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"Despite its jump-off-the-page title, Fat Sex: The Naked Truth is much more of a pleasant surprise than a shocking one.... Fat Sex's greatest charm is its heartbreaking relatability." - The Portland Phoenix

"'Fat Sex': Real talk beyond the popular perceptions" - The Today Show

"Rebecca Weinstein delivers a heartfelt, informative page-turner" - Mark Ebner, Journalist and NY Times best selling author

"Fat Sex affirms what I have known intuitively all along -- women of all sizes and shapes are sexy, passionate, desirable creatures with romantic and sexual lives." - Adios Barbie

"Everyone deserves to feel love and to have good sex. We're glad to see this conversation continue.... We only get one body. If we don't love ourselves and treat ourselves well, who will?" - Yahoo! TV

"Rebecca Jane Weinstein sets it straight with her new book, Fat Sex: The Naked Truth.... She also offers the truth -- which is that lots of fat people have lots of great sex." - iVillage

About the Author

Rebecca Jane Weinstein is the founder of PeopleOfSize.com, an online community and social networking site which provides information, support, and interaction for “people of size.” Trained as a lawyer and social worker, Rebecca has been working as an advocate and writer for nearly twenty years. A person of size herself, she understands the struggles that so many experience living in a world with a “war on fat.” Foreword written by comedian, actress, and author, Margaret Cho.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475261837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475261837
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rebecca Jane Weinstein is the author of three books including "Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences" and "Fat Sex: The Naked Truth," part of the Fat Books series. She has also written for numerous national publications. Rebecca is the founder of PeopleOfSize.com, an online community and social networking site which provides information, support, and interaction for people of size. An attorney and social worker with a masters degree focusing on clinical therapy, Rebecca has been working as an advocate and writer for nearly twenty years. She is considered an expert on the subject matter of weight and culture. Rebecca shares her own experiences of being a fat child, and now a fat adult, having been put on her first diet at age six. She understands the struggles that so many experience living in a world with a war on fat. More information can be found at http://www.FatBooksSeries.com.

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It is very well written.
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It's about our quest for love and intimacy in a world that would teach us to be offended at our temerity.
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Reading this book almost felt like reading my own story.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jane Raeburn on June 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Author Weinstein uses personal interviews to sample the wide variety of sexual experience among people of size. While no book of this type can claim to be comprehensive, Fat Sex gives us a strong sense that being fat does not sentence anyone to a life of celibacy, and that indeed fat people can have (and be) a whole lot of fun in bed. A useful contribution to the emerging dialogue on the role of fat in society, Fat Sex is funny and wry rather than titillating or lewd.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D.G. on June 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
The narration is engaging and entertaining, and the author keeps the material from drifting to the vulgar. Definitely a wide variety of stories, including a few that had me nodding my head at the similarity to my own life. Here and there, facts are thrown in, but never do they stop the flow. Overall, good reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Erec Smith on July 26, 2012
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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 sexual beings; it also tells the story of those who desire fat people: Fat Admirers and "Chubby Chasers." Admirers are typically left out of fat acceptance literature, but Weinstein gives them a space and a voice in her book. Thus, Fat Sex drives home the fact that many people are attracted to fat men and women, but societal standards keep them from embracing their attraction. This book is inspirational to both fat people and "closeted" fat admirers looking for a sense of camaraderie.

Lastly, this book is a general portrayal of the struggles fat people go through, in general. We all know that self-esteem plays a large role in one's sex life. People approach or don't approach sex, have or don't have sex, based on self-worth and the particularities of their attractions. This book chronicles several people's experiences with overcoming societal obstacles to have a healthy and fulfilled love life. It addresses the misconceptions about fat people and dismisses stereotypes of laziness and unhealthy lifestyles. It exposes much rhetoric about "the obesity epidemic" as mere hatred and bigotry. This book is very dynamic. Although sex is its focal point, it addresses the fat experience, in general.

This is a good read for people of all sizes; it provides a perspective of which most are either unaware of misinformed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daphne Yvonne Bradshaw on July 8, 2012
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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 variety facts that all of what I (and we in this world) have been told and believe to be true about fat people and love relationships has not been the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The love life of fat people can be quite wonderful in fact.

I would most definitely recommend this book. I wish I had had it when I was about age 9 onwards to help me understand more and get hurt less in a world determined to crush me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tess on July 10, 2012
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There is so much bigotry out there against fat people, ESPECIALLY when it comes to our status as full-on sexual beings. (Duh, people! As Samantha says in the book, "My junk still works like everybody else's!") I'm so grateful for this book which humanizes us and our experience rather than making us the butt of jokes. There's wit, science, wisdom, and compelling human interest here; this book tells a truth whose time is long overdue.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Maya North, iPinionSyndicate columnist and copy editor on September 7, 2012
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This book will let you walk into the world of fat people which is as vivid and memorable and valuable as anybody else's. If we were only left be to live our lives as anyone does, we would be fine, but we are hated so shamelessly. Ask any group that is hated for nothing but the most superficial reasons and ask them how easy it is to move through life. It's like traveling through cold molasses laced with razorwire. Pretty soon, we internalize all that hate and even if we could remove ourselves from its source (pretty much impossible, since it's everywhere), we perpetuate it ourselves. And yet, like anybody, we yearn for love and intimacy. Sadly, first we must overcome our own assumptions that we are inherently unwantable. This turns out to be true, as you will see in this book. Most of the people who were interviewed for it have and have had rich and lively love lives. But often, first, they had to believe in their own worth--and that was a far more difficult thing to do than finding a lover.

This book is not erotica. It's about our quest for love and intimacy in a world that would teach us to be offended at our temerity. Not only that, it is filled with thorough research on our physical and psychological truths, which I can tell you are not what most people have been assuming all this time. Rebecca Weinstein has given we who make up this population and the rest of the world such a profound gift of truth. Thank you!

P.S. To all those who seem to believe that hounding and torturing us will "inspire" us to lose weight--it doesn't work. It does, however, drive quite few of us to contemplate ending our lives. If your motive is uncluttering the world of our unsightly selves, this may mean you are succeeding. If you really want to support us--like us for who we are and don't worry about the rest...
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