Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Hidden Dangers of Metrosexuality

In the West, culture changes have begun to bring the worlds of men and women together in ways they never have been before. While gender equality is an unquestionable advancement, one of the unfortunate side effects is that distinctiveness of each gender is sometimes blurred, leading to a bland androgyny.

One of the key differences between men and women has been their attitudes towards sex. For men, having sex is more important than being sexy. The traditional masculine attitude is that sex appeal is a means to an end.

For women, it is the reverse. For females, having sex appeal, being sexy, is of greater importance than actually having sex. Traditionally, sex is one source of power open to women when other avenues of influence were closed.

A metrosexual is different from the traditionally well-groomed male in that the traditional male looks good in order to advance his sexual agenda. A certainly careless air surrounds the well-coiffed gentlemen, as if he hadn't noticed his own sartorial sophistication.

The metrosexual, by contrast, is acutely aware of how well his nails are pared, how well his hair is trimmed and gelied, and how pungent his cologne is.

This must stop. As the French say, "Viva La difference."

1 comment:

Tololy said...

Your argument here is a lot like one my sister, Dana, made the last time she and I talked about gender stereotypes and restrictions.

Her point of view is that a man should be a man, and a woman, a woman. She has the same attitude you have in that "difference must be preserved."

I, obviously, do not share this point of view. I think that while you and Dana oppose the ongoing assimilation of the genders, it will continue to happen. That continuity is enough for me to quit arguing against the inevitable -- I see it as a waste of time.

But freak out not! This change does not mean there will be no "real men" --whatever that is-- left. We will just have more diversity and to each his/her/its own.