Mild spoilers for 'This is Us' lie ahead.
The first season of "This is Us" just came to a close last night (March 14), but people, including the actress who plays Kate Pearson, are setting their sights on season 2.
Chrissy Metz recently told People that she is ready for her character to get it on with Toby (Chris Sullivan).
"I want it on screen," she said. "I guess it'll offend people, still. But fat people do have sex, for the record."
I 100% agree that a plus-size woman shaped like Metz needs to be positioned as desirable on prime-time TV. But Toby should not be one who gets to do with her.
To be clear, it would be powerful to see two plus-size people having sex on primetime television. However, it gets problematic when we consider the fact that they hastily got engaged without thinking through their issues.
"This Is Us" has done a remarkable job of evolving their relationship. Kate and Toby started as diametrically opposing weight-obsessed lovers, and morphed into a couple that is learning how to give deeper meaning to their relationship.
While that evolution is terribly endearing, it doesn't do plus-size viewers, ones who need to see a plus-size woman gather validation from somewhere other than a man's love, much service.
Toby and Kate are still having issues communicating on a basic level, and that is largely due to the fact that Kate has never loved another man.
She doesn't need to sow her oats with a sea of strangers, but it's flawed to marry a man she hardly knows while she's still working on herself.
When Kate broke up with Toby, I thought she'd finally decided to focus on herself — and would test the waters to figure out what she's looking for in a partner.
The show touched on Kate's lack of experience when she encountered Duke, fat camp's bad boy, but they fell short in fully exploring it.
Granted, I LOATHED Duke with every fiber of my being, but his presence could have been vital to the story line in a different way — one where we get to see Kate exploring different parts of herself.
If Toby and Kate stay together in season 2, a steamy sex scene would be a natural progression in their relationship.
But I think it is important for plus-size women to know that they don't have to "settle" for the first person that's interested in them.
She could end up loving Toby in the way her parents loved each other, but it'd be amazing to see a plus-size woman who steps into the unknown instead of being afraid that she'll never find better than what she has now.