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Here's what they had to say: Why don't you date fat women?

Online dating is rough enough without some guy responding to a message by saying "hit the gym and then we'll talk" (totally true, totally happened to me.) These answers reinforced what I already knew to be true: We have to change the way we treat fat women.

And, just to be clear, the views of these men are not my views — or necessarily the views of Your Tango.

I've always wanted to know what goes on inside the heads of men who refuse to date a woman just because she is fat.

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.

More specifically, my sister said: The one thing this particular round of Family Feud does correctly is summarize many of the unfortunate myths our society perpetuates about fat people—specifically, fat men—and relationships.

In keeping with TBINAA’s theme of fighting body terrorism in search of radical self love and acceptance, we will be looking at the various myths this episode lists, how they’re harmful, and how they are simply not true.

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