About a month ago, The Odyssey Online published a piece titled “Why Girls Love the Dad Bod.” In just 500 words, Clemson University’s Mackenzie Pearson managed to piss off college girls all across the country, suggesting that young women are into guys with “dad bods” because they are insecure.
Though I don’t mean to make these college girls any more mad than they already are, I do believe Pearson may have had a point. I mean, why else would young ladies prefer the “dad bod” to a fit bod? If you have a better explanation for this, please share (and don’t give me any of that “everyone has a type” or “physical appearance isn’t the only thing that matters” crap). Because while everyone does indeed have a type, and personality is certainly important, these factors are not enough of an explanation for why young women are choosing “dad bods” over all other bods. They are solely an explanation for why young women choose “dad bods,” period.
According to Pearson, “The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. 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.’ It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.” I don’t mean to sound superficial, but let’s be real–no woman actually prefers this body type to an athletic body type. And for those women who claim they do, they are either insecure as Pearson stated, competitive, or are not confident/don’t think they can get a man with an athletic build.
Ladies, snap out of it. This is not okay. You should not be settling for anything in life due to insecurity, pride, or a lack of confidence. And whether you realize it or not, so many of you are. Not only have I seen a recent interest in “dad bods,” but also in skinny, pale bods, and older men with receding hairlines amongst many of the women I know (and yes, I’m serious about the receding hairlines).
These odd obsessions need to stop. They are only going to encourage more men to look this way (aside from receding hairlines-those are inevitable for some), and before we know it–we won’t even have athletic bods as an option. Plus, dating a man who is more fit than you could motivate you to get into better shape rather than make you feel insecure/bad about yourself–believe it or not.
With that being said, let Pearson’s piece serve as the wake-up call it is. It’s time to start saying bye bye to dad bods and hello to the bods you both want and deserve.