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Why Saying Someone Has A "Dad Bod" Isn't Really Body Shaming

November 13, 2015 2 min read

Dad bod is new phrase that has come to describe men (who may or may not be fathers) that are not quite overweight but aren't fit either. Joining the ranks of actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Vin Diesel is the latest celeb to be bestowed with the label. After being photographed topless, and appearing a few pounds heavier, comments on Diesel's classic looking dad bod began to pour in. Diesel responded by sharing images of his still very present six pack. Although many speculated that the six pack photos were old, the conversation pretty much died there. But imagine if Diesel was a woman. Guaranteed the conversation would be very different. While there are some that called Diesel fat, the majority of people put him in the dad bod category where men are celebrated for having average bodies. No such category exists for women. Women are labeled at all shapes and sizes and judged by standards that can never actually exist. Women who carry weight are told to be thinner. Thin women are told to be curvier. Athletic and muscular women have their femininity challenged at every turn.   Women do not get celebrated for being average. Millions are made off products designed to correct or hide figure flaws. Value based decisions are made everyday simply on how a woman looks. While it is likely that the self-esteem of someone like Vin Diesel (or even an overly scrutinized female celebrity) will remain intact, can you say the same for the average young woman? A young woman who gets harshly criticized on social media or at school will have a much more difficult time recovering. Body shaming happens to females no matter what they look like. [bctt tweet="Why Saying Someone Has A "Dad Bod" Isn't Really Body Shaming"] The expectations placed on the female body are insane. Women are supposed to look a certain way while men are free to look however they want. If Vin Diesel were a woman, not only would he be blasted for the initial unflattering pic, his response would have been greeted with a similar level of criticism and cruelty. Take Khloe Kardashian for example. She was called fat, she got in shape. Once she was in shape, the liposuction rumors started. It is a no win situation. No one should have the right to criticize another person's body -- male or female, but let's not pretend the playing field is level. Let's acknowledge that body shaming is heaped more harshly upon women and work to find a solution. It is only by looking closely at why and how body shaming exists that we can hope to make it a thing of the past for men and women, Diesels and Kardashians. What do you think? Is body shaming a bigger problem for women, or do men face equally harsh criticisms? Source: Madame Noir

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