I am so sick of movies and TV shows in which beautiful women fall in love with schlubby guys. God forbid the male protagonist should ever fall in love with a plain, unattractive or overweight woman. Or that such a woman should exist in a movie without her being relegated to the role of quirky friend/side character or her appearance being mocked.
I feel it’s necessary for me to be clear that of course it’s normal for women to fall in love with men for reasons other than physical attractiveness. What I am saying is that men and male protagonists in films are allowed to just be, and their lack of conventional attractiveness is not their defining feature or a judgment of their character, but there seems to be a beauty imperative for their female counterparts.
I’m not necessarily calling for a gender reversal of the Ugly Guy, Hot Wife trope; I would just like to see leading ladies who fall outside of the narrowly-defined category of “conventional attractiveness.”