I’m Stark Naked: Deal With It

Our editor-in-chief bares it all in a direct confrontation with body shame.

My body is a testament to high testosterone. I have a body type one sees a lot: male pattern baldness, plenty of body hair, builds both muscle and fat very easily. You see guys like me all the time, with our wide shoulders and wider beer guts. Burly sonsabitches, often rocking the shaved-head-and-beard combo. It is not, it’s fair to say, a body type that is highly lauded by media culture.

I didn’t always look like this. When I was a teenager, I was so skinny I won awards for dressing as Jack Skellington, which sounds like a joke and isn’t. When I was twenty, I dressed as Nightwing for a costume contest, and the woman MCing the show called me “the reason spandex was invented.”

That was a long time ago.

Nowadays, I’m technically considered obese.

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About Noah Brand

Noah Brand is an Editor-at-Large at Good Men Project, and possibly also a cartoon character from the 1930s. His life, when it is written, will read better than it lived. He is usually found in Portland, Oregon, directly underneath a very nice hat.

Comments

  1. Well done Noah. I wrote about this subject, specifically regarding penises, on your site a while back: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/lets-talk-about-penises-shall-we/. Writing about it is one thing, you’ve taken it to a whole other level by exposing yourself in this way. That takes a vulnerability I wish I could say I have, but I don’t at this point. I am slowly getting there, and this just inspires me to continue my journey. Thank you.

  2. I don’t like photos of myself much. I saw a pic of me recently and it’s weird to see, I’ve lost a lot of weight but I am still pretty big. 6’6, 320lbs, but then even as I lose weight I notice the skin being loose. I’m getting lap band fill next week n hopefully I’ll lose more weight for better health, but I am dreading the loose skin. I weight a shirt usually when I go swimming because of manboobs but I am trying to ignore this now and just be more comfy with my body, it’s a tough battle but oh well.

    There have been some major developments in obesity recently, they have linked bacteria to diabetes and also found a bacteria that helps rats/mice loose a hell of a lot of weight and it’s also the same one that helps gastric bypass patients lose weight. Basically the bacteria thickens themucus wall and allows less food to be absorbed before you excrete it. They’ve also found obese people miss one of the bacteria (intenstinal flora) that thinner people have which can play a big role in why some thin people can eat n eat and gain little whilst others eat a little and gain a lot.

    Food in, food out is a very basic look at it because if you and I eat the same thing, we may absord differing amounts of that food. In the future intenstinal flora transplants might be a good option to get healthier/better bacteria in our intestines to help us lose and maintain a much better weight. It may also cure type 2 diabetes from what I can guess.

  3. Hey, I LOVE your body type! I’d do ya :)

  4. Wow Noah, well done, how brave of you to step through your fear like that. I am sure it was an empowering exercise for you which has produced great results. There was a period, long time ago where I wouldn’t be with a man overweight because I’m into health and fitness. I’m still into health and fitness however I have realized since is that I was missing out by not seeing the man for who he truly is, for what is shining deep within. To me that’s the biggest turn on, without a doubt. Blessings to you.

  5. Bravo Noah,
    I applaud your gutsy post. You rock and I’m sure you’ve helped other men (and women) with this post.
    I’m trying to do the same thing with my website for women.
    I know it’s a long shot, but I’d love to have a guest post from you someday…
    :-)
    All the best,
    Kris

  6. Joss Adams Bear says:

    BRAVO! I wish more men would celebrate the beauty of the male physique in all it’s shapes. I am a gay man and I love the male body. Big, muscled, furry, smooth, belly, washboards…..BEAUTY. I hope this catches on and more men do the same. This article is EXACTLY why I chose to become a nude male model for the “Bear” gay sub-culture. I’ve spent most of my life feeling shame because of my physical attributes and one day I got sick and tired of being sick and tired and said, “F*#K what people think of how I look. I work out because I WANT to. I’m healthy because I WANT to be and if you don’t like my furry belly then go away!” BRAVO Noah Brand!

  7. Thanks for having the courage to be yourself. That is something I need to do more often. Best of luck to you.

  8. Good on ya, you look terrific. A proper bloke, certainly nothing to ashamed of. I wish more men had your courage.

  9. Marty Gabriel says:

    I think you’re absolutely lovely.

  10. I think you look awesome! Strut your stuff. Your pics are very tasteful lets see more!

  11. Thank you for this honest photo-essay. Well done ! Very helpful and encouraging.

    For most of my young life I had such body-image issues I developed a severe eating disorder. It nearly killed me. Along with the shame of the disorder was the added shame that what I had (bulimia) was then considered mostly a young woman’s issue. Added to that was the fact that I was in a very shaming spiritual community. In short, I was in hell. . My issues with my body now mainly have to do with weight-gain and aging. But my approach to health and fitness is still based in self-acceptance and kindness and compassion. Overall, I recognize this is a big and important issue for men, as well as women. Thank you for dealing with it.

  12. I am ALL for any form of body positivity. <3 So, I find this amazing and wonderful. Keep it up Noah Brand.
    All bodies are beautiful!

  13. This reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry wakes up on the subway only to realize he’s sitting across from a fat naked man. The man says, “I’m not ashamed of my body.” Jerry says, “That’s the problem—you should be.”

  14. Good on you! I’ve actually always preferred this body type in men.

  15. Thank you for this. That was cathartic.

  16. Hey, wir könnten alle viel sagen/schreiben, aber wenn du das vielleicht auf Englisch schreiben würdest…

    Dude, we can all say lots about this, but if you’d do it in English….
    Also, what’s this guy whining about? Anyone who is unhealthy is portrayed negatively in the media, so start exercising and stop being unhealthy and feeling sorry about it! And the ladies are right, women have it more difficult than men. Fat balding men can score hot chicks in beer commercials….not so much the other way around.

  17. Because beer commercials are really valid representations of real life I’m sure. There are movies with large women + smaller, stereotypical hot men….

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