Why the term ‘metrosexual’ sucks.

I hate this word. I hate it so much. Why? Why would the editor of manshion, a shoe-in for the metrosexual lifestyle hate this term?

Because what ‘metrosexual’ describes has nothing to do with sex or sexual preference.

Am I wrong? Please tell me. However, by definition, the term only describes a tendency to  be a well-versed, well-dressed, groomed, cosmopolitan male. Despite a (wrongful) common conception that these are traits of homosexual men, that still does not explain why this word needs to throw in a ‘sexual ending.  Why not a metrolite or something? Why a term that sounds like homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual to describe a lifestyle that isn’t defined by such qualities? For lack of a better argument, it’s confusing to those on the receiving end. “Complimenting” a straight man by calling him a metrosexual essentially never comes out sounding too good, does it? According to society’s understanding of the term, it’s like saying, “Hey you’re like totally stylish and groomed to the point of me questioning your sexuality, bro!” Not so much a compliment as a catalyst for irritation.  Bottom line: I hate the word, and don’t think there needs to be a term to rope in men who dress well, etc. I think the usual adjectives, “dapper,” “well-dressed,” “clean,” “suave,” etc. will suffice.

5 Responses to “Why the term ‘metrosexual’ sucks.”
  1. Jarrett says:

    I have to agree 100%! It’s as if someone is insinuating you’re gay. I certainly don’t have a problem with anyone that chooses that lifestyle, but if society thinks all men should be slovenly creatures, society has a problem. Does every man that cares about his clothing and grooming have to be homosexual? It seems like those are traits women would be interested in! I don’t know how this word entered today’s language but it should certainly be extracted as there isn’t a proper usage for the term.

  2. t.rex says:

    i respectfully disagree with the idea that being identified as a metrosexual means you’re being compared to my fellow homos. as a gay dude (who is a regular reader of this site, although i frequently disagree with the editor[s]), i interpret the word ‘metrosexual’ to mean a guy who does what it takes to appear in control of his sex appeal, with the good fortune to have both reasonable money and good taste. money plus taste plus intellect (i.e. knowing what works for your look and what doesn’t) equals the ‘Metro.’ reaping the benefits of that with being able to hook up with whomever you like equals the ‘sexual’ suffix.

    don’t sweat it, straight dudes. it’s pretty much always a compliment. unless you are waxing your eyebrows.. in which case… knock that shit off. you are not zac efron, and you shold be thankful for that.

  3. MosquitoControl says:

    Gotta say I disagree with all of this a bit.

    Metrosexual, at least when I was in NYC, didn’t simply mean a fashionable guy. It meant either a too fashionable guy, meaning someone wearing garbage you see on a runway, or a guy fashionable in ways that lose his masculinity.
    These definitions overlap very much.

    You can be a very well dressed man and not be a metrosexual. You can be a metrosexual and not be well dressed.

    Here, from the wikipedia:
    Metrosexual is a neologism generally applied to heterosexual men with a strong concern for their appearance, or whose lifestyles display attributes stereotypically seen among gay men. The term is closely related to dandy. Debate surrounds the term’s use as a theoretical signifier of gender deconstruction and its associations with consumerism. The word was coined as a tongue-in-cheek play on “homosexual”.

    Maybe to someo people it stops at “strong concern for their appearance.” Where I was living it went into “lifestyles display attributes stereotypically seen among gay men.”

    Most of what is on this site is not very metrosexual.
    That hideous blazer below, though, is 100% metrosexual.

  4. I agree- I prefer dapper myself. A well dressed man has nothing to do with his sexuality!

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