Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ab Flab

The New York Times recently ran an article entitled "It's Hip To Be Round", observing the seeming return of the potbelly as a statement for men.

“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.

Hm. So Flab is the New Fab. Considering how I can't drink alcohol until next year (more on that in a future post), this looks like a good time for my contrarian nature to kick in and rediscover my abs.

So long, Corona six-packs.

See you soon, six-packs.


  1. And here I am, spending the last two years of my life chasing that elusive six packs - and now its all going down the drain.

  2. Well, Knox, it's one kind of six-pack in exchange for another. Life and its trade-offs.
    Abs may make the heart grow fonder, but as Ursula might say:

    "You have your looks!
    Your pretty face!
    And don't underestimate the importance
    Of the body language, hah!"

  3. @Tristan: Oh, tummy's the word, all right. Yep, that daddy belly is mine. Amazing what five years of almost-nightly boozing can do to what was once a 27-inch waistline.

    If you rub it, you can make a wish!