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Potbellies Are In! . . . For Men

This week's New York Times style section reports on the latest hipster trend — potbellies! And no, I'm not talking about the pigs.

"Too pronounced to be blamed on the slouchy cut of a t-shirt" and "too modest in size to be termed a proper beer gut" the potbelly — dubbed the "Ralph Kramden" — is the latest addition to the hipster uniform. The article also randomly suggests that Barack Obama is to blame, because contrarian hipsters want to contrast themselves with a president who hits the gym every morning. But don't get too excited — according to the article, only men get a style dispensation from crunches. Here's more:

Leading with a belly is a male privilege of long standing, of course, a symbol of prosperity in most cultures and of freedom from anxieties about body image that have plagued women since Eve.

Along with not bathing and not shaving, hipster men now have made it "cool" to rock a potbelly. How alternative.

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sidra5397 sidra5397 7 years
Hipsters make my head hurt.
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
Only potbelly I think is awesome is on a mini-pig!
ali321 ali321 7 years
Maybe I'm ignorant, but I guess I don't really hear the term "hipster" often enough to know what it means. lol. But I definitely think the potbelly thing is pretty much not at all attractive. No offense but ew.
Deidre Deidre 7 years
All I know is, I'll be sooooo excited when the hipster lifestyle is no longer a topic in media :) Bo-ring.
polkadots567 polkadots567 7 years
oh ew.
Ac2366 Ac2366 7 years
lol at the other comments. Not cool and not sexy. I dig a big burly guy but not a guy who wants to show off his belly. Yuck!
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
exactly, Luna!!! plaid shirts and greasy hair make you SO much more enlightened about the world. I'll take my LBD and shampoo any day, thankyouverymuch!
luna08 luna08 7 years
mamasitamali, you mean skinny jeans,converses, and black framed glasses aren't "unique", and "individualist"? Don't tell me those beat up message t's came from the mall and not the salvation army! ;) Can't stand hipsters. My friend calls them psudeo-intellectual's.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 7 years
This started because the skinny jeans pushed everything up and out
Smacks83 Smacks83 7 years
But I am an individual, just like my friends! really, hipsters need to really get over themselves.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
gross. the whole "hipster'' thing is such a farce. they're the fakest people around in that they allegedly stand for individuality by doing everything alike.
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