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mgarretson Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:58 AM
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Metrosexuals
What do you guys think of this? I think metrosexualism offers some good points but I think it gets stretched too far just for the sake of novelty and talk shows...

from the April 07, 2004 edition

'Manly' gets a makeover

Men now have a wider range of masculine models - from sensitive to he-man

By Kim Campbell | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

NEW YORK What a time to be a man. No matter what lifestyle a guy wants to publicly embrace - rugged or dandyish - he can. Military men and firefighters are in vogue, thanks to the war on terror, but all the talk about metrosexuals in recent months is adding another dimension to masculinity in American culture.
The idea of straight urbanites who like to moisturize and wear designer clothes, la TV's "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," is spreading beyond cities like New York and Seattle to the plains of Oklahoma, where designer jeans are rivaling trucker hats as a fashion accessory for guys on college campuses.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0407/p12s02-lifp.html
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:59 AM
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1. It's been and gone. It was an annoying phrase that had some cache
about six months ago. Thankfully it's disappeared of late.
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:00 AM
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2. What's wrong with a guy that takes care of himself?
What's so wrong with a guy who actually cares about his appearance? So what if a guy does the cooking and cleaning? Either we're slobs, or we're too neat. Make up your minds, people!

:D
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Commendatori Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:02 AM
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3. Nothing, but...
...why would such a guy need a label? It's like saying that the default setting for men is "swine," and that those who give a damn about hygiene and appearance need some sort of label. I'm with Screaming Lord Byron on this one.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:02 AM
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4. What's wrong is that they have to attach a term to it.
Maybe you're just a guy, not a metrosexual. Why all this need for definition?
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GOPisEvil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:04 AM
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5. Oh, I don't need a label...object to the label all you want.
In fact, I rather like NOT being labeled. I'm far too complex for one word to describe me.
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Screaming Lord Byron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:11 AM
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7. Yeah, I was agreeing with you. My post wasn't that clear, sorry.
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skypilot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:10 AM
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6. My main problem with metrosexuals...
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 09:11 AM by skypilot
...at least in my city, is that they tend to look just like the gay men. They groom and dress pretty much same way. I was already getting bored with it coming from gay men and then straight men jumped on the same bandwagon. I don't think there's anything wrong with a man paying attention to his appearance--there have always been men who've done that--my problem is that these guys just all look the same. Men just seem to be coming in fewer and fewer flavors.
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Nicholas D Wolfwood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:11 AM
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8. There's a huge difference between neat and "metrosexual"
A normal guy can, and does, do things like make sure they are neat and clean and dressed properly. I am a normal guy.

A metrosexual does these things and a whole lot more. They don't merely dress well, they might as well be trying out for GAP commercials. They don't just keep clean, they use designer peach scented moisturizers and facial scrubs. They don't just put up a few posters or sports related items on the wall, they go all out like an interior designer would. See the pattern?

In summation, metrosexuals are the guys who try WAY too hard.
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Loonman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:17 AM
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9. There's always been "Metrosexuals"
Some media idiot just coined a term for them.
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:28 AM
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10. i completely agree with you
all the men i have ever dated are metrosexuals...now they can just call themselves that
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