My curiosity got the better of me. What on earth is a metrosexual? Who came up with this term and why? Is it the sum of effeminate qualities and undisclosed orientation?
I have several friends (men) who buy and wear women’s jeans because they like the cut and fit better. they buy bath products from Victoria Secret or Bath and Body Works. They occasionally wear eye liner when they go downtown for concerts and clubs. They own too many bottles of fragrance (not all for men either). They spend more time in front of mirrors than i spend eating meals each day.
I don’t know how, but i have an idea of what “metrosexual” means. I don’t know where it came from. But i’ve looked into it, and here’s what I’ve come up with…
“Metrosexual” is a term coined in 1994 by British journalist Mark Simpson, who used it to refer to an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. the term comes from the combination of two words: metropolitan heterosexual. it refers to a young man concerned with self-image, self-indulgence, and money
He is the fasion-conscious target audience of men’s magazines.
Metrosexuality was promoted primarily by magazines such as GQ, The Face, Esquire, Arena, and FHM. they filled their magazines with images of narcissistic young men sporting fashionable clothes and accessories. and they persuaded other young men to study them with a mixture of envy and desire.
Outside Britain, metrosexual has congealed into something more digestible: a heterosexual male who is in touch with his feminine side – he color coordinates, cares deeply about exfoliation, and has perhaps “manscaped.”
In major urban areas such as San Francisco, Boston, NYC, Seattle, and Dallas, the metrosexual may be seen as a modern day fop or dandy. Like Victorian-era gentlemen, metrosexuals are sometimes considered especially masculine in the sense that they can relate to and empathize with women in an attempt to foster a relationship (or a sexual tryst) with them.
Mark Simpson’s own definition of 2002 is “The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference.
Particular professions, such as modelling, waiting tables, media, pop music and, nowadays, sport, seem to attract them but, truth be told, like male vanity products and herpes, they’re pretty much everywhere.”
David Beckham, international soccer superstar, is the metrosexual icon. He’s athletic and capable. He’s very good looking. He spends unimaginable amounts of time and money on his appearance. He’s worshipped and adored by millions of young men and women.
Strangely enough, the term is used as a sort of parisian, upper class sophisticate/cool compliment at times, but was coined as a satirical criticism of the impact of consumerism and vanity upon traditional masculinity through media such as glossy men’s magazines.
A metrosexual is vain. vanity is required. a retrosexual is someone who rejects being finicky about physical appearance. he would be the opposite of the metrosexual.
the retrosexual lifestyle is most popular and societally accepted among men aged 18-24. however, the term is rarely used as in self-description by those men. they prefer terms such as “real man”, “old school”, or “masculine”. They reject the term “retrosexual” because the very use of it implies the normality of metrosexuality and the need of a similar term to describe its opposite.
A retrosexual may also be known as a man who rejects casual sex as mindless and immoral.