The NY Times published an article a few weeks ago that I've been meaning to blog on. Well, today's the day.
“I sort of think the six-pack abs obsession got so prissy it stopped being masculine,” is how Aaron Hicklin, the editor of Out, explains the emergence of the Ralph Kramden. What once seemed young and hot, for gay and straight men alike, now seems passé. Like manscaping, spray-on tans and other metrosexual affectations, having a belly one can bounce quarters off suggests that you may have too much time on your hands.
“It’s not cool to be seen spending so much time fussing around about your body,” Mr. Hicklin said.
And so guys can happily and guiltlessly go to seed.
Guys now get a free pass to have a gut because it's "prissy" to be in shape all of a sudden? They can't be serious. I'm about to punch someone. My friends and I were talking about this at my birthday party, and I went off into a string of expletives, I was so annoyed. I kept saying, "I swear I'm blogging about this bullshit tomorrow!!!" ...And of course my guy friends all started sticking their bellies out and saying "I'm the hottest guy on earth." Buttholes.
Though there's a backbone of truth in this, I won't get into the male super stars who are fat, bald, unattractive (by conventional terms) etc,etc. I still think this article is just insane. They go on to say:
Women have almost never gotten a pass on the need to maintain their bodies, while men always have, said Robert Morea, a personal fitness trainer.
Wow. That's news. Seriously, do you even need to say that? This article isn't titled, "Newsflash: Women, it's okay to have muffin tops. In fact, it's the new sexy thing!" or "Muffin tops are the new runway accessory!"
I think women are going to be forever held to impossible standards. Will there ever be an end in sight?
Bah, I knew the sissies couldn't keep it up!
It may be the new hot for guys, but I, for one, and not striving to have a gut.
Oh, and I totally agree with you. There is a real double standard out there.
Isn't that just always the way it is? It's just like it's okay for male television stars to get old, fat, and bald, but if a woman does - out she goes.
It's never going to end, never going to change. We're talking in terms of Hollywood right? Yes there are male sex icons out there but that isn't what every man is searched out to be. You don't have to be sexy to be in a crude comedy.
However...every woman in Hollywood always has been and always will be seen as a sex symbol and that's why the "fat" actresses never stick around unless they lose the weight. Fuck Hollywood man.
Stupid double standards. Ugh.
Turns out the NY Times and many other media sources don't have enough real topics to cover, and fill up their trends/style/etc/ section with nonsense that only a handfull of people in one urban setting believe. "I heard from a hairdresser in the village that soul patches are shockingly back in, but only on old guys!" "Quick, to the presses with that story".
It's all bullshit is the point. The media is so retarded.
My husband has a belly like that these days even though he's otherwise slim. Doesn't bother me at all. :-) And I'm trying to lose weight too after two pregnancies. Tough job... Great photos here!
awesome! ive been training for this day my whole live. who wants to pet my hotness!?
You know, if the media would finally diversify - as in show the many different cultures and races we have in this country - people would finally see that beauty comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. Not all cultures value super thin women - many cultures out there love curvy women.
the quick answer is NO! Women will never be able to get to that perfect standard, whatever that is. It's rediculous!
Ridiculous. Women are getting thinner, guys are getting fatter...
Ahhh diane nailed it.
and yet I still wonder why we can (the royal. the feminine) seize control and make muffin tops the new black?
Gray hair and wrinkles the new...breast implants and botox?
BS...BS! I'm so mad. I saw this on MSN.com one day as well. Dang it. I would have been a REALLY hot guy.
Aw, isn't it a little unfair?
So,do girls really have to have a liposuction or something like that to look sexy? Just plain unfairness.. So, women need to workout till dead and men don't?
Somebody pass me a beer... or ten.
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