Sunday, August 16, 2009

NO, It's Not Hip to Be Round. I'm Calling 'Lazy.'

What a ridiculous premise this NY Times article has!
So, just because the economy is bad, we should forget about health and well-being. Since when was taking care of one's self a sign of decadence and having too much time?
I don't know Guy Trebay nor have I ever seen him in person but I would bet that he has, at least a mild form, of bicep-envy.

A bit says:

“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.

No way, man, no friggin' way! How ridiculous is this?! Are the Times out of serious writers with credible stories and premises?
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Sra said...

That's pretty whack. People who want to take care of themselves are attractive, and that includes caring about your health and fitness. I personally am not into anything too sculpted, though. I like lean and fit, not buff.

JJ said...

NO excuse for being a slob. Working out is a necessity not some weird metrosexuality. Very odd article.

Anonymous said...

I think I will take the middle ground on this topic. While I dont think unhealthy is the new hot, I do not find gym types overly attractive. I like a guy who looks ... well ... average and I find a face ... the eyses and lips very important. It does not matter how hot the body is .... if the face is blah its a no go! I will forgive a little bit of a round belly and some love handles for a great smile and sexy eyes.... a nice package helps too. As a gay guy who is in grad school ... I just cant hit the gym regularly and I have gotten a bit pudgy .... not obese .... just softer... I dont mind it.... and I can still turn heads. Im just saying .... a cut body is not everything .... and just because your not cut does not mean you are lazy .... just different priorities.

Sean said...

How odd that this is a new 'trend.' No way. I don't know where this guy hangs. Unhealthy is just that. And unaesthetic, if that's a word.

Dana said...

I seriously thought this chap was joking!
Absurd, truly absurd!

brokennarcissist said...

I perfer to embrace neutrality on conceptions of the good body.

Becca said...

It's the way you're presenting the argument that's so outrageously generalizing. That, in and of itself, is a tad too (self)-loathing. I think.

B.R. said...

The reason why I was shocked to read this is because it struck me as highly irresponsible. High body fat is simply dangerous. Granted, most of us don't have the time to become gym rats but but we might have some control over the overall aesthetic presentation of the body. Looking healthy is not synonymous with being healthy but, more often than not, they do share some measure of self-reflexion.

B.R. said...

And, the key term would have to be moderation.