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Born This Way? How Sexual Orientation Does (And Doesn’t) Affect Body Image
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While people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT experience body image concerns in ways that are generally similar to people who identify as heterosexual, their experience and relationship with their body is likely to differ in specific ways. Heterosexual men have been found to report higher levels of body appreciation than gay and bisexual men , Some research suggests that sexual minority men may be more likely to internalise an appearance ideal that is centred around looking athletic and that there may be a greater emphasis on physical appearance in the gay community, which can negatively affect body image through pressure to match this ideal. One review of the research found that gay men are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to experience a desire to be thin, and this can sometimes manifest in higher levels of eating disorder symptoms. As in the wider research, studies focused on gay and bisexual men have found a connection between higher levels of body dissatisfaction, an increased likelihood of experiencing depressive symptoms and increased sexual anxiety and poorer sexual self-efficacy
Lesbians and Body Image
The first time I wore a crop top was at the Toronto Dyke March. I marched down the street with the strip of my stomach that had never before been touched by the sun fully bared. The only thing separating that outfit from any other I might have worn was three or four measly inches of exposed skin — but you have to understand the weight of those inches. Like, in a size 22 kind of way. Over the years, my relationship with my body — along with my weight and how I take care of myself — has had its ups and downs.
Gender-based differences in body image dissatisfaction are not conclusive. In this study, we quantitatively examined the degree of body image and sexual dissatisfaction experienced by heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women, to determine whether body dissatisfaction can predict sexual dissatisfaction. Three hundred and fifty-four women completed an online survey measuring body and sexual dissatisfaction. No sexual orientation-based differences were observed in body or sexual dissatisfaction; however, body concerns were found to have less influence on sexual dissatisfaction in lesbian women compared to heterosexual and bisexual women.