18: Jess Hagemann and the Whole Body

Jess Hagemann is an author, biographer, ghostwriter, editor, and journalist residing in Austin, Texas. We spoke about her new book, Headcheese, and the condition afflicting her many characters: amputation related desires either fetishized or as a result of body integrity identity disorder (BIID). She talks about researching and writing her characters and what she learned in the process.


I think Rule 34 is the fetish rule I mentioned, but there is no good source on this!

Chris Panatier (Headcheese illustrator mentioned in the interview)

The study I mentioned in my interview about increased weight bias (notably “implicit attitudes toward overweight individuals even showed a slight shift toward increased bias over time”) and a Washington Post article that mentions the study