On the new show "More to Love," a 300-pound bachelor searches for love amongst a group of "real" women. Will you watch?
Momlogic's Talitha: "More to Love" premieres tonight. Though the show's purpose is to prove that love comes in all shapes and sizes, the fact that they call the overweight contestants "real" is not just annoying, but problematic. First of all, let's address the fact that though the show claims to be focused on the "inside not the outside," its entire premise is about weight! That's its first lie.
Secondly, let's face the facts: The women on the show are overweight women and should be called overweight women -- not "real women." Isn't every woman a REAL woman? Is a woman who is a size 8 not "real," just like a woman twice her size? They are real, a thin person is real, a short person is real -- we are all "REAL."
Third, the show claims that these plus-sized women have a hard time finding love. As if it's not hard for everyone else, too! Ever watched "The Bachelor"? Thirty gorgeous women competing for one guy? Pretty women have a hard time because guys only like them for their looks. Smart and successful women have a hard time because guys are intimidated by them, and older women have a hard time because of their age. We've all got it rough!
Lastly, the women on this show all have to be a size 14 and up -- and many are technically obese. It might sting, but it's true. Yes, they deserve love. But why are overweight people segregated to their own show? Is it going to turn into some freak show that only exploits them?
I'm worried this show helps perpetuate the notion that obesity has become the norm. More and more shows focusing on how fat this country is are emerging, from "The Biggest Loser" to "Dance Your Ass Off." America is fat. And it's nothing to brag about, and certainly it should not be considered normal, or "real."
Does "More to Love" exploit or empower? Tune in tonight to find out.