In part 1 of the series, I began a discussion about how the manosphere and red-pill notions of masculinity are skewed towards leftist philosophy and (ironically) the effeminate. One common aspect of expressed masculinity that has been pushed is physical fitness, specifically body weight. And so today I want to talk about being fat, and how being fat is viewed in the manosphere.
It is unsurprising that there are men out there who view being fat right up there on the level with hating Christ. If you read the ‘sphere for long enough, you are certain to see many people saying that God wants them to be fit and that taking care of their bodies is masculinity. They imply that it is unmasculine to be fat.
The association of being fit with masculinity has never made sense to me. Is it true that if you are fat, you are not acting like a man? Should fat women also act like men and get in shape? And, will being fit help you maximize your chance at finding that special unicorn?
So let’s talk about being fat and see if fat men should turn in their man cards at the nearest manhood store.
Is Being Fat Bad?
Being fat has bad health consequences. The fatter you are, the worse your long-term health outlook will be. But there is no cut-and-dry threshold at which getting fatter switches from being good to being bad, nor is there a cut-and-dry threshold at which losing weigh switches from being good to being bad. It’s not that simple.
This is a variation of the Sorites Paradox. Black-and-white thinking does not apply here.
Being fat—whatever that means—can certainly, but not necessarily, be bad for your health, but humans are not obligated by God to optimize their longevity. The Amish have a lower life expectancy than non-Amish, but their somewhat shorter lives tend to be healthier overall. Age extension is simply not important to them. Losing weight is often a very good thing, but a moral obligation or a requirement for masculinity? I think not.
Why Do People Get Fat?
This is going to surprise many people, but getting fat is natural. Being fat has the very important task of storing up energy for later use. We live in such an era of perpetual food abundance that modern man has forgotten that being fat plays an important role in long-term survival. If we are headed for a solar catastrophe in the 2030s or 2040s, do you know who is going to be happiest during the inevitable food shortages? Fat people.
To illustrate exactly how happy fat people are going to be, let’s look at the case of Angus Barbieri. Angus weighed 456 pounds when he decided to stop eating… completely. He more-or-less didn’t eat for 392 days. His doctors thought he would die, but he was fine. He ended up losing 276 pounds. His final weight was 180 pounds.
Angus’ body needed to consume roughly 11 ounces of fat per day over the course of his diet. But of course the larger you are, the more fat you need. Let’s just say that you need half-a-pound of fat per day to survive a famine (less for women, more for men). You could survive a full 90-day no-food winter (like the one that killed the pilgrims in Plymouth or the Donner Party) if you carried a mere 45 pounds of fat above your “fat free baseline.”
And just so you know, cannibalism won’t fend off starvation. Low-fat diets, like the Donner Party, lead to protein-poisoning that accelerates death. Your belly might be full, but you die anyway. You need fat.
A lot of you reading this are not fat enough to survive even a small famine without eating. No wonder when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food, it was considered a miracle that he didn’t starve. Historians presume that Jesus—who got a lot of exercise—was too lean to have 20 pounds of excess fat to burn off.
Remember the shortages in 2020 due to the logistical shutdown? Imagine that over two years. Would you starve if supply lines broke down for that long? I await all the comments from people who lived through the covid lockdowns telling me that this is impossible. Uh huh.
The greatest irony of masculinity is that if there was a famine, these hyper-fit men would be among the first to die of starvation due to tragically low body fat reserves…. well, at least until they got so hungry that they turned to violence and started murdering people for their food. What Chads they’ll turn out to be.
Fat is very important in women. Their bodies are designed in their very DNA to store more fat than men. This is why fat women are more common than fat men. They are supposed to get fatter. Part of this is because they burn energy slower than men do, and despite being fatter, they live longer than men of comparable weight.
Women need fat to make babies and to feed them. Those extremely fit women with washboard abs? Many of them can’t even get pregnant, because they lack the necessary fat. Their bodies sometimes won’t even let them ovulate. Of course, very few women have the willpower to fight their body’s natural tendencies, but the point remains: having fat is a good thing.
The human body stores fat-soluble vitamins—A, D, E, an K—in fatty tissues for future use. The more fat, the more you can store, which is partially why Angus didn’t starve. You still need to get water-soluble vitamins through supplements or eat readily-available low calorie foods, but a fat person is much less dependent on his environment.
Throughout most of history, being fat meant you were likely of high status. If a man were fat, it meant he was the height of many masculine things, like business, influence, and leadership. Some of the most important men in world history were fat.
Poor people couldn’t afford the calories to become fat. When it got cold in the winter and food ran out, people simply died. Being skinny meant you were likely poor, infirm, and malnourished.
While fat people are less likely to marry, they are also less likely to divorce once they get married. Has anyone in the manosphere ever told you that getting fit increases your risk of divorce? I doubt it.
One of the facets of modern leftism is luxury beliefs. These are:
ideas or values that confer status on the wealthy, but are not fully embraced or practiced by them.
Physical fitness is a luxury belief. Many of the people who push diet and exercise are already attractive men who are predisposed by their DNA to a high metabolism. Most do not—and never—have to embrace or practice the strict and aggressive measures that are required by fat people to lose weight.
This is especially noticeable in the manosphere when people who have had success with women tell men who have had poor success with women to get fit. They follow this advice and get fit, and then predictably continue to have no success with women.
One of the things conspicuously missing from the manosphere is before-and-after photos of single men who lost weight and subsequently married a unicorn. A lot of manosphere residents are pretty careful about not putting pictures of themselves online, lest someone see them.
Is Fitness Masculine?
This is Charles Spurgeon.
Spurgeon was one of the most influential preachers of the 19th century. He was married at 22, had two children, and had a ministry full of hallmarks, having authored many sermons, books, speeches, and hymns. Spurgeon was also a fat man, who looks a lot like the AI-generated preacher. But since he didn’t live in the 21st century, he didn’t have people trying to get him to turn in his man card.
Spurgeon lived a masculine life, the kind of masculine life that many in the manosphere would have been happy to experience a mere fraction of it. Many would have been happy with just the wife.
Oh, Susannah Spurgeon wore a veil, a symbol of her husband’s authority. Masculinity indeed. Checkmate manosphere!
I have no problem with physical fitness. I think many—but not all—men should seek to be physically fit. But being fit is not a great moral virtue and failure to be fit is not a moral failing. Being fat is simply not that big of a deal. While I will discuss this in greater depth as this series continues, it is important to note at the outset that being fat isn’t a simple black-and-white, masculine-not-masculine issue, as Spurgeon shows.
Do you think fat men are not masculine?