Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Degree Granting Department

Womens Studies

Major Professor

Diane Price-Herndl, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kimberly Golombisky, Ph.D.

Committee Member

David Rubin, Ph.D.


Fatness, Feminism, Ashley Graham, Namio Harukawa, Sex, Women


The purpose of this thesis is to use specific fat pornographic imagery as a means to help us understand fat tropes and fetishization. The goal is to use our understandings of masculinity and race within fatness to create a possible launching point for further study within the field of fat sexuality studies. My rationale for writing such a paper is because fat sexuality studies is a field which has very little content, but potential for incredible scholarship which can impact not only our understandings of fat bodies, but of all bodies. The method for this thesis involves looking at specific images of “still-image” fat pornography and using these images to explain theoretical conceptions of fat sexuality. My hope for the significance of this work is that it will help to more firmly place fat sexuality studies in the academic landscape as a site for further research.