Ever since I got this daily blogging gig at the Weekly, I've been neglecting this blog. If you could read me over there I'd really appreciate it (and if you comment, I'll show you my boobies).
Last night I was on the subway and I couldn't help myself from eavesdropping on these two straight guys in their twenties talking about their diets. One of them was short, but average sized otherwise. Fairly thin and trim, he'd just gotten out of the army and joked that he'd lost all his muscle and had to go to the gym more often because the girls he dated were buffer than he was.
The other dude was tall and pin skinny. He kept going on about how regimented his meals were. He was currently "obsessed" (seriously, that was the word he used) with fat-free vegetable soup. He had it at every meal. Just a small bowl of it and a tiny bit of hummus too. He was determined not to get fat, like the rest of his family. This guy was about as far from fat as you could possibly imagine.
It was weird to hear two men talking about their weight. Various girlfriends and I discuss such things, but is it sexist to find it kind of off-putting coming from a guy? I know that if I were single and looking for a boy toy, listening to some dude drone on about his obsession with fat-free vegetable soup would be a major turn-off. Does that make me a hypocrite?
Though in my defense, I think that if one of my girlfriends confessed that she was "obsessed" with fat-free vegetable soup, I'd think she'd either lost her mind (or developed an eating disorder). An obsession with buttercream frosting? Sure. Lobster rolls from Luke's Lobster? Absolutely. Even a certain kind of fat-free vegan cookie would be understandable. But broth with some carrots and celery boiled into it? What's there to love? I got off the train feeling kind of sorry for Slim Jim.