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A qualitative exploration of whether lesbian and bisexual women are ‘protected’ from sociocultural pressure to be thin

Huxley, Caroline J.; Huxley, Caroline; Clarke, Victoria; Halliwell, Emma

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Caroline J. Huxley

Caroline Huxley



Abstract

Heterosexual women in Western cultures are known to experience body image concerns, dieting and disordered eating as a result of intense social pressures to be thin. However, it is theorised that lesbian and bisexual women belong to a subculture which is ‘protective’ of such demands. Fifteen non-heterosexual women were interviewed about their experiences of social pressure. Thematic analysis of their accounts suggests that such theorising may be inaccurate, because these lesbian and bisexual women did not feel ‘protected’ from social pressures and experienced body dissatisfaction. While they might attempt to resist thin idealisation, resistance is not centred around their sexuality.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Health Psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 2
Pages 273-284
APA6 Citation Huxley, C., Clarke, V., & Halliwell, E. (2014). A qualitative exploration of whether lesbian and bisexual women are ‘protected’ from sociocultural pressure to be thin. Journal of Health Psychology, 19(2), 273-284. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105312468496
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105312468496
Keywords body image, body size, appearance, sexuality, qualitative methods
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105312468496
Additional Information Additional Information : Published online 7 January 2013.

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