Typically it pertains to a guy who is ostensibly straight, but dresses very fashionably, grooms himself very neatly and otherwise resembles one of the Queer Eye boys. Notable metrosexuals: David Beckham and Ryan Seacrest.
Girls can be metrosexuals, too, but they're not nearly as prominent as the guys. Notable metrosexual girls: Madonna
In general, a metrosexual is supposed to be uber-trendy, polished, fashionable, cosmopolitan and narcissistic.
Your thoughts? Stupid fad? Good clean fun? Awful stereotype? Everybody needs to learn to use a good moisturizer, not just metrosexuals? Are you a metrosexual? Or do you have a favorite?
Hmm... I remember reading an article on the term lately. People should call themselves whatever they want, but personally I'm not the biggest fan of the term because it's definitely extending a stereotype.
While perhaps statistically gay men dress more fashionably than straight men, at least in the US (as an American in Europe, if I were to base my "gaydar" on the same appearance criteria I had in the US, I'd be way off. For example, men on the whole here are generally more fashion-conscious and stylishly dressed than men in the US. And there's not this automatic question of "wow, she has really, really short hair; I bet she's gay!" since many women, regardless of sexual orientation, have very short hair. And everyone has a rainbow umbrella (ok, not really, but they sure brighten up cold, cloudy days!); rainbows don't necessarily have the same connatation of homosexuality. Sure the gay bar down the street is called "Rainbow" but the rainbow is a bigger symbol of peace I'd say.)
OK, I went really off on topic there! So, if you're born gay it doesn't mean you automatically have wonderful fashion sense and if you're born straight it doesn't mean you never wear watching socks. If you're bi do you have a semi good fashion sense, and how does being transgender fit into the picture. I think you get my point here...
At the same time, I enjoy watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and such shows. I have gay male friends who totally pride themselves on their fashion sense and link it to their sexuality. But I think if we are eventually get over the stereotypes, we'd have to stop using such terms, and start seeing people more as people with multi-dimensional personalities than just sexual orientation and fashion sense.
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I knew it was only a matter of time before someone brought this one up. Dammit, Gummy!
I first heard this term last spring when one of my friends mentioned it to me. Then we had the Queer Eye program and soon after there was even an episode of South Park devoted to the term. After seeing that, I figured we had a new fad.
But no, I'm not big on it. Metrosexual? How about "dude who dresses nicely?" Or "dude who paints his nails?" Or "homeboy with the four-hundred-dollar loafers?"
I guess I just thought maybe there was some way we could refer to someone as being stylish without some implicit reference to their sexual orientation. I must be naive.
To my understanding, it was coined meant to be parody, and to poke fun at the concept of orientation also implying lifestyle factors, as well as to make fun of ideas that heterosexuale people are square by default.
In other words, it's a joke. I don't believe it was intended to be an identifier in earnest.
I'm sorry, I just noticed. But, Gummy, Ryan Seacrest as a hip, stylish guy?
To me, he seems to be just a brainless, bland little gnat. Really, what does this guy do that makes him a metrosexual? Is there anyone out there other than 12-year old girls who cares about this guy? Oh, and I saw him the other day with two-day facial hair.
Haven't there always been men who've taken their cues from GQ? Is this fad really any different?
Here's a question: is there such a thing as an ugly metrosexual? Of course, that's to say is there such a thing as a metrosexual who isn't good looking enough to host any of the Idol shows?
I don't think there is, personally. And if there isn't, this is a label I can really do without.
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hey because he's annoying doesn't mean he's not fashionable. he is quite fashionable, and i heard him yack on the radio all the friggin' time about going to the salon for a facial. in that respect, i think he's the epitome of a metrosexual.
as for an ugly metrosexual, i've been in LA long enough to have seen some. they pervade nightclubs. there are some things an expensive suit can't cover up.
quote:Originally posted by Dzuunmod: To me, he seems to be just a brainless, bland little gnat.
I couldn't agree with you more. I remember the day he took over as evening-drive-time DJ on KYSR out here. I guess it was about eight years ago now, but I was driving home from work with my girlfriend at the time, and we looked at each other with a "who the hell is this idiot?" expression. And he's gotten worse, if you can believe it.
You're right though, this is a term I think we can all do without. While it may have had parodic intentions early on, anyone out here can tell you it has taken on a life all its own. Guess I'll just stick my head in the sand and let this fad pass me by.
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