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The "Dad Bod": A Body Trend That's Not Just for Dads

The Short of It

Writer claims young women are attracted to this newly defined male body type, the "Dad Bod"—whether on an actual dad or not—which features a nice balance between a beer gut and ripped abs.

The Lowdown

The term "dad bod" exploded last week after student Mackenzie Pearson wrote about why young women are attracted to this male body type. She says in her article in The Odyssey that the physique implies, "I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time." She says a dad bod on a guy makes women want to date him because it shows he isn't worried about being perfect. "He's someone who knows who he is and loves his body," Pearson told BuzzFeed.

Examples of the dad bod include actual father Chris Pratt and the childless Leonardio DiCaprio, both of whom aren't overweight but don't have washboard abs either—at least Pratt didn't before getting ripped for his role in "Guardians of the Galaxy." Since Pearson's article appeared, dad bod photos have been popping up all over Instagram and Facebook. Regular guys are flaunting their slightly-soft-around-the-middle physiques while shirtless and even in Speedos.

The Upshot

Men shouldn't be body shamed because they don't look like Jamie Dornan any more than women should be shamed for not looking like Gisele Bundchen. Some argue, however, that it's still sexist to celebrate the averageness of a man's body while not accepting women's physical imperfections. There's no coordinating "mom bod" phrase with hoards of men salivating over that type, after all. It's wonderful that men can still be seen as sexy and desirable for just being normal, but it's a shame that women aren't yet viewed with the same attitude. The appeal of normal male bodies may be a step in the right direction, but there's still a long way to go before "mom bods"—whatever that means—are seen for how beautiful they are, too.

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