Double Standards of Gen Y Part I – “The Dad Bod”

Firstly, why the fuck is this a thing? It has become as trendy as the Kimmy K ass. Honestly, how on earth have body shapes become fashionable? Part of empowering women has been the celebration of all body types – curvy, skinny, built, tall, short – whatever. It’s about feeling confident with the little quirks that make you different. But then you have videos like this that promote double standards.

The point is, we’re all manufactured differently. But, these days we’re manufacturing ourselves to fit within certain prototypes. Whilst in the same breath encouraging everyone to be okay with what they look like? What is going on!

Honestly, to me it doesn’t matter. What you do with your body is up to you. If you don’t enjoy working out and you’re happy in your own skin, don’t go to the gym! But if you feel uncomfortable and you want to make a change, go for it! It’s your body, what you do with it is completely up to you.

But what I have to say is this – physical attractiveness is interpretative. My friends and I will never clash over a man because our preferences are so inexplicably different. Of course there are the universally attractive humans that we all envy at some point. But, this does not mean you should have to live up to those expectations. To be honest, I prefer a huggable guy to cheese board abs. It’s not that a ripped guy makes me feel insecure, it doesn’t look natural to me. Personally, wearing minimal makeup and having my natural hair colour feels attractive. Some men prefer this, while others don’t. And that’s completely okay.

Our generation promotes impossible double standards. We’re continuously reassured that we’re beautiful no matter what, whilst we simultaneously establish ideal body types. I just don’t understand, absolutely nobody can win here. As cliche as it sounds, beauty should be in the eye of the beholder – not defined by magazine covers and elite daily articles.

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