In the past, a potbelly was seen as a symbol of prosperity and coveted by women for obvious reasons (a sign of riches and opulence). Today it is seen as a result of an unhealthy, inactive lifestyle. The 21st century man does not take pride in his protruding stomach anymore, and women today will choose fit, well-built men over a ‘Kenkey’ (pot) belly man.

What I mean by ‘well-built men’ here does not necessarily refer to body builders, but men with six packs and some upper body muscle to show off. But getting a six pack is far from easy; it takes about a year of rigorous exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet to build the perfect set of washboard abs.

For my fellow men out there who cannot endure the stress of working out yet crave for the pride and joy of having a “what a wow” body, the answer to your problem is here: the artificial six pack.

Science is taking us places, huh? Although what is depicted in the image seems to be a prototype for now, this product may become more and more universal in the future as a popular solution for solving men’s masculine issues. Made with silicon and worn like a vest underneath a shirt, flat chested men with no obvious packs and abdominal muscles will appear to have the perfect masculine body to feel confident or to lure women folks. Men have always been complaining about ladies artificially enhancing their features with fake hair, fake eyelashes, buttocks, breasts and hips using foam and other body pads (and not to mention the plastic surgery that goes on around the world).

Artificial body enhancement has been a solution focused on women’s physical appearance, but not anymore. The saying here has always been “what men can do women can also do”, but when this product becomes commercialized, the reverse will be the case: what women can do, men can also do.

Do you blame them though? I don’t, especially when the modern woman often fantasizes about dating and going out with men who have flawless body features they can show off to others. The media, especially through television, the Internet, and lustrous magazines, has also not helped our expectations of body image, as music videos and movies portray a “real” man as the protagonist with all the perfectly defined muscles and especially perfect abs.

Is having a fake six pack the solution for women who yearn for guys with their ideal masculine body in their fantasy world? Or does it equalize the game of deceit for both sides?

For users of these body shapers, when you end up winning a woman or a man you wanted, the truth will be revealed at the end of the day when you hit the bedroom. So who are you really deceiving, your partner or yourself?