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Dialogue Panel Presentation: Putting Curves In Sexuality and Mental Health: De-Constructing Cultural Stigma Associated with "Plus Size" Women and Embracing the Body Positivity Movement
Description: While society has challenged the notions of body positivity, what constitutes as healthy, and worked towards de-constructing the shame associated with being "plus size", little research has addressed this in an academic and clinical context. The purpose of this panel will be to discuss barriers women who identify as "curvy", "plus size", or "BBW" face regarding mental health services, biases of therapist, judgment towards reproduction, and challenges embracing their body, sexuality and pleasure.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: describe how research, social constructs, and myths inform patient's sense of self regarding body image, obtainment of sexual pleasure, engagement in romantic and healthcare relationships; recognize current definitions regarding patients who are "plus size"/ "curvy" or medically "obese"; recognize their own biases and perceptions of interacting with larger size patients; identify barriers to mental and sexual healthcare for patients who society condemns and fetishes their ability to be sexual and reproduce.