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Wednesday
Nov092011

Ashley Madison 'Fat Ad' Shames Women, Says Obese Model

Ashley Madison(NEW YORK) -- An obese model lying seductively in a red bra and black lace panties has become the poster child for why a husband should cheat on his wife in ads slapped across the Internet this week.

"Does your wife scare you at night?" asks an ad for Ashley Madison, the dating site that promotes affairs outside marriage.

When the model in the photo saw how it was used, she said it scared and offended her, because the ad was suggesting that fat women make repulsive sexual partners.

Identifying herself as "Jacqueline," she wrote a letter to the celebrity, sex and fashion website Jezebel, saying her image had been used without her authorization.

"I am mortified that my image and likeness would be used as advertisement for two things I am so vehemently against: namely cheating and, to an even greater extent, body shaming," Jacqueline wrote in a Nov. 7 guest column.

Her scantily clad, size 32 image adorns her erotic website, Juicy Jackie, which she says caters to "the tastes of those that love big women, their curves, rolls and all the plush softness that comes with being fat."

"I was under the impression at the time that people purchasing these photos from the photographer would be doing so for their own personal use," she wrote.  "I had no idea that the photographer would endeavor to sell the photos to corporations and/or stock photo companies, who would then go on, repeatedly, to use them in rude and mocking ways."

Jacqueline told ABC News that she is more upset about how "damaging" the ad is to women of all sizes."

"Beauty is not one size fits all, nor is the matter of body insecurity," she said.  "This is a foul message to send women and to do so repeatedly shows a great lack of respect and overall sense of disdain towards women, especially those who do not fit this company's ideal body image."

Afterwards, Ashley Madison's CEO Noel Biderman shot back via Jezebel: "The best thing that could've happened to this woman is that we used her in our ad.  Despite what she may want you to think, she is reaping the press for her own pornography website."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Friday
Aug122011

Cancer Survivor Creates Dating Site for Those Who Can't Have Sex

Courtesy Laura Brashier(RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.) -- Laura Brashier beat stage 4 cervical cancer, but the grueling treatments killed her sex life.  The countless surgeries and radiation destroyed her vaginal tissue and made intercourse impossibly painful.

The Rancho Santa Margarita, California hair stylist was only 37 then, and she found it hard to broach the topic with boyfriends.  So, she just didn't get involved romantically.

"It was the only thing on my mind," said Brashier, who is twice divorced and has no children.  "I dated on and off, but I didn't tell anyone for years.  I figured if I am doing that, a lot of others are, too."

Now, more than a decade later at 50, she has created a website for others who cannot have sex because of disease, disability or even disinterest, but want love.  The site, 2date4love, launched on Aug. 1 and in the first three days it had 2,000 visitors.

"I didn't want to be alone.  This was the reason I went online," she said.  "My reason is to help a lot of people like me if I can."

Users can write details about themselves and look for others with similar interests without having to worry about the sexual part.  One testimonial from a cervical cancer survivor said the site had given her the "hope and courage I've needed to delve back into the dating scene."

Those who face physical hurdles in having sexual intercourse are part of a large, silent group, according to Brashier.

"Nobody talks about it," she said.

An estimated one-in-three Americans will have cancer in their lifetimes and aggressive treatments can have an impact on sexual function, according to Dr. Ilana Cass, a gynecological oncologist at Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles.

"Add in depression and that number is huge," said Cass.  "It's a meaningful number of patients and studies are starting to look at the quality of life of cancer survivors, their cognitive function and sexual intimacy issues."

She applauds Brashier's mission and said the medical community is "very much turning a spotlight on these questions."

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