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Things We Saw Today: “OFFICE BOD” IS NOT A THING!

Steve Carell as Michael Scott on the Office, sits at his desk massaging his eyes.

As if ads claiming we all needed to stress over the #Quarantine15, #PandemicPounds, and whatever cutesy names they’ve given to the incredibly common and not at all judgment-worthy changes many of us have seen in our bodies over the last year-plus weren’t enough, now some media outlets are trying to give us something new to worry about: the “office bod.”

To be clear, “office bod,” like its seasonal counterpart “beach body,” IS NOT A THING. Yes, a lot of people have seen all sorts of changes in their bodies recently and for many, that comes with feelings of insecurity. We can’t insist that’s not the current reality for a lot of people. What we can do is refuse to reinforce those self-criticisms with this sort of framing that equates weight change with gluttony and insists that immediate rectification (based on entirely superficial standards) is of the utmost importance.

Are you feeling self-conscious about seeing people for the first time in over a year? Well, those people probably are too. Whether it’s because their body changed, their mental health changed, they completely forgot how to engage socially, or for whatever reason, most of us have gone through some changes. We’ve all been through some shit. 

No one has to get back to their “office bod” to confidently reenter society—because we’ve all been dealing with a global pandemic during which more than four million people died but also because AN OFFICE BOD IS NOT A THING.

Whatever body you enter your office in? That’s an office bod.

*Deep breath* OK, what else did we see out there today?

  • Why the Black Widow screenwriter feels “super guilty” about the movie’s post-credits scene. (via THR)
  • LOL, Mark Zuckerberg dropped into a dog Facebook group, didn’t post a picture of a dog for tax, and got torn apart. (via The Week)
  • NO:

  • YES:

  • A teacher who conducted her school’s spelling bee for 20 years reflects on what needs to change for that whole system. (via HuffPost)
  • Here’s some hot ’90s gossip to end the week on: Did you know that Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” was written about Veruca Salt’s Louise Post? Winona Ryder also cameos in this story. (via Pajiba)

Happy Friday, everybody!

(image: NBC)
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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.