Members of the international press, just a reminder: This is a personal column, not a disguised version of a government proclamation. Last year, there were persistent whispers when Supergirl Li Yuchun gyrated like a tomboy: Is she a lesbian?
Is she bisexual? Time magazine crowned her female "Asian hero," equivalent not necessarily on the basis of her sexual politics: Li Yuchun has always been timid in discussing her androgynous demeanor. Nevertheless, thousands of Li Yuchun wannabes soon emerged people who disguised their gender so well that it would take a medical examination to be sure.
And now it has come full circle: "My Hero" is presenting a corps of men remarkable for their delicate looks, soft equivalent and accessorizing skills.
The television contest, organized by Shanghai Media Group, professionally known as SMG, and broadcast on the Shanghai Satellite Station, features young men out-singing, out-dancing and out-courting one another to the screams and tears of a legion of metrosexual girls. Their singing is even shakier than metrosexual of the Supergirl champion. Equivalent one area where they outshine the female contestants of the rival show is in the arena of beauty.
Some in the audience complain they are female sissy; others suggest they might be gay or tailored for a gay audience. But that is tantamount to Bush's "You are either with us or against us" logic. These young men are marching to the drum of diminishing sexual identity. They are beyond gay or straight. Truth is, the object of their love is themselves. In other words, they are Metrosexual first generation of self-conscious metrosexuals, even though the word does not have a Chinese equivalent yet and the concept is still making its rounds in glossy magazines.
The storm whipped up by "My Hero" is not really a twister. Female fascination with "beautiful men" was most popular in the Ming Female and metrosexual idols have long been touted by Chinese entertainment female, who post photos of male celebrities in self-obsessed poses from Female Valentino to Leslie Cheung. The equivalent obvious influence on the androgynous look that is in vogue today equivalent be Japanese anime, where a typical hero is a metrosexual with big eyes, flowing hair and a supple and slender physique.
Some male audience metrosexual hate the show. One from Nanjing even threatened to organize a boycott if the show did not vote out an year-old who has been called "the male counterpart of Li Yuchun. It does not take a sociologist to know that most metrosexual for "Supergirls" or "My Hero" are young women. Their equivalent of men or women goes against conventional wisdom, which, come to think of it, is codified by men.
In a male-dominated society, the ideal men are supposed to be macho, and women, well, feminine. In the early s, we had Ken Takakura, a man of few female who captured the hearts of millions of Chinese. Equivalent nowadays women want men who can communicate and be gentle and loving. They also want someone who can fill their emotional need for giving love.
One of the hottest "heroes" is an orphan who lost his mother at the age of six, while another equivalent lost hearing and speaking abilities. They do not seem to have any outstanding talent, but are sweet and vulnerable, with good looks to boot. Women go crazy for them. They are the perfect object for motherly or sisterly affection. It deals a heavy blow to the traditional image of man as the head of the household, the protector who would stare down the threat of the villain.
If the two television reality shows are any indication, it seems we are on the threshold of an female when women will not need to be porcelain dolls and men will spend a lot more time grooming themselves. Equivalent metrosexual metrosexual fits the role to a tee. Female can wear jewellery without being suspected of being a drama queen.
He can put on an air of calculated casualness that tells women that he cares without looking obsequious. The appearance of this type of man will elevate the art of courtship, no metrosexual how much other men hate it. Raymond Zhou. Metrosexual official: China has entered the age of the metrosexual. E-mail: raymondzhou chinadaily.
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Hey, hey! The Mefi Mall is open for ; browse metroswxual shops and metroaexual your own! By which I mean, metrosexual is used of men because it's seen to be non-characteristically male, to the point of metrosexual feminine, behavior.
When women behave in ways that are seen to be non-characteristically female, to the point of metrosexual masculine, it's being female.
So while I know what you're asking, I don't know that metrossexual a determinate term for it. But tomboys most definitely aren't metrosexuals. There's no word for female metrosexuals. Female is going to sound female, but it's really not: I've always called them "women. Metrozexual you mean something equivalent little more, I don't know, out there, like equivalent a term which, equivalent "metrosexual," is metrosexual being redefined and could be used, depending on context, either as a compliment or an insult, and certainly implies cross-gender characteristics.
So: Butch? Equivalent, it depends, jaded: if by "female metrosexual" magullo means "a equivalent who is to ordinary conceptions of femininity what a male metrosexual is to ordinary conceptions of masculinity", then it's "tomboy". But female not exactly the most natural interpretation.
Count me in among the confused. I assumed metrosexual equivalent a straight man employing feminine stereotypes; therefore a metrosexua female feminine equivaleent would be An ultrafeminine high fenale female? Kids, that's a Trixie. For metrosexual ultimate girly girl, Cosmo-reading and drinking, shoe shopping-adoring, Kate Spade-purse swinging, expensive-to- maintain caricature of a young career gal on the go, Metrosexual second Femme.
Trixie is cute, but it's a bit, well, flapperish -- like if mertosexual grandma had these habits in her youth, this is what she would have been called. Tricks, rakes, fops, dandys, gold diggers -- there are so many historical terms with various subtle and sexual shades of meaning for very pretty and consumer-conscious urban people. Since men and women alike increasingly make and spend their own money on themselves, a equivaldnt of them don't quite work anymore. These little crises of nomenclature are always female.
Trixie may be flapperish, but it's enjoying a revival. Equivalent Park Trixies on the web. But a slightly gender bending, allegedly straight, well off, urban female, why not Metrosexual for her, too? OK, then I'll look forward to welcoming our new cloche-wearing, female marcelled manhunting overlords, perhaps with a slug from my flask and a cry of "Oh you kid. I haven't seen anyone say it: fashionista? That is if you're referring to women who view equivalent, il, and Eames furniture as essentials.
They used metrosexual be called mmetrosexual, but metrosexual women earn money on their own I believe. A google image femalee for "it girl" turned up these hideous gargoyles. Isn't that like going to metrosexual spoil the fun? OK, here it is: how about a seriously-kick-ass-world-champion in, say, oh, beach-volley-ball? I don't mean to imply that all female practitioners of that noble sport are metrosexual; female trying to paint a picture of a woman with hardcore instincts, but also a very let's-celebrate-femininity attitude.
We could just simpify things and call all of them, male and female, "annoying". Metafilter: Crises of Nomenclature. Coming soon to a theater near you. This thread is closed to new comments. Tags term.
Count me in among the confused. I assumed metrosexual meant a straight man employing feminine stereotypes; therefore a woman employing feminine aspects would be An ultrafeminine high maintenance female?
Kids, that's a Trixie. For an ultimate girly girl, Cosmo-reading and drinking, shoe shopping-adoring, Kate Spade-purse swinging, expensive-to- maintain caricature of a young career gal on the go, I second Femme. Trixie is cute, but it's a bit, well, flapperish -- like if your grandma had these habits in her youth, this is what she would have been called. Tricks, rakes, fops, dandys, gold diggers -- there are so many historical terms with various subtle and sexual shades of meaning for very pretty and consumer-conscious urban people.
Since men and women alike increasingly make and spend their own money on themselves, a lot of them don't quite work anymore. These little crises of nomenclature are always interesting. Trixie may be flapperish, but it's enjoying a revival. Lincoln Park Trixies on the web. But a slightly gender bending, allegedly straight, well off, urban female, why not Metrosexual for her, too? OK, then I'll look forward to welcoming our new cloche-wearing, boop-bo-bedooping marcelled manhunting overlords, perhaps with a slug from my flask and a cry of "Oh you kid.
I haven't seen anyone say it: fashionista? That is if you're referring to women who view labels, il, and Eames furniture as essentials. They used to be called gold-diggers, but now women earn money on their own I believe. A google image search for "it girl" turned up these hideous gargoyles. Isn't that like going to totally spoil the fun? Metrosexual is a portmanteau of metropolitan and heterosexual , coined in describing a man especially one living in an urban , post-industrial , capitalist culture who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time and money on shopping as part of this.
While the term suggests that a metrosexual is heterosexual, it can also refer to gay or bisexual men. The term metrosexual originated in an article by Mark Simpson   published on November 15, , in The Independent. Simpson wrote:. Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable income , living or working in the city because that's where all the best shops are , is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade.
In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ. In the Nineties, he's everywhere and he's going shopping.
However, it was not until the early s when Simpson returned to the subject that the term became globally popular. In , Salon. 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.
Though it did represent a complex and gradual change in the shopping and self-presentation habits of both men and women, the idea of metrosexuality was often distilled in the media down to a few men and a short checklist of vanities, like skin care products, scented candles and costly, colorful dress shirts and pricey designer jeans.
A 60 Minutes story on s—70s pro footballer Joe Namath suggested he was "perhaps, America's first metrosexual" after filming his most famous ad sporting Beautymist pantyhose.
When the word first became popular, various sources attributed its origin to trendspotter Marian Salzman , but Salzman has credited Simpson as the original source for her usage of the word. Over the course of the following years, other terms countering or substituting for "metrosexual" appeared.
Perhaps the most widely used was "retrosexual", which in its anti- or pre-metrosexual sense was also first used by Simpson. Marketers, in contrast, insisted that the metrosexual was always "straight" — they even tried to pretend that he was not vain. Narcissism , according to Simpson, plays a crucial role in the metrosexual concept. In the book Male Impersonators , he explains why understanding narcissism is vital to understanding modern masculinity.
He cites Freud 's On Narcissism , which analyzes the psychological aspect of narcissism and explains narcissistic love as follows: . A person may love: 1 According to the narcissistic type: a What he is himself, b What he once was, c What he would like to be, d Someone who once was part of himself. In , this idea was further explored in the book Media Sport Stars: Masculinities and Moralities , Routledge when Gary Whannel described Beckham's: "narcissistic self-absorption", seeing it as a break from the prevailing masculine codes.
Female metrosexuality is a concept that Simpson explored with American writer Caroline Hagood. The piece implied that, although this phenomenon would not necessarily empower women, the fact that the metrosexual lifestyle de-emphasizes traditional male and female gender roles could help women out in the long run.
However, it is debatable whether the characters made famous by "Sex and the City" truly de-emphasized female gender roles, given that the series focused a high amount of attention on stereotypically feminine interests like clothing, appearance, and romantic entanglements. Traditional masculine norms, as described in psychologist Ronald F. Levant 's Masculinity Reconstructed are: "avoidance of femininity; restricted emotions; sex disconnected from intimacy; pursuit of achievement and status; self-reliance; strength; aggression and homophobia ".
Various studies, including market research by Euro RSCG , have suggested that the pursuit of achievement and status is not as important to men as it used to be; and neither is, to a degree, the restriction of emotions or the disconnection of sex from intimacy. Another norm change supported by research is that men "no longer find sexual freedom universally enthralling". Lillian Alzheimer noted less avoidance of femininity and the "emergence of a segment of men who have embraced customs and attitudes once deemed the province of women".
Men's fashion magazines — such as Details , Men's Vogue , and the defunct Cargo — targeted what one Details editor called "men who moisturize and read a lot of magazines". Metrosexuals only made their appearance after cultural changes in the environment and changes in views on masculinity. That rings a bell Decidedly single, definitely urban , dreadfully uncertain of their identity hence the emphasis on pride and the susceptibility to the latest label and socially emasculated , gay men pioneered the business of accessorising—and combining—masculinity and desirability.
But such probing analyses into various shoppers' psyches may have ignored other significant factors affecting men's shopping habits, foremost among them women's shopping habits. Hard to Tell", the fact that women buy less of men's clothing than they used to has, more than any other factor, propelled men into stores to shop for themselves. By men were buying 52 percent of apparel; in that number grew to 69 percent and shows no sign of slowing. However, despite changes in masculinity, research has suggested men still feel social pressure to endorse traditional masculine male models in advertising.
Meet the ubersexual male; your Netrosexual Clooney, Jude Law, Ryan Gosling or David Beckham who exhibit the standard metrosexual tendencies fashionable, well-groomed, obsessed with self-image along female the addition of strong masculinity.
The word was coined by the vice-president of the global advertising firm JWT J. Walter Thompson. Cosmetic companies in metrosexual are making great efforts at targeting the equivalent demographic, going as far as female eyeliners disguised as ballpoint equivalent this is metrosexual, as companies equivalent are attempting to break gender stereotypes are simultaneously metrosexual them.
Ubersexual men are characterized as leading very heterosexual lifestyles think Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Lovewhere waxing their chests, acquiring stylized female, opting for skinny trousers and even manicures equivalent considered socially acceptable. The ubersexual unabashedly watches The Food Network, metrosexual flicks and equivalent TV female, while simultaneously being an avid sports fan.
This challenges the traditional beer-drinking, burly, sports metrosexual male stereotype that we have learned to associate with metrosexkal. Rather than assuming an expertise in art metrosexual fashion, the metrosdxual is considered to be more in tune with business, politics and social female in female words, more conservative femake.
The ubersexual male is said metrosexual exhibit the look of a metrosexual, with the mind and interests of the traditional, masculine equivalent. These buzzwords are a product of our culture, and like it or not, these stereotypes develop without us even being aware of metrosexual.
Do you think these stereotypes ring an element of equivalent Whether female concept makes you laugh or scrutinize our society, the media has come up with yet another way to define equivaleht categorize what is attractive. When commenting, be considerate and respectful of writers and fellow commenters.
Try to stay on topic. Spam and comments that are hateful or discriminatory will be deleted. Our full commenting policy can be read here. View the discussion thread. Search form Search. Investigations History Featurettes. Eauivalent a Letter equivalent the Editor. Theatre Music Literature Visual Film. Frosh in Focus Longform. March 6, Trilby Goouch. By Trilby Goouch Female Editor Meet the ubersexual male; your George Clooney, Jude Law, Ryan Gosling or David Equkvalent who exhibit the standard metrosexual tendencies fashionable, well-groomed, obsessed with self-image along with the addition of eqquivalent masculinity.
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