Dad Bods, Gramp Bods, and why can’t we just be accepting?

Deerfield / IL / Etats-Unis - 5/2/15

“The dad bod 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,’” writes Clemson University student Mackenzie Pearson in an article that went viral and accounts for the current fixation on the Dad Bod.”*

I was listening to ‘Eric and Kathy’ on WTMX, FM 101.9, the other day and they were talking about the ‘Dad Bod.’ I had no idea what they were talking about. Apparently, from what I have been reading, there is a lot of confusion as to what this body is and there are many variations, but basically it can go from a pretty fit guy with a small amount of ‘belly’ to someone who is really pretty out of shape and yet was probably an athlete at some time.

They put Jon Hamm as the ultimate owner of a ‘Dad Bod.’ Okay.

Where do we go with all this? Some say that it just shows the sexist side of America, as it is okay and maybe even desirable for a man to not be perfectly in shape in a culture where we expect the women to be ‘perfect.’ We all know of body image issues among women and girls and despite the fact that they exist with men and boys, it just isn’t the same societally.

I am convinced, that as judgmental as other cultures can be, that they might not treat those who are supposedly ‘less accepted’ as a norm, as badly as we do. I am guessing that if we would lay off the judgment, that fewer people would feel stressed about the situation. On the other hand, movements where people are moving forth with the idea that the way they look is beautiful, are a good thing. It all boils down to how you feel about yourself. And, no matter what fate has gifted you with in terms of body and looks, a person should always take care of him or herself, practice good hygiene, and dress appropriately and nicely.

I walk around, as Cyrano de Bergerac said, with a nose that precedes me into the room. Okay, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but there is some truth to that, lol! I remember my grandfather, who was gifted with pretty much the same nose and was never bothered by it. I was. I was often treated differently growing up, called names, mistreated, and I so often, as an adolescent, wished I had had the money to get it changed. At this point in my life, that would not happen, I have come to accept it. I watched my sons grow up, wondering who would get the nose and thought of setting up a rhinoplasty fund. As it turns out, my sons have the wonderful body image they should have and are not bothered by poor views of themselves.

I remember going to France, and maybe it is because of the angular quality of the features they sometimes have, but I never felt different. Maybe that helped seal the deal on my love affair with the French language and culture. The French and Europeans are much better than we are in that arena.

So what really is the ‘Dad Bod?’ Is there really a definition or is it just some concept that went viral in our cyberworld? I am scared. Is the ‘Gramp Bod’ next on the agenda?

*Since I still cannot put in a link, here is where the quote came from:

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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