Look familiar? I'm seeing it in almost every television commercial, on too many TV sitcoms to list, in movies and in print ads. It's literally being shoved down our throats and force fed to us daily. You can't watch a simple ad for cereal or phone service without being bombarded with it.
I really would like to know why we are constantly being shown a large size or obese man with a slim, trim, obviously works out and eats right (or doesn't eat at all) woman? Yet, you hardly ever see a plus sized woman portrayed as the wife/girlfriend of a slim, fit, good looking guy? They always show it in reverse. They barely even show just two average sized people on TV anymore - the guy/boyfriend/husband is always fat, the woman, perfectly thin. I see these images constantly on commercials for Best Buy, Verizon, Circuit City, McDonald's, Kmart, Target, Sprint, Burger King, etc, etc, etc, ad nauseum.
Now that you don't have to be "perfect" to be on television, it seems like the fat guys are getting all the work. But what about the women? I wouldn't care if there was at least some equality. Show me a large sized woman with slim, finely muscled, handsome hottie sitting on the couch, or in the appliance store helping her pick out the DVR, or playfully helping her toss salad or chop vegetables in the kitchen.
Or, get this, a large size COUPLE. That's actually more realistic. That's actually the version that I see more often when out in public. Where both partners are large.
It actually makes more sense, because most couples tend to live a similar lifestyle under the same roof. There are exceptions, but for the most part, if the goose is eating Mickey D's 24-7, then so is the gander.
And by the way, why are fat men still more acceptable on TV than fat women? I know this whole trend dates as far back as The Honeymooners with Ralph and Alice Kramden, but now that the industry is being all fair and PC, why not just go all the way? I'd like to see just as many big women on the tube as I see big men. It's only fair!
Now, I'm not advocating being overweight here....just talking about equity. I'm always about what's fair. If I get two, you get two, too. Even Steven. Unless you're my younger brother. With him, it was always who was quick enough to get the last piece or the bigger half (of anything)....
I'm sick of seeing the fat guy with the skinny girl. Unless you're going to balance the scales and also show the other version (big woman/small man), then, just stop it!
It seems to me that they're teaching women to be completely accepting of men in any size, shape or form, but for men, a slim, trim woman who goes to the gym while he sits on the couch eating chips...hey, that's just how it's supposed to be! I SO disagree, and women consumers also should pipe up a little about this.
To me, this teaches males that they don't have to take care of their bodies or bother much with grooming, being healthier, etc...no matter what, they still deserve a slim, hot chick. Fat girls are out!
Always go for the super model type, big guy!
A really good woman shouldn't care that you're pushing 400+ lbs! If she does, she's shallow! But you? You're not being shallow for only trying to pick skinny women. You're just.... being a guy....
Girls are being taught to be more forgiving and to just accept a mate regardless of what size he is. You want a slim, fit, good looking guy who takes care of his body? How superficial!!! You should be ashamed of yourself! True beauty is on the inside! How dare you not give the
obese/chubby/portly guy a chance!
What's really unfortunate is seeing the media avidly enforcing this imbalanced point of view....
So.....in conclusion, if size really doesn't matter anymore, then where are the big girls on TV? Either put both, or none at all. That's all I'm sayin'.....
Let's just make it fair.