4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Blame the frat brothers for dad-body popularity

Hipsters are not complicit in the latest unironic, body-related indignity

Dadbodies
Dadbodies

Dear Hipster:

I want to blame hipsters for making us aware of the “dad body,” aka “the stupidest trend of the year so far,” but, before I do, I thought I would consult you. This is just the kind of stupid shit you hipsters would perpetrate. Can we hold you accountable for the existence of this phenomenon?

Sponsored
Sponsored

— My Dad Gut Says “Yes,” Cortez Hill

How dare you. You might as well blame the French for Valley Girl–style uptalk. Why don’t you implicate basketball players in the current drought cycle? Maybe, while you’re at it, you can impeach the governor of Wyoming for his (alleged) involvement in the extinction of the dinosaurs!

Just don’t try and pin this whole “dad body” thing on us hipsters because you read about it on a blog. Sure, it resembles ironic hipster satire, at least on the surface. The idea that chicks dig, in fact may even prefer, dudes with slightly flabby guts, less-than-chiseled jaws, and just-okay biceps seems like a clever ploy to lampoon the prevalence of six-pack abs and 5 percent body fat in popular conceptions of male perfection. Then, you realize that’s completely ridiculous, and that people are, at least for the moment, sincere in their veneration of the dad body.

And by “people,” I mean “guys.” And by “guys,” I mean “bros.”

The most enthusiastic supporters of the dad body seem to be the dad-bodied frat brothers themselves. Indeed, bros nationwide unleashed a collective fist pump at the idea that their expanding beer guts might actually enhance their sex appeal. Such a delightful prospect suits the bros’ platonic ideal of manliness, one where manly men achieve great success in business through the exploitation of their fathers’ fraternity connections, thus leaving them free to watch sports, drive Porsches, and be worshipped by svelte women who love them for their ample-checking-accounts bellies.

Yup, all this buzz about the dad body has “bro” written all over it. We hipsters have our faults, but we prefer our displays of masculinity more tongue-in-cheek and less brazenly sexist. Call us “new fashioned” if you must. It’s actually a nice change of pace from constantly being called old fashioned just because we appreciate vintage stuff.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Jesse Daniel Edwards returns, Taz Taylor shoots, Swive performs, Sara Petite revues, and Roger! stays home

Upcoming Little Italy, Ramona, San Carlos, and Solana Beach concerts
Dadbodies
Dadbodies

Dear Hipster:

I want to blame hipsters for making us aware of the “dad body,” aka “the stupidest trend of the year so far,” but, before I do, I thought I would consult you. This is just the kind of stupid shit you hipsters would perpetrate. Can we hold you accountable for the existence of this phenomenon?

Sponsored
Sponsored

— My Dad Gut Says “Yes,” Cortez Hill

How dare you. You might as well blame the French for Valley Girl–style uptalk. Why don’t you implicate basketball players in the current drought cycle? Maybe, while you’re at it, you can impeach the governor of Wyoming for his (alleged) involvement in the extinction of the dinosaurs!

Just don’t try and pin this whole “dad body” thing on us hipsters because you read about it on a blog. Sure, it resembles ironic hipster satire, at least on the surface. The idea that chicks dig, in fact may even prefer, dudes with slightly flabby guts, less-than-chiseled jaws, and just-okay biceps seems like a clever ploy to lampoon the prevalence of six-pack abs and 5 percent body fat in popular conceptions of male perfection. Then, you realize that’s completely ridiculous, and that people are, at least for the moment, sincere in their veneration of the dad body.

And by “people,” I mean “guys.” And by “guys,” I mean “bros.”

The most enthusiastic supporters of the dad body seem to be the dad-bodied frat brothers themselves. Indeed, bros nationwide unleashed a collective fist pump at the idea that their expanding beer guts might actually enhance their sex appeal. Such a delightful prospect suits the bros’ platonic ideal of manliness, one where manly men achieve great success in business through the exploitation of their fathers’ fraternity connections, thus leaving them free to watch sports, drive Porsches, and be worshipped by svelte women who love them for their ample-checking-accounts bellies.

Yup, all this buzz about the dad body has “bro” written all over it. We hipsters have our faults, but we prefer our displays of masculinity more tongue-in-cheek and less brazenly sexist. Call us “new fashioned” if you must. It’s actually a nice change of pace from constantly being called old fashioned just because we appreciate vintage stuff.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Heroic fictional soccer coach bumps up against real-world football villainy

Lasso-Faire?
Next Article

Gonzo Report: Visiting the Acid Vault at Amplified Ale Works

A kind of Enchanted Forest meets Kid Charlemagne feel
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories Fishing Report — What’s getting hooked from ship and shore From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town The Gonzo Report — Making the musical scene, or at least reporting from it Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Outdoors — Weekly changes in flora and fauna Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Street Style — San Diego streets have style Surf Diego — Real stories from those braving the waves Theater — On stage in San Diego this week Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close