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May 11, 2015

'Dad bod': Sexy or sexist?

OMG, our dads are totes on fleek. (Translation: The beer belly is in style.)

A new fad in male physique, coined the "dad bod," has been causing a storm on social media as millennial men are apparently embracing the beer belly look and ladies are liking it. Well, some of them are.

For those not in the know, the dad bod is described as a pudgy belly on top of a bit of muscle mass, a look 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," or "I'm fun and you're the pretty one," according to Clemson University sophomore Mackenzie Pearson who published the essay Why Girls Love The Dad Bod” on the college-focused website The Odyssey.

“We don’t want a guy that makes us feel insecure about our body,” Pearson writes. “We are insecure enough as it is. We don’t need a perfectly sculpted guy standing next to us to make us feel worse.” 

Soon after Pearson's post began circulating on social media, bigger media sites began weighing in, from TIME Magazine to Slate, GQ, BuzzFeed and more, with some touching on a point that Pearson missed - what it says about women.

"It continues to reinforce inequality about what is acceptable for men and women. While the ladies have to go to Pilates and watch every single calorie, guys are free to let themselves get lazy, chow down on all the chips and guac they want, and still expect their prospective mates to be fit," TIME reporter Brian Moylan writes.