It’s no secret that the media has it’s definition of the way that women should look, we see it every day from the models that grace the pages of magazines to the actresses that star on the silver screen. And because we see these beautiful, thin, and put together women 24/7, it becomes engrained in our heads that we too should uphold our looks to the same standard. From dieting to fashion to beauty, we are told every day that this is the way a woman should look. Sure the body positivity movement is making incredible strides with models like Tess Munster changing the standards of beauty in the modeling industry and actresses like Lena Dunham proving that you can be funny at any size, but acceptance isn’t coming as quickly as we would like.
Of course men of every body type deserve to be recognized in the media, yet the most upsetting aspect of the Dad-Bod trend is the double standard is represents. When a man like Leo posts a photo of his less than toned physique, he is praised and labeled as sexy. But when a female celebrity wears a bit more weight, she is called out on it immediately, even if the celebrity is a mother! How is it fair that dads like Leo get praised for having a flabby physique but celebrity mothers are expected to bounce right back after pregnancy? While Dad-Bod may be a step for frat-guys with beer belly’s to get away with having a bulge, it is safe to say that the women who are shamed into not wearing a bikini for having any type of belly and the woman who put in extra work at the gym to feel like they are "allowed" to wear a bikini aren’t having any of it.