My friend McConnell recently met a guy and they had a great marathon Sunday date.
They went out for brunch, then back to his place to listen to music, then out to a movie.
At the end of the day (and an overall couple days of craziness), McConnell was blissfully ready to go home and do nothing at all – maybe scarf down some more junk food and call it a weekend.
Meanwhile, the Great Date left McConnell to do what he had to do – go to the gym.
McConnell, who likes to work out five times a week herself, couldn’t believe what she was hearing. How could it be that there was a guy more fitness conscious than she was?
She flashed back to the meal they had earlier that morning.
He definitely talked about having a workout regimen. He ordered a Diet Coke.
By the time she and I were talking about it the next day, we realized that this guy fits a pattern we’ve been noticing in guys recently. Guys who are more body conscious than we are.
Manoerexics, as they say.
Other notable examples:
- My brother is currently on the Atkins diet. While I totally support him and think it’s a good decision for him to get back to a healthy weight, it’s kinda nuts to see him obsessing over every meal. He and my cousin at Purdue (who he talked into doing the protein diet with him) call each other to talk about what they’re eating.
- A co-worker refuses to eat cookies when I bring them into the office. He lost weight and now avoids all sweets so as to keep it off.
I wonder when this Manoerexic movement started.
McConnell and I think we’ve only noticed guys sounding this way the past year or so.
Is it something to do with
Or has it always been this way, and we’re just now starting to notice?
On the one hand, I have to say it’s kind of endearing that there are men out there who are feeling some of the irrational body image insecurity that women feel.
It’s like hearing about a guy getting PMS or something. Part of me feels like, oh thank GOD they see how awful it is to feel icky for no reason at all.
But on the flip side, there’s something sad to me about men now getting into the body image craziness. I mean, most of the time, I feel like men are voices of reason when it comes to all this.
I hope that the recent examples McConnell and I noticed are just coincidence and not indicative of how everybody hates their bodies these days.
Because if men are going to be Maneorexics, I can't imagine what that's going to do for women already dying to be thin.