I was in physical therapy yesterday trying to get my aftermarket knee working and I made a comment to the PT (a handsome guy about 27) about how I was hoping to get in shape before bikini season. He's a funny guy and we riffed on that for awhile, but then he told me about Dad Bod. Oh, yeah (says he), it's a thing...a little extra weight looks like prosperity, stability, being established... I was pretty shocked. I had come across this before in a 3rd world country where I spent quite a bit of time growing up; but that was REALLY a place where most people couldn't get their hands on enough dough to get some extra weight on. If you did, folks thought (knew!) you were prospering. My wife, who is quite a bit younger than I, corroborated that this is something she and her friends have discussed. She was a bit uncomfortable with the "Dad" part because it's very clear to us that neither of us wants to be on either end of the Dad thing, but she definitely said that she and her friends, if not exactly attracted to Dad AGE men, are definitely attracted to someone who is a little...soft. I thought it was funny/interesting until I really began to wonder if we're creeping toward this 3rd world sort of mentality where women, consciously or not, are becoming more attracted to men, if not wealthy (I'm sure not!),but at least give the appearance of prosperity/stability; because that feels like someone who could keep a roof over head, food on the table and be a steady father. Careful, now... This could be a fun discussion. Don't get it shut down.