Potbellies and hipsters

Mike is very excited that potbellies are in! And I’m not talking about the pet pigs (although if I were, it would be the third time this week… hello, random!)

“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.

The article is mildly interesting as we learn that potbellies are partially a rebellion against Obama and also that the difference between gay hipsters and straight hipsters is a leather wrist cuff.

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