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    Okay, But Why Do These Men Need To Be Shirtless To Pose With Pregnant Women?

    We're not sure why this is a thing, but this is a total thing.

    1. There's nothing more touching than an artfully composed photo of a deeply-in-love couple starting their family.

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    2. Except wait. Is this man wearing khakis?

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    There's something off about this picture. At first glance, it appears the couple has been staged to have just woken up with the sun, still cuddling in their pajamas. Then you look a little closer and realize the man is wearing business casual slacks.

    3. There is a phenomenon in the world of stock photography where men consistently pose shirtless with their pregnant wives.

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    Not "My wife is posing in her underwear to showcase her pregnancy, so I'll wear boxers or pajama pants or something." These men are invariably wearing trousers.

    4. Even when the woman is fully dressed.

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    Often the woman will be in underwear, or a shirt otherwise tailored to emphasize the pregnancy — but none of this explains why the man is not wearing a shirt. The man is not pregnant. His belly means nothing.

    5. We're not sure when this became a thing.

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    But it is definitely a thing. Guys love — love — taking off their shirts before posing for stock photography with their pregnant partners.

    6. Sometimes with a creepy, partially undone belt.

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    Too often.

    7. This is the "classic" look for shirtless men in pregnancy photos: Blue jeans, belt, bare feet, no shirt.

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    And total confidence.

    8. Sometimes — rarely — the photos appear to be played for laughs.

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    But it's still not immediately clear why the man is shirtless. Is his shirtlessness part of the goof? It the joke that the woman is wearing billowy leisure wear but the man is about to go clean the garage?

    9. It's less weird when the couple are both wearing underwear.

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    At least they appear to be dressed for the same photo shoot. But this is still weird, right?

    10. Also, let's keep in mind we're talking about stock photography.

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    Forget everything you know: There are no rules.

    11. So what is it about proximity to pregnant women that causes men's shirts to evaporate?

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    Did these dads sell their shirts to put a down payment on a house or to start a college fund? That would be very responsible of them.

    12. The most obvious explanation is that they've given their shirts to their wives.

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    Photos like this are a rare comfort where you can piece together some semblance of coherent narrative.

    13. Until you find one where the woman is fully dressed.

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    — and the man is still sans-shirt.

    14. And another.

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    15. And another.

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    "Babe, if you think I'm covering up these tats, you're outta your gourd."

    16. Often the man is listening to his wife's stomach.

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    Maybe being shirtless let's him hear the baby more clearly?

    17. Hello? Baby?

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    You don't want the vibrations to be encumbered by a layer of baby-muffling shirt fabric.

    18. This baby must be telling an exciting story!

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    "I'll be born soon, keep your shirt on!" the baby might say (as a joke).

    19. Occasionally, the couple will both be wearing blue jeans.

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    20. Shirtless. Bluejeans. Belt.

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    Bare feet is implied. There's also some crossed-arms modesty going on in this one, which is kind of refreshing.

    21. This couple met at the unisex blue jeans store.

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    "Do you carry shirts?"

    "No sir, only blue jeans."

    "That is fine. That is okay with me and my growing family."

    22. Sometimes the poses get creative.

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    This one is known as the "Shirtless Seated Tango."

    23. This pose is called "The Invisible Thread (That Binds Us)."

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    It's a metaphor.

    24. Maybe — Maybe — This couple just woke up and they're getting ready for work?

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    I don't feel good about the future of a child whose parents sleep on a bare mattress under my grandmother's afghan, but who am I to judge.

    25. This photo is perfectly acceptable.

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    This couple is at the beach together, celebrating their love. The man in this photo has a justifiable reason to be shirtless (swimming), warranting no further explanation.

    26. This photo is an anomaly.

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    In this photo, the woman is shirtless as well, and the couple has used processed meat to form a smile on the woman's pregnant belly. Once again, the man might be shirtless for the purpose of showing off his tattoos.

    This one is an outlier across the board.

    27. Here we see two generations of shirtless men.

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    "Mommy, will the new baby also be shirtless and wear tiny jeans?"

    "Of course, Matthew, if he is born a son. For this is the way of our people."

    28. Just keeping it super cas'.

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    Pro Tip: look at this photo while listening to audio of a balloon being blown up.

    29. Question: What event is this family dressed to attend?

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    "Come here, sweetie — feel the new baby kick before mommy goes to sleep, I go pose for a denim fetish calendar, and you attend your First Communion by yourself."

    30. Some of the dads are looking toward the future.

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    He is a father now. He can't think about little things like getting a holster for those guns.

    31. Maybe all of these dads are Never Nudes.

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    Tobias Fünke called. He wants this joke structure back.

    Wait, I messed up.

    32. "Yes, baby. I understand, baby."

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    "I will kidnap the Supreme Court as you command."

    33. Oh hey, look — these are your parents.

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    That baby is you. You are the baby in there. Hello!

    34. "WAKE UP."

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    "NOW SMILE."

    35. Anyway, yeah. Shirtless.

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    36. Shirtless.

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    37. Shirtless and loving it.

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    38. Shirtless and possibly naked.

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    To be fair, this man might not have a lower half, or alternatively, he could be emerging from a manhole with to give his beloved a rare and beautiful sewer flower.

    39. This shirtless man is making sensuous eyes.

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    As if to say "I have done sex."

    "Here is the proof."

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