Recently I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the male perspective on size acceptance. There seems to have been a recent uptick in men commenting on this blog, and I have more than one male friend who has been known to make disparaging comments about his body size.
In response to my recent assertion that the media only cares about female celebrities who gain and lose weight, Simon said:
Oh, that’s right. We’re all MANLY and don’t have confidence issues about our weight.
It made me really want to hear from more of the guys out there. There is a lot of noise about issues with height and penis size and income level, but what about weight? Are you insecure about your body shape or size? Do you think your insecurity is different from that of women, and if so, how? (Here’s my one hypothesis: men need to be significantly more overweight than women in order for their body image issues to kick in. I doubt men stress out about—say—five pounds of extra weight. But I could be wrong, so let me know.)
And for the women out there, if your partner happens to be male, is he insecure? More so or less so than you are? And if he is, how do you deal with that?
By the way, almost exactly a year ago (how’s that for serendipity) we asked “Is Fat a Feminist Issue?” and if you missed that discussion the first time around, I highly recommend it.
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