I feel that we need a starting point for this research – some context to help set the scene and the direction I hope this will take.
Here I wish to explain my own understanding of, and definition of, feedism. This is a priori: based on my assumptions and without any proper research – like a Daily Mail article – purely for entertainment and to spark discussion. I want to know if you agree, or disagree, and how you define it yourself.
First of all, I consider “fat appreciation” and feedism separate. Fat appreciation I consider to be an attraction to fat that could be compared to more ‘stereotypical’ attractions; such as to boobs, shoulders, men in leather jackets, “booty”. I think this type of fat appreciation has been unfairly “fetishised” by its non-mainstream status, stigma, and public ‘distaste’. Within my personal group of friends I know at least 5 girls and a handful of guys who admit attraction to fat, curvy or big (all used in context as a euphemism for fat) people. This equates to roughly 10% of my intermediate friends, and about 20% of my close friends who would be likely to divulge this type of personal and ‘stigmatized’ information. This suggests it is quite common.
Feedism is related but may not occur in all cases of fat appreciation. Feedism is the true fetishisation of fat appreciation and sexuality, and appears to have a number of dimensions. I would class feedism as a paraphilia: “…sexual arousal and gratification, involving a sexual behavior that is atypical or extreme”. I would suggest it is an evolution of fat appreciation – taking some aspect of fatness and making it a focal point of sexual arousal. ‘Obsession’ over these focal points may lead to a particular appreciation or ‘need’ for certain activities or details:
Typical examples include events or activities surrounding weight gain – excessive/greedy eating, stuffing, weighing and measuring, feeding, outgrowing clothes, laziness
There seems to be a strong overlap with BDSM, (loss of) control and public stigma – forced feeding, over-eating/stuffing (often compulsive), fat humiliation, (public) stuckage
Some (common) extreme themes such as immobility, loss of fitness, health difficulties associated with obesity, inactivity, inability for ‘activities of daily living’ such as washing/dressing/dependence, food addiction/dependency
A language of feedism is also apparent – capturing aspects of these themes and becoming sexual elements themselves (words epitomize stories and fantasy) – piggy, fatty, greedy, belly all act as a source of sexual arousal for me. I am hoping to capture this vocabulary in my research. I also intend to analyse fat fiction to look for recurring words that might reflect these key concepts.
Please comment, or contact me.
– Curious feeder