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Fought It For Years, But I Began Online Dating 5 Weeks Ago

I am what the medical community terms "morbidly obese".  I have been fat my whole life. In every relationship I've ever had it has always been the same thing: a man that thinks I am beautiful (of face) and have a great personality but wishes I were not so fat. I always felt like a seocnd class citizen in my own realtionship and like I had to make up for that deficit to him somehow. I felt like I should be grateful that he was giving me "a chance" even though he didn't really like my body. And the men felt like they were settling, that they could “do better” than me, and often were embarassed to me seen with me in public. It is an awful way to live feeling physically unattractive to the person you love.

All that ever garnered were bad and unfilling relationships - - for both of us. I made up my mind that I was not going to settle anymore. That the next time I was with someone it was going to be because they thought I was everything they wanted in a person (as much as that is possible.) I decided I would rather be alone than settle ever again. Many years passed and no man seemed to feel that way about me. Just more, "you are so beautiful. If only you weren't so fat." or  "I really like you. I would date you if only you weren't so fat." Mostly I was ok about that because I'd gotten to the point where alone was better than settling. I have a great life, amazing friends, tons of hobbies, etc. and am always busy, going, doing, and being loved by the many people in my life who do think I'm awesome just the way I am. But everyone needs physical contact...someone to touch them and to be able to touch them back. I would have times where I thought I was certain I was going to die alone, never having met anyone who could see me as more than layers of fat.

Many times in my life people have suggested going on the sites where men are seeking big women. I always fought it because I believed that there was something wrong with a man that didn't want a woman with a "hot "body. At first being on this website made me feel awkward and like a loser. But I've been on this site for just over a month now and talked to over 250 men from all over the country and around the world. Sure a batch of them (and maybe even most of them) are only looking for easy s-ex. But not all of them.

Do you know what I've learned? That I am some men's fantasy. Just like a man may prefer a petite girl, or blonde-haired girl, or a light-skinned girl, or a big-breasted girl, for some men, I am their fantasy body type. I didn't believe it at first, but I've had enough experiences with this site now to know that it's true. I realized just how much I bought into what our culture teaches us: that fat is ugly, fat is unattractive, fat cannot be sexy. But here, in this little online world of men seeking big women, I am sexy. I am beautiful. And I am desired. So even if I am not your fantasy, I am a lot of other men's. Now I just have to find the one that is mine!

talking2wendy talking2wendy 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 25, 2010

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Reading your story mirrors my life. I'm the Pretty Girl with a Beautiful Face BUT....I'm not a size 2 and OVERWEIGHT! I've been overweight all my life and I know all too well of the dating experiences you mentioned. So many times I've tried the different sites. Initially I would post my picture and then I'd get responses of guys saying you are gorgeous but show a full length picture. I knew that spelled PROBLEM. So I stopped posting my picture and still got responses from a creatively written profile. So the guys would always bug me to see my pic. I remember one guy screaming that how could I hide a beautiful face? Then later on he stated I should try to loose some weight because not many guys will look beyond my size. There was one guy who I started talking to who was everything I thought I was looking for. We'd talk and text everyday. finally it came to me showing my pic and he acted indifferently. Finally I asked him why and he said he didn't envision me like this. He said I was pretty but a bit too meaty for his liking and not to call him again. I was CRUSHED! Sooo, I know what you going through girlfriend. I'm proud of you that you've come so far with accepting who you are. Now I need to get back on the bandwagon.

Damn straight, girl! You hit the nail on the head. Some men worship the BBW form. You have just as much right to be loved as ANY girl, whether she be a 2 or a 32. You sound like you got your head on straight and will find a wonderful man. I'm happy and excited for you =)<br />
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You know a great book for you to read to guide yourself into a good relationship is Steve Harvey's Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I read it recently and it's a veritable gold mine of information to help decipher the crazy things men do. I enjoyed it and am applying it in my current relationship. <br />
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When you find a good love, grab it with both hands and don't let go, chica! Kisses!<br />
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Tu Amiga, <br />
La Malquerida