Depending what your Netflix algorithm thinks of your taste in programming, you may have been inundated with the trailer for Zac Efron’s new travel/environmentalism series Down to Earth, which hit the streaming service just recently.
I was inundated with the trailer because I’ll put on Netflix for plenty of their midless cooking shows from time to time, and I need only apologize to myself! But I had no intention of watching this, because I’m too old for High School Musical nostalgia, and the Zac Efron I know is too pretty to get hot and bothered by.
That was before the New York Post ran this headline:
— New York Post (@nypost) July 18, 2020
I have a sneaking suspicion that, if Zac Efron on the right is a ‘Dad bod,’ men are also subject to unattainable standards of beauty that women have been fighting against for decades. Zac Efron on the left looks like life is gym and could walk past me in the street without me giving so much as a second glance; Zac Efron on the right looks like life is good.
But neither is typically classified as a ‘Dad bod,’ because in neitheir bod does Zac have a mini-fridge for the beer. He’s not half asleep standing up because the kids hate letting Mom and Dad have their own bed to themselves. He hasn’t been listening to his wife complain about the PTA Karens who think their jackass child is the second coming of Christ. He still has all his hair.
It appears that this is Zac Efron’s ‘travel the world, eat, drink, learn about environmental sustainability and be famous’ bod, and nothing about it is disappointing. Not one thing.
And guys, remember, as we internalize and hopefully reject unfair societal standards of beauty, placed upon us by a multi-billion dollar beauty industry, to truly get that ‘Dad bod,’ you’ve got to be a Dad. And Dads are, generally speaking, one of the best things in the world, even if they’ve all but given up playing sports in favour of couch coaching.
Focus on being a good Dad, and a good partner, first and foremost. If you have time to worry about the rest, by then people should like you anyway, because you’ve already done the real work.