Hogging (sexual practice)

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Hogging or sweat hogging refers to the practice of groups of men who target overweight or obese women, typically for sexual encounters. Unlike fat fetishists, men who participate in hogging are not necessarily sexually attracted to obese women's bodies; they aim to manipulate a female's emotional state or to derive amusement for themselves and their friends by engaging in sexual activities with women who are overweight.


Individuals or groups have used hogging against women. Hogging often includes excessive alcohol consumption and emotional detachment. Hogging does not always include sexual intercourse, and often other sexual activities are the end goal. Participation sometimes includes making bets among male peers, as well as humiliating the woman involved.[1]

The practice has also been suggested as a manifestation of hypermasculinity, in which men who do not fit into normative expectations of manhood exhibit insecurity, defensiveness, and sexual aggression to make up for their incapacity to meet masculine standards. In this manner, hogging is described as a form of sexual predation in which sex is an act of conquest, not intimacy.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Fenske, Sarah (2003-10-01). "Big Game Hunters". Cleveland Scene. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
  2. ^ Marilyn D. McShane; Franklin P. Williams (1 January 2007). Youth Violence and Delinquency [Three Volumes]. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-08204-7.

Further reading[edit]

  • Prohaska, Ariane; Gailey, Jeannine (2009). "Fat Women as "Easy Targets: Achieving Masculinity Through Hogging"". In Rothblum, Esther; Solovay, Sondra (eds.). The Fat Studies Reader. NYU Press. ISBN 978-0-8147-7631-5.