Please understand that this is "hot" now. (via Thinkstock)
Hey, can somebody please send this story about how being kind of flabby and having a beer gut is now considered attractive to my wife? I'd send it myself, but I don't want to look like I'm looking for excuses for letting myself go in recent years. I mean, I am looking for excuses for letting myself go in recent years. I just don't want to look like it.
It'd be so cool if somebody could just shoot her a quick link and write a quick explanation of why everyone is saying that being out of shape is so sexy. Something like:
"Hey, girl! I just read this very interesting article by a Clemson University student named Mackenzie Pearson who totally knows what's cool nowadays, and she says that 'lately, girls are all about that dad bod'—the body type that says 'I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.'— and I thought you should read it. You truly are a lucky woman."
In fact, you can just just cut and paste that if you like. It'd certainly be easier, and I can't imagine you'd be able to express the sentiment better than I did just there.
Just between you and me, I am fully aware that this supposed seismic shift in the concept of male beauty is fully absurd. And more than a little sexist. I mean, it's not like articles written by college dudes extolling the virtues of the "mom bod" are suddenly going viral.
I kind of agree with Time's Brian Moylan, who lamented that the problem with the "dad bod" is that "it continues to reinforce inequality about what is acceptable for men and women." But I also kind of want my wife to let me eat a third slice of banana bread without looking at me in disgust. So, you know, I'm of two minds.