Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Muffin Tops

One of the aggravating things I remember from junior high and high school was the habit of some guys to come up behind you and pull your shirt tail out of your pants. Most guys didn't want to seem vain and go to the men's room to unbuckle and tuck properly, but just cramming your shirt back in looked--well, just crammed in. Yes, I was in high school at the end of the hippie era and ALL kinds of clothing styles were abundant including the dirty, worn jeans that are a distant cousin to the bleached jeans worn today. However, lots of teenagers dressed with some sense of fashion and style. Granted, the girl's skirts were generally way too short and the guy's hair was generally way too long. Also most of the teens I knew had one goal in common. Boys and girls (with some exception) mostly tried to keep their mid-section covered. Not only the folks who were larger than optimal size but also smaller folks felt embarrassed to show their belly in street clothes. Before you get upset, I already conceded that skirts were WAY short and yes, we swam together in suits that were sometimes smaller than what is worn today. And sometimes guys would wear cut off sweatshirts to play sports if the six-pack abs were above average.
Today it is funny to me to see how many girls and young women wear short shirts of various descriptions and low-rider jeans but without the benefit of a "Cher" figure. This has led to the term "muffin top" referring to the way that roll of fat spills over the top of the jeans like a muffin spilling over the top of its holder. I wish I had originated the term but actually read it a couple of years ago in an article discussing the trend. I expect to take some heat about this post and openly acknowledge a higher than ideal percentage of body fat but at least I try to keep a shirt pulled over my mid-section when mingling at places like CHURCH. "To each his own" some say. Just don't be mad if I nod your way and say "muffin top alert".

5 comments:

Supabloggasuprememama said...

ok if you nod in my direction and say muffin top alert I will cry. but I couldnt agree more that this phenomenon has GOT TO STOP. I try to be very careful ab what i wear, and think some people really should be too. I think you can have the opposite of annorexia. its called im fat and dont realize it and oops heres my spillage.

Baron said...

ok, the terms "muffin top" and "spillage" are cracking me up :)

lawanna said...

Yeah, at least I've birthed 3 children and have the sense to "cover up" mine! Muffin tops are very, very disgusting! Aren't you glad I don't embarrass you too terribly much?
1-4-3,
ME

Lerra said...

Sometimes I display the muffin top because I have a nice pad of fat around my midsection but I am not allowed to buy new clothes until September. WOMP WOOOMP...

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