Weight/body types vs Culture/races?

Weight/body types vs Culture/races?

lalapetitee lalapetitee
A friend of mine brought up a interesting discussion last night. I am black or african american and she is white or caucasian. In my community there are mostly all blacks and hispanics. These men/women usually prefer "thick" or "curvy" women vs "skinny" or "thin" women. She says in her community mostly white, asian and indian prefer their women to be "thin" or "skinny". They look at "curvy" women as too heavy or not as attractive. Since I don't have many friends other than blacks, hispanics and a few white friends I thought I would bring this topic to Eden to get you opinions.

Do you feel these assumptions tend to be accurate or are they just special cases? Do you experience they same things in your community?

Me personnally I'm annoyed that because I'm not "thick" amd that I'm 5'3" 105 lbs I'm not most guys type here in Atlanta where I live. I don't desire to be either but I can see how some women may want to be "thick" or "curvy" in order to appeal to more people.

My friend thinks she has to be "thin" or "skinny" to be accepted and found attractive by guys in her area. She is also in Atlanta so I thought it was odd how different our areas are although we are in the same city. She tries to remain slender and sometimes resents women who are thin by nature but I don't resent women whom are curvy by nature. To me as long as you are healthy whether thin or curvy there is nothing negative about it. Everyone is made a certain way so how come society reacts so differently to weight and body types?

I would love to hear from other races as well.
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lalapetitee lalapetitee
Disclaimer: I am not excluding any races but rather stating what I notice in my area. I don't mean to offend anyone so if I used a term that you take offense to please feel free to correct me. I look forward to hearing everyones opinions!
12/22/2011
lalapetitee lalapetitee
bump *coughs*
12/22/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'll bite. Yes, there is a difference in tastes. I went to a VERY mixed high school in Ft. Lauderdale. I was either ignored or bullied by white guys since I was/am a thick white girl. The black and Hispanic guys were okay with me, but none offered to date or anything - they treated me better than the white guys did at any rate.

So, from experiences in Florida - your assumptions hold true. There will always be variations, of course; those are the ones you have to pounce on.

My Master is half-English and half-Indian, but he's always preferred big curvy women.
12/22/2011
Miaever Miaever
There is definitely a difference between races "reaction/treatment" of women of different body types. I come from a Hispanic background and I do notice that weight is not a big issue for men. I went to a mainly white middle school and high school and I am now attending a majority white college where white couple are generally made up of thin individuals. Unfortunately the environment one grows up in has a HUGE impact on ones views so when you grow up in an environment where thin is in you gravitate towards that.
12/22/2011
Moein Moein
Yes, In my region Africans woman are thick and taller than Middle eastern-Asian woman. Also, east Middeteranean coas woman are more lighter skin than North african one. I think from my view that in MiddleEast woman who live in desert areas are more slim than those live near rivers.
12/22/2011
Ghost Ghost
I'd like to point out the difference between "race" and "culture".

That is all.
12/22/2011
T&A1987 T&A1987
on the one hand I have seen plenty of curvier girls with thin, nonwhite guys, on the other hand I prefer curvier girls and am, as weird al would say, "white and nerdy" so it's nothing that's set in stone.
12/22/2011
lalapetitee lalapetitee
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I'll bite. Yes, there is a difference in tastes. I went to a VERY mixed high school in Ft. Lauderdale. I was either ignored or bullied by white guys since I was/am a thick white girl. The black and Hispanic guys were okay with me, but none ...
That's awful that you were treated unfairly. Glad you found someone to appreciate and respect you curves ;-) so far the culture or race things is spot on.
12/23/2011
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Quote:
Originally posted by Miaever
There is definitely a difference between races "reaction/treatment" of women of different body types. I come from a Hispanic background and I do notice that weight is not a big issue for men. I went to a mainly white middle school and high ...
Very true! To me I'm the rare exception in the black community but I don't care.
12/23/2011
bayosgirl bayosgirl
That's GENERALLY true. There are always exceptions, but I think the black and hispanic cultures have traditionally been more open to women of size.
12/23/2011
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Quote:
Originally posted by Ghost
I'd like to point out the difference between "race" and "culture".

That is all.
Yes. I could have picked a better word other than culture but in a way it fits. The culture I grew up with in black/hispanic communities is different than my friends white/asian community. So it may play a part too.
12/23/2011
lalapetitee lalapetitee
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
That's GENERALLY true. There are always exceptions, but I think the black and hispanic cultures have traditionally been more open to women of size.
I didn't want to assume it was the same for everyone everywhere so this is interesting to me. Personally size or weight doesn't matter to me. I'm interested in where the fixation in America came from.
12/23/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by lalapetitee
I didn't want to assume it was the same for everyone everywhere so this is interesting to me. Personally size or weight doesn't matter to me. I'm interested in where the fixation in America came from.
The fixation in white America started back after WWI - women were more active and the celebrities of the time (trend-setters and the rich) were slender and tanned. Youth became idealized because there was now a huge group of young women who worked, played sports, and had their own money for marketing firms to target. Gone forever were the days of judging a woman's family wealth by seeing if she can afford to eat which resulted in a few extra pounds. So, yeah, this is actually a fairly recent idea, and it's thoroughly ingrained into the white American consciousness after only a couple of generations.

(Now the preference can hide behind "Well, she's healthier being skinny!" Yes, tell that to all those girls who starved themselves and who died trying to be 'skinny'. Death ain't healthy, either.)

I can't really answer for the rest of the culprits, but that's my research into my own part of America's odd obsessions.
12/23/2011
Miaever Miaever
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
The fixation in white America started back after WWI - women were more active and the celebrities of the time (trend-setters and the rich) were slender and tanned. Youth became idealized because there was now a huge group of young women who worked, ...
Wow I never thought about that but it definitely makes sense... thank you for sharing the knowledge!!
12/23/2011
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