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dc.contributor.supervisor Vasey, Paul Terry, Lesley L. University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science 2011-08-19T19:20:18Z 2011-08-19T19:20:18Z 2010
dc.description viii, 128 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract Feederism is a fat fetish subculture that eroticizes eating, feeding, and gaining weight. This thesis attempts to explain the practice of Feederism using an evolutionary approach. Chapter one examines the historical and cross-cultural meaning of fat and its association with fertility, health, and beauty. Chapter one also reviews the current literature on fat admiration and Feederism, and introduces some possible explanations for what Feederism is, and how it can be conceptualized. Chapter two describes a case study that was conducted on a female member of the Feederism community. The results of this case study add support to the hypothesis that Feederism is paraphilic. Chapter three describes a psychophysiological study that tested how members of the general population respond to and rate feeding stimuli. This study was conducted to determine whether Feederism is an exaggeration of a more normative and functional mate selection strategy. The results of this study demonstrate that males and females both respond to and rate feeding stimuli similarly. No definitive conclusions were drawn with respect to the exaggeration hypothesis, because, although participants did subjectively rate the feeding stimuli as more sexually arousing than neutral stimuli, they did not genitally respond to the feeding stimuli significantly more than to the neutral stimuli. Chapter four summarizes the results of the two studies and discusses how these finding might inform future research on paraphilias, courtship, and intimacy. en_US
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dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology, c2010 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Fetishism (Sexual behavior) en_US
dc.subject Paraphilias en_US
dc.subject Psychosexual disorders en_US
dc.subject Food en_US
dc.subject Overweight persons en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Food, feeding and female sexual arousal en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Psychology en_US Masters

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