On the afternoon of April 29, the Cut discovered Clemson sophomore Mackenzie Pearson's now-infamous post on the dadbod, a male physique that typically includes a slight gut and sends the message, "'I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.'"
Since that fateful afternoon, dadbod has spread like ranch on a piece of pizza, quickly but with purpose.
There were takes:
"We live, after all, in the era of Dadbod Masculinity." http://t.co/ImbzMY8utN— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) May 11, 2015
If Dadbod is the path to Mombod, let Dadbod lead the way! http://t.co/N1O1GKRssX— Jezebel (@Jezebel) May 7, 2015
stop saying dadbods are good. my 86 year old father is flaunting his dadbod around town, demanding compliments, mace is not slowing him— Eli Terry (@EliTerry) May 8, 2015
'DADBOD' is a perfect anagram of 'BAD DON'T NO,' really makes u think— Alanna Okun (@Alannabean) May 11, 2015
And even a cameo on "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me."
There was outrage:
And while this faux-veneration of dad bod is going on, glossy mags are talking about how women get their "pre-baby body" back after 5 mins— roxane gay (@rgay) May 11, 2015
And there were calls for equality:
And conspiracy theories:
what if all this dadbod talk is weird stealth marketing for http://t.co/uZQBAWmZmr— maura johnston (@maura) May 11, 2015
And whatever the hell this is:
I have a dad bod. Here's why women love it. http://t.co/kaseZdB2YC— Peter Holley (@peterjholley) May 11, 2015
I like your dadbod, not your dadpersonalessaysexplainingmypreferencesbacktome— Caro (@socarolinesays) May 11, 2015
Whether you think dadbod is reverse sexism or just another way to congratulate men for being adequate, we suggest you recognize the concept for what it truly is: a way to distract ourselves from actually important things.