Saturday, August 15, 2009

Belly's on men considered hip by New York Times

Finally, I'm hip! I'm cool! Since I hit 40, I have slowly been gaining a belly. Now according to the New York Times it doesn't matter any more. Round on men is in, flat bellies out!

It's an interesting article especially where they not that women still don't get the same "belly pass" as men.

Here it is:

"It’s Hip to Be Round

This summer the unvarying male uniform in the precincts of Brooklyn cool has been a pair of shorts cut at knickers length, a V-neck Hanes T-shirt, a pair of generic slip-on sneakers and a straw fedora. Add a leather cuff bracelet if the coolster is gay.

...this year an unexpected element has been added to the look, and that is a burgeoning potbelly one might term the Ralph Kramden.

...too modest in size to be termed a proper beer gut, developed too young to come under the heading of a paunch, the Ralph Kramden is everywhere to be seen lately...

...the Kramden is to what my colleague Mike Albo refers to as the “coolios” of now. Leading with a belly is a male privilege of long standing, of course, a symbol of prosperity in most cultures and of freedom from anxieties about body image that have plagued women since Eve.

...but how does one account for the new prevalence of Ralph Kramdens? Have men given in or given up? Are they finished with asserting the privileges that have always accrued to men. Or is the Ralph Kramden Barack Obama’s fault?

...“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.

...Women have almost never gotten a pass on the need to maintain their bodies, while men always have...

For the full article click here

Sadly, so many women are very insecure about their looks. In our experience insecurity is the biggest reason more women do not try nude recreation. Morality and religion have almost nothing to do with not trying nudist resorts. It is all self image, and fear of not "stacking up" to other women that keeps more women from trying it.

Further, ask any adult women what one of her most traumatic experiences is and you will get wearing a bathing suit. That's why more and more women are going with one pieces.

This is completely wrong, but it is so hard to get women to feel comfortable about themselves. Too bad society doesn't say the Kramden is OK for women too.

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