While we won't dash the subtle sexiness of slight androgyny, it's pretty safe to say that certain stereotypically male and female traits should remain with their original sex. Namely—breasts on women. Not men. Thanks. Girl Vs. Guy Hot: Whom Do You Dress For?
Which is why it was comforting to read that fleshy gentleman with cups that runneth over are hightailing it to the surgeon's office in greater numbers then ever before. While they could certainly diet and pump iron, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that the number of male breast reductions have increased 80 percent in the past year. While still not ranking in the top two of male procedures (rhinoplasty—or "nose-job," and blepharoplasty—surgery on the skin around the eyes, are one and two respectively), more men who might fill out a Victoria's Secret B-cup are taking action (at least in England). Men's Mag Faces Probe Over Booby Prize
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While it's nice to see that we aren't the only gender who battle a love/hate relationship with our mammaries, perhaps the most amusing part of the article is how one "consultant plastic surgeon" blames glossy magazines for this upswing in male self-consciousness. As if a Men's Health cover should take full responsibility for dudes finally noticing their breasts.
Many men are feeling the pressure from men's magazines that weren't even being published five or six years ago. In addition, they are just realising that they can get something done about it.
We'd be lying if we said we hadn't experienced the joys of moobs. A dark night followed by the morning sunlight on a bedmate who's a touch more out of shape then we'd remembered, or a fantastic personality that we trick ourselves into thinking will cloak such imperfections, have all led us down the path of The Man Rack. Regrettably so. And a quick little poll amongst our female friends have us all nodding in agreement. We will take a beer gut or receding hairline over man breasts any day of the week.
"I can't stand moobs! Dealbreaker! Let's just say I don't have the largest breasts and if his even come close to mine, I just want to cover up and send him home."—Janet, 32, single
"Beer guts actually don't bother me too much. An overly chiseled guy sets off more red flags (are they gay?) then one who lets himself go a bit. But man boobs? No way. You have to be pretty big for that."—Lauren, 30, single
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"I use a pretty standard rule of thumb when it comes to moobs. If I can see an outline of anything that would even remotely look like man boobs I stay far, far, far away. There are just some things men shouldn't have." —Alex, 30, single
"I'm not wild about short guys or men with receding hairlines, but I'll take both of those options before a guy with moobs. Absolutely. Ugh."—Samantha, 27, in a relationship