After having just seen X-Men Apocalypse a few days ago, and it was amazing by the way, I began thinking once again about something that has been bothering me about the X-Men franchise for some time; why in the world have they not had a plus-size, female X-Man yet?! I don’t mean something like the Blob who is made fun of rather blatantly; I mean a character whose weight is not mentioned, and does not define who they are. I’m not just talking the comics either; I’m talking about the films as well.
The X-Men have paved the way for tolerance and acceptance of all people since their debut in 1963. The franchise is about being different, and the struggles mutants face just for being who they are. To get this message across, they have represented different races, nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations within the X-Men universe. The X-Men franchise has also featured strong female characters that have inspired generations of girls and women. I think it’s about time for the X-Men franchise to pave the way for tolerance again.
When more than 2 in 3 adults in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese, and over 70% of women in the U.S. are a size 14 or above, isn’t it about time that those people be represented in a positive light within our pop culture? Barbie is already paving the way with its line of different sizes of dolls; including a curvier figured model. There has even been a plus sized, female superhero introduced by Valiant Comics!
As a fan of the X-Men franchise, and a plus size woman, I whole heartedly believe that introducing a plus size X-Man to the franchise, and particularly to the films, would change the lives of many people and lead to less body shaming. The character could be an already introduced X-Man, or a totally new one; it wouldn’t matter as long as they were portrayed in a positive light. Having just one fight scene, a cameo, of a plus-size woman in an X-Men franchise film would be incredible! If you would like them to cast a woman that looks like me in an X-Men franchise film, or see one in the comics, please share this!
Edit: For those that think normalizing plus-size people is the same as promoting addiction and unhealthy habits: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=91817
This article says: “What we look like on the outside doesn’t really matter; it’s what’s inside that really counts.”