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The fact that this myth is the most popular of the 6 given answers—34 of the 100 people originally surveyed gave this or a similar answer—is troubling in and of itself.
This myth is something we see play out throughout the various facets of American culture, whether it’s movies or politics or pop culture.
About a month ago, one of my sisters tagged me in a video she recorded of Family Feud—a game show where two families compete for a cash prize by trying to find the most popular answers to a variety of questions.
On the episode of the daytime game show 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.” This, as one might imagine, ends up being a rather humorous round for the contestants, Steve Harvey, and the audience.
This survey answer works in tandem with an answer given by one of the contestants that ended up not being on the board: the fat man in question is good at sex.
Steve Harvey, in his “comedic” fashion, acts as if this is the most outrageous answer in the world, as the other contestants and the audience laugh in agreement with the host.
With this myth, we have an example of how people attempt to take the agency away from fat people, and really people in general.
Fat men, under any and all circumstances, are unattractive to all people.
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, actually: my sister was angry at the round’s subject and the subsequent answers given.
This is one of those “positive stereotypes” many folks who shy away from “political correctness” try to use in their blatant bigotry, similar to “all Asians are smart” or “all gay men are fashionable and confident.” The issue with “positive stereotypes” is the fact that they automatically alienate anyone who doesn’t fit in with those stereotypes or, even worse, anyone who wants to be seen as more than just what society wills upon them.
Fat men are stereotyped as being warm and cuddly, but not much else on the “positive” side of stereotyping.Just as some people might pursue a fat man for money or power, some people might only pursue fat men to seem more attractive to others.In reality, though, this seems to be less common than this answer would have us believe.In some ways, this myth is contradictory with another myth that claims fat men only want to be with traditionally attractive people.