Why I'm Boycotting Insatiable

By Katiee McKinstry

If you’re a Netflix or Twitter user, you’ve probably seen the buzz around the new Netflix original show: Insatiable. This Netflix series dropped on August 10th, and as I’m writing this I have not seen it yet. However, I am planning on boycotting this show, and here are some reasons why:

1. It promotes the idea that you have to be thin to be beautiful.

Debby Ryan’s character is a bigger girl, that is bullied and eventually punched in the jaw over her weight. While her jaw is healing, she drops all the weight and suddenly gains a ton of self confidence. Everyone wants to be her friend, and she suddenly feels beautiful, whereas she didn’t before. ALL bodies are beautiful, not just thinner ones. You don’t have to be thin to be popular, have a cute significant other, or be gorgeous. The media has always had an issue with promoting the “think is beautiful” concept, and I’d like to think in 2018 we’d be past that.

2. It reiterates the idea that “women are crazy” and revenge is the only way to feel better.

In the media, often women are portrayed as over emotional and always looking  for ways to “get a man.” Insatiable highlights this patriarchal stereotype by showing a young woman who is suddenly thin getting revenge against the classmates who bullied in an over extravagant way. From the trailer, it seems to me that the focus in on the comedic atmosphere around Ryan’s character getting revenge, not the message that it’s wrong that they only like her now that she’s skinny.

Insatiable makes fun of plus sized women, has a thin actress in a fat suit, shows that beauty is equal to self worth, and has a get-thin-quick agenda rather than healthy living. I’m not saying that it’s not okay to be thin, it’s not that at all. I’m saying that you are just as beautiful at 200 pounds as you are at 120. All bodies are beautiful. All women are beautiful, thin or bigger. As a plus sized woman, I am disappointed in Netflix; they can do better. Portraying fat women as a joke only to be respected once they become thin is awful. Body shaming in any capacity is not okay.

Here is the trailer to watch for yourself.

I may end up watching the show so I can write a follow up article, and see if I have more thoughts or differing thoughts from where I am now. Write me on Instagram (@rosecafletic) and let me know your thoughts on the show! Are you for or against Insatiable and its message?


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