Kristen Schaal tore apart the "dadbod" trend so deftly on "The Daily Show" on May 12, 2015:
In case you don't know what dadbod is, let me break it down for you:
On March 30, 2015, Mackenzie Pearson wrote an article called "Why Girls Love The Dadbod." In it, she essentially released the term into the wild, as most of us who know it now remained blissfully unaware of it. A dadbod is, as Pearson defines it, "halfway between a beer gut and working out." I think the idea is that a man's body that looks like he worked out before he started a family indicates a good family man. Or whatever.
As you can imagine, the response online has not been good.
If men use this dadbod trend as an excuse to drink six packs and eat pizza while demanding their wives be yogapants hot SO HELP ME
— Rachel Syme (@rachsyme) April 30, 2015
Dadbod is stupid. We shouldn't be glorifying any one body type ever.
— Mayra :) (@MayraTweeets) May 10, 2015
Just on principle, I'm not getting on board with the dadbod trend until there's the same for the mombod.
— Starfishncoffee (@starfishncoffee) May 13, 2015
There's a problem with "dadbod."
Let me just say, I love a good dadbod. The problem with this trend isn't anyone's bod, per se.
It creates an unacceptable double standard between women and men.
Men can do whatever the hell they want and still be considered desirable while women must be relegated to salad, spin class, and hope.
Guys like Leonardo DiCaprio get to sport their natural body and still date Victoria's Secret models. And that's completely fine. If they're into each other, that is neat. But if any of those models eats one too many bites at dinner and — god forbid — started looking like they missed a workout, the Internet would descend on her like napalm.
That's not fair, is it Ms. Schaal?
When will everyone's "bod" be the prevailing hot trend?