her language is stronger in it's reassurance to readers' that yes they are worthy of having healthy sex lives and it's is also stronger in expressing the author's well justified anger towards people who would tell youotherwise.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nilay on July 28, 2013
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It seemed to be more of a pep talk than guide. I was looking for ideas on technique and positions to have better sex.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Bray on May 6, 2013
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I was hoping this book would contain more advice and tips on sex with a plus size woman. It didn't really have much helpful advice, instead articles geared toward upping a womans self-esteem so that she can do these things. There was a lot of interesting information in it, though, and I'll definitely look back at it for references on things.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jade Craven on June 3, 2013
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The book was described as a book about sex and relationships for people of size. While it was incredibly useful, I was disappointed that they didn't include more about the sex aspect. It did contain various useful tips, but it was nothing like I thought it would be. I wanted more inspiration on positions and comfort.

I became plus size after taking medication. I've worked through my issues regarding body acceptance so much of the book felt like it was irrelevant. A large part of Big Big Love s devoted to helping the readers become confident with their body and sexuality. This is awesome, as body issues can get in the way of enjoying good sex. I just found that it had little practical information about issues regarding the act itself.

It's a solid book and is brilliant for people who have insecurities about their body when it comes to sex. For the rest of us, though, it's a bit disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jared C. Serra on February 23, 2014
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Big Big Love is more about acceptance than about making love when you are a big big person. I did like portions of the book. There is some really good information to be gleamed from here. I just kept feeling a sense of Deja vu as I read. I felt like the same points kept being made of and over again.

I am still glad that I read this and would recommend this if you are interested in the subject matter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Jenkins on July 8, 2013
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I found this book very empowering and comprehensive in terms of the mental aspects of sex and sexual for "people pf size". The practical how-to, however, only tantalized. A few helpful drawings here and there only wet my appetite for real, step-by-step, insert slot A into slot B type instructions.

Still worth the read. Would pair EXCELLENTLY with a more "how-to" sex manual for bigger folks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By hllbllr on May 20, 2013
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I have recently have had self esteem problems because of my weight and came across this book. Teaches respect of others if nothing else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi on August 20, 2014
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Easy to read, informative, and sensitive to the varied needs of us in the fat community. I also liked that it wasn't a skinny hating book. Instead it promotes acceptance of people of all shapes and sizes.
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