June 08, 2005
Machohomo v. Metrohetero?
According to this report, the "macho look" is making way for... for....
Well, for something else:
PARIS (AFP) - Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say."Authority, infallibility, virility and strength" (all classical values, BTW) are, we are told, being replaced by looks like this:
I don't know whether the above constitutes the "metro" look, but I flunked the metro test, and I don't know too many men who either look like that or want to. Like some of the bizarre women's fashions to which we're often treated, this is a look to which most men simply do not -- and will not -- aspire.
Lest anyone think of blaming "the gay agenda" or launching another boycott as a way of fighting this sinister sissy plot, I think it's only fair to point out that for the most part, your average homosexual man is attracted to precisely the "macho man" look we are now told is doomed.
Gee, what if that's part of the problem? Might it be, in a sort of perverse paradoxical kind of way?
Might the "Metro man" be a "homophobic" reaction against the homoerotic "macho man"?
I doubt it. I think most people would just like to be themselves.
And I think it's all a little dull. But it's obviously not dull for everyone. Might be the sort of thing people like to get worked up about.
There's money in this for someone somewhere (or at least a desire for attention) or they wouldn't be doing it.
I think that even the blasted culture war should have better things to do.
UPDATE (06/10/05): James Lileks has more:
this is mostly nonsense. At least here in the US. Perhaps itíll work in Europe, which has a large class of silly people inclinded to be is post- everything - post-national, post-religious, post-modern, post-gender. (It wonít work with the Muslim segment of their population, though.) It might work in America for a wee thin slice of the male population that lives in coastal cities, has the requisite vanity to carry it off, and is looking for a new role to replace the boring old Red State values he fled, seeking an enlightened place where people never say "Ozzie and Harriet" without rolling their eyes.Oddly enough, I find myself wishing it would work (with the Muslim side of the population, of course....)
posted by Eric on 06.08.05 at 02:41 PM
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