“I Feel Pretty” and Unseen

How to recognize weight bias in film reviews

Of all of the fifty top-grossing films of the 21st century, not a single one features a plus-sized female protagonist; few, in fact, ​include plus-sized women whose characters are even given names. ​Why might this be​, and how might this affect society’s perception of plus-sized women as a whole? Themes to be explored in this story include common character roles and token-ing, importance of weight or appearance to plot, and widely-held assumptions on self-esteem.