Are Men The New Fairer Sex?
Are men getting too soft? Can we even call men "men" anymore? So many young, hot celebs look like pretty boys. The Koreans are going nuts for boybands who look prettier than some of their female followers! What's up with this trend. Has the metrosexual trend setting gone too far?
- Macho vs Metro
- Love the Outfit! And the Hair!
- Hey Dude, How's It Hangin'?
- Men: Emotional Creatures?
- Goodbye Men, Hello Metrosexuals!
- Famous Metros
- Boybands Were Never This Girly.
Macho vs Metro
Is it my imagination or are guys getting softer nowadays?
Whenever I'm out and about, I look around the mall or around the office, and I'm struck by how our males are wearing their hair and the way they are dressing. To be blunt, there seems to be an ever-increasing number of guys who look like girls!
I don't know if it's down to current fashion trends or merely individual preferences. It might be the celebrity influence and the charm of stars like Asian stars Jay Chou, whose popular long-hair-over-one-eye-look still manages to attract the girls in droves, though I can't imagine why.
From an old school point of view, there is no doubt that guys who sport the fluffy - haired look are more boyish, than manly. I'm pretty sure that long hair on a weedy frame never got female hearts fluttering during my time.
Love the Outfit! And the Hair!
While today's male trend setters may not be "switching over" in the personal orientation sense, they sure do appear more effeminate on the surface. Gone are the short back and sides cut that men and boys everywhere, back in the day, would get from their barbers whether they liked it or not. Nowadays, men are frequenting hairdressers and asking for the kinds of perms and styles that are the envy of most women.
Flared, bootleg-cut trousers that show off the figure are no longer the sole fashion domain of the female gender, but are also hotly favoured by our office boys, rather than the straight-cut designs of yesteryear. Coupled with trendy baby pink or pastel blue-striped shirts and colourful neckties, this typical get-up of the younger generation is a sharp contrast to the staid, sensible grey and navy blue-themed office attire worn by the older men.
Hey Dude, How's It Hangin'?
If men weren't happy enough looking and dressing like us, now they're stealing our act too. Not that long ago, handshakes and thumps on the back were as far as men went to show their affection for each other. While they won't go so far as to do the kiss-on-both-cheeks act whenever they greet, guys saying hello to each other with affectionate hugs doesn't bat many eyelids.
Men: Emotional Creatures?
On TV, as a reflection of real life, it was always the woman and never the man who would cry. Real men wouldn't dare to open up and talk about their feelings for fear of being branded sissies or wimps. Nowadays, guys will start to blubber in front of their friends because of a girlfriend crisis or whenever their favourite football team loses.
Goodbye Men, Hello Metrosexuals!
Relationship advice swapping is gradually replacing the usual sport, car and work banter.
Guys donning lip-gloss, sporting glowing complexions, hair bands and carrying "man bags" are a sight rarely seen 10 years ago.
Of course, it doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the guy. Far from playing for the other team, it's called being "Metrosexual'.
Today's man is a man who knows how to take care of himself, as he will fiercely testify. No doubt, his girlfriend appreciates it.
David Beckham helped kick off the metro craze that so many of our men are falling victim to nowadays, when it became news headlines that he would pinch Victoria's moisturiser and wear her sarongs. Now it seems, more and more non-celebrity men are taking a leaf out of his book and doing the same thing. A worldwide spurt in men's skincare and cosmetic industry sales is proof of this.
Boybands Were Never This Girly.
To say it poses some confusion to the opposite sex is to be expected. Then again, in some parts of the world, pretty men are hotly pursued by the opposite sex. Some girls like their guys to be prettier than them, and that's no exaggeration. It also explains the massive popularity of pretty girly look-alike J Pop and K Pop boy bands amongst the female populace of South East Asia.
The saying that all the decent men are either taken or gay is probably an exaggeration. But I feel sorry for the single-and-looking girls out there, who are no doubt left scratching their heads, wondering where have all the manly men gone?