Monday, February 15, 2016

The Tyranny of Buffness

I didn't know I was skinny-fat until my Russian boyfriend told me so. Actually, I didn't even know that was a thing until he told me so.

I did, however, suspect something was wrong with my body the first night I stayed over his house.
I went to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, and ran into his roommate, Julio. I don't remember what he said, but I remember where he looked. He seemed to direct his entire conversation--and disgust--at my exposed midsection.

Also known as my love handles.

Julio (gay) and my boyfriend both possess the envious V-shape: broad shoulders narrowing down to a waist that hasn't smelled a carb in years. Their arms are huge, their chests are cut, their abs are visibly defined.

I went into the bathroom. I looked at myself in the mirror. Sure, I was a professional dancer, and I did yoga, and went running, and watched what I ate. And yes, I was probably in pretty good shape. But I didn't look good enough.

http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/08/the-tyranny-of-buffness/278698/

3 comments:

Fable Frog said...

At first i thought it was about you until i read "professional dancer"

William said...

@Fawg:
I arched my eyebrows at Russian boyfriend!

Twilight Man said...

This guy is full of mystery.