Fucking Failures: The Future of Fat Sex

White, F.R. 2016. Fucking Failures: The Future of Fat Sex. Sexualities. 19 (8), pp. 962-979. doi:10.1177/1363460716640733

TitleFucking Failures: The Future of Fat Sex
AuthorsWhite, F.R.
Abstract

In the context of the obesity ‘epidemic’ fat people’s sex lives are cast as sterile, sexually dysfunctional or just plain non-existent. This article analyzes medical discourses of obesity and sex in order to argue that fat sex is constructed as a type of failure. Using insights from antisocial queer theory, fat sex is further shown to be queer in its failure to adhere to the specifically heteronormative dictates of what Edelman (2004) calls ‘reproductive futurism’. The analysis finally engages with Halberstam’s (2011) notion of queer failure to demonstrate how deconstructing notions of success and failure might offer fat political projects new ways to imagine the future of fat sex.

KeywordsFat studies, heteronormativity, reproductive futurism, queer, queer failure
JournalSexualities
Journal citation19 (8), pp. 962-979
ISSN1461-7382
Year2016
PublisherSage
Accepted author manuscriptFR White Fucking Failures PRE-PRINT.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1363460716640733
Web address (URL)http://sex.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/19/1363460716640733.full.pdf
Publication dates
Published online22 Jul 2016
Published22 Jul 2016

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