Netflix has a new teen drama, but it’s not something a lot many would appreciate. Few minutes of watching Netflix’s Insatiable will tell you that you disapprove of it.
Insatiable which is now streaming on Netflix is just another series in the latest trend of television shows that portray plus-size women. In fact, it’s worse than all others in its category. The plot of Insatiable revolves around Patty- played by Debby Ryan. They’ve given her everything that a fat girl in our society is deemed perfect for- laziness, depression, and no love. Apparently, the show delivers that Patty has a binge-eating disorder. All she does is hoard food, spend Fridays eating it all while she watches movies. In the very first episode, Patty herself says that while her classmates lose their virginity, she stays home stuffing food.
Insatiable develops the plot as Patty punches a homeless man when he tries to steal her chocolate. But the man takes revenge, punching her even harder in the face. It actually injures her so badly that her jaw was kept forced shut for three months. Patty is put on a liquid diet only which leads to her losing 70 pounds. Obviously, at this point in the show viewers can expect how Insatiable will now show Patty as a super attractive female now that her body got rid of the fat. Now Patty attains the beauty-pageant glory. She then process to taking revenge from her bullies who used to call her fat.
The Problem with ‘Insatiable’
Anybody who hears the plot of this new Netflix series can tell it’s nothing but an overused trope of Television. Ever since the trailer arrived, people are signing petitions for Netflix to take it off even before it premieres. Critics argue that Insatiable is a satire that has no perspective at all. People have argued that the focus of the plot is just going to set a disgusting example for teenage girls. Especially since they are continually facing assault for not having the ‘perfect’ bodies. Another popular criticism that the show has attracted is that it depicts fatness as a synonym for disordered eating. Not only does that hurt the sentiments of a lot of people struggling with weight issues, but is totally offensive to people who suffer from actual eating disorders.
For another time, television has produced content that disregards the feelings of women. Especially on an issue that greatly concerns them following the trends in our society for decades now. Women are continuously objectified on their weight. Any body image that does not comply with the zero-figure is considered unacceptable. They are never perfect- either too fat, or too thin, or simply showing off their assets. So, when we are already fighting off body-shaming and trying to accept ourselves for who we in reality are, did Netflix really have to stream a show that is shallow enough to actually use lines like ‘Skinny is magic’?
Insatiable is pretty much just another series implying that women will always remain inseparable from their body weight. And that any ‘good’ fat girl will attempt to lose her weight because unless she does not, she’ll just a be a disgusting lump that nobody cares about. With this new series, Netflix is giving us the message that fat women will always remain villains.
Everything about Insatiable has the potential of making any sane person loathe it. And not just women, but any person who has the capability to imply logic. In a world where women are struggling every day to remove the labels and throw off the gender stereotypes, this kind of body shaming and negativity is something we do not need. Let females accept themselves for who they naturally are. Perfect body images are unreal and do not exist. Just because a girl is fat, does not mean that she will never find success or love for that matter. Women have a lot more than their bodies to offer.
Lastly, people who suffer from eating disorders- be it anorexia or binge-eating go through a lot more than the rest of us can imagine. They have real life issues which go way beyond than simply taking revenge on those who bully them. Involving and associating body weight with dietary disorders is pathetic and is something that should be condemned.
We’ll probably never know what went wrong with Netflix that it decided to get something like Insatiable to stream on it.