Dating show heavy people
That in itself is illustrative of the entrenched fatphobia on display in the rest of the answers.It also comes in at 9/100, meaning that out of 100 people surveyed, “She’s in love” was the answer given by only nine people.This myth is something we see throughout American culture, whether it’s in movies, politics, or popular culture.If a classically attractive person of any gender is with a fat man, the general assumption is that this fat man has to have money or some sort of power.To assume that fat people will only ever be with fat people is at the very least ignorant, if not completely fatphobic and sizeist.And as for the idea that fatness is inherently correlated with (over)eating — that’s another myth too.But it’s much easier for people to understand two skinny or traditionally attractive people being together because they’re attracted to each other than when a skinny or traditionally attractive person chooses to be with a fat man for other less superficial reasons.With this myth, we see how people attempt to take away fat people’s agency.
On the episode she recorded, host and comedian Steve Harvey asks the contestants to answer a rather loaded statement: “Name a reason a woman might decide to be with a chubby [or fat] man.” The contestants’ answers end up providing a humorous round in the minds of the contestants, Steve Harvey, and presumably the audience.
” My sister tagged me in this post knowing my background in fat studies and sexuality studies (and as a fat masculine person), knowing I would agree with her frustrations.
[Image description: A screenshot of the Family Feud game board with the six most popular answers: “Fatty got money” (34 out of 100 people surveyed), “She’s fat/digs food” (23/100), “She’ll look better” (12/100), “She’s in love” (9/100), “He’s warm/cuddly” (6/100), and “He won’t cheat” (4/100).]The one thing this particular round of Family Feud does correctly is summarize many of the unfortunate myths our society perpetuates about fat people — specifically, fat men — and relationships.
But my sister didn’t share this video on her Facebook page to garner laughs from her friends and family.
It was quite the opposite: my sister was angry at the round’s subject and the answers given. This is why people think you have to be skinny/fit to be beautiful, to be wanted, to be loved, and to deserve anything…this is NOT OKAY!