“It was not uncommon to hear ‘There is no worse fate than to be fat and gay.’”
Statistically, gay men suffer from more eating disorders and body image concerns than straight men. So is it true that they struggle more with body image, or are straight men just less likely to admit to these struggles?
Here’s Stuff Mom Never Told You‘s Cristen Conger, examining some of the top theories on body image among gay men. Can you relate to any of these struggles?
This information is a good start to fostering a healthy body image that everyone deserves.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Queer Male Body Image: A Feminist Crash Course
- Trans Folks, Body Image, and Eating Disorders: Why We Must Shift the Narrative
Cristen Conger joined up with HowStuffWorks.com and Discovery Communications in 2009 as a staff writer. That same year, identifying a need for more intelligent digital media by and for women, she co-created Stuff Mom Never Told You and has since honed her expertise in women, gender and sex. Cristen also contributes to Huffington Post Women, and her writing has additionally appeared on Jezebel, Bitch, MSNBC and ABC News. Follow her on Twitter @CristenConger.
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