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Poking the hipster potbelly
<em>The New York Times</em> spots a new trend among hip young men: the &ldquo;Ralph Kramden&rdquo; gut.
 

There’s a new addition to the Brooklyn hipster’s “male uniform” this summer: a “burgeoning potbelly,” said Guy Trebay in The New York Times. We’ll call this modest bulge “the Ralph Kramden,” and there are various theories to explain the phenomenon. Perhaps six-pack abs have became “prissy,” or the gut a resurgent sign of prosperity. Or maybe the Ralph Kramden is a “contrarian” hipster reaction to the “conspicuously flat belly” of our new president.

If “the age of the metrosexual” is finally over, that’s not a bad thing in itself, said Amy Odell in New York Magazine. But to the extent that a potbelly is a choice Brooklyn hipsters are “consciously making,” it’s “not fair and it should not stand.” At least not while “women diet, exercise, pluck, and apply face cream to the point of misery.”

“Women have not embraced the Kramden,” said Sadie Stein in Jezebel, we’re just being “nice about it.” Me, I’m tempted to blame the hipster gut on the “shlub-with-hottie phenom in pop culture,” but it’s probably “a lot more straightforward: the hipsters who used to be really scrawny are now older, and can’t drink as much PBR without it showing.”

Right, “you only need a reason not to have a potbelly,” said blogger Ann Althouse, and it has to be a good enough reason to make you fight nature. Well, men, here’s a good reason: “a round belly is feminizing. It speaks of fertility and pregnancy.” And guys, “the ‘pregnant man’ has never been a good look.”

 

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