Dads Feel Sad About Their Post-Baby Bodies in Latest Comedy From Bonds Underwear

Won't you pity them?

Is it worthwhile to make an ad about dad bods way after that meme peaked?

Probably not, but that didn't stop Australian underwear brand Bonds from making a commercial where dads talk about the changes their bodies underwent after their kids were born—in a spot pegged to that country's upcoming Father's Day on Sept. 4. 

The gender role reversal here, complete with discussing social pressures to maintain physical beauty and comparing their bodies to celebrities, is in keeping with Bonds theme of subverting masculinity. If you recall, the brand's other recent, celebrated campaign was a conversation between two testicles.

I can see this ad being read as a mockery of female body image issues instead of the gentle parody it was intended to be, but it's also nice to see male body issues voiced (even as a spoof) and not met with immediate cruelty. It's not difficult to imagine mid-30s dads looking at pictures of David Beckham and feeling insecure about their appearance, even if Beckham is a bit of a testicle himself.

So yeah, the ad might be a little tone deaf, but it's a start. Bonds needs to work on its timing, though. I don't want to see them making Dat Boi ads a year from now.


Client: Bonds

Head of Marketing: Emily Small

Senior Brand Manager: Mahli Pullen

Assistant Brand Manager: Kedda Ghazarian

Agency: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne

Creative Chairman: James McGrath

Chief Creative Officer: Ant Keogh

Creative Director: Ant Phillips & Richard Williams

Group Managing Director: Simon Lamplough

Account Director: Grant Oorloff

Senior Producer: Lisa Moro

Operations Director -Sharon Adams

Production Company: Guilty

Director – Tony Rogers

Producer: Jason Byrne

DOP: Marin Johnson

Editor: Sam Coates

Photographer: Chris Budgeon

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