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English author and journalist Mark Simpson is credited/blamed for coining the term ‘metrosexual’ in a 1994 essay in the UK’s Independent newspaper in which he predicted, with terrifying accuracy, that the future belonged to the male desire to be desired.
Compounding his crime, Simpson introduced his insufferably pretty offspring to the US in 2002, outing David Beckham as the prime exemplar and turning ‘metrosexual’ into a global buzzword. (Simpson is also attributed with introducing us to the ‘retrosexual’, in the sense of the anti-metrosexual.)
In 2014, twenty years after giving birth to the metrosexual, Simpson introduced the world to ‘spornosexuals’ — hardcore, sexed-up, body-centered, second generation metrosexuals: ‘Young men who fashion their own bodies into the ultimate accessory and totally hot commodity down at the factory of the 21st century — the gym’.
The global cool-hunting website Science of the Time has described Simpson as:
“The world’s most perceptive — and certainly the wittiest — writer about masculinity”.
The Times of India included ‘metrosexual’ in their review of the most important words of the last thirty years, commenting:
“Much has been written about metrosexuals, but no one has done it as well as the man credited with coining the term, Mark Simpson.”
In December 2008 GQ Russia listed him topless and oiled up in their top ten Things That Changed Men’s Lives, above Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigmund Freud — and even Biotherm Homme.
Simpson is the author of several critically-acclaimed books, including Male Impersonators and Saint Morrissey. He has written for far too many publications around the world, including The London Times, Arena Homme Plus, Playboy, Out, the Seattle Stranger, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Financial Times, Vogues Hommes International, Attitude, Details and contributed to the catalogue for the Victoria & Albert’s Fashion Vs Sport exhibition in 2009.
He has also worked as a consultant with Movember/Freuds, Philips/Emanate and Edelman/Lynx.
Books by Mark Simpson:
Deviant Adventures in Pop Culture
The acclaimed ‘psycho-bio’ of England’s most charming – and alarming – pop star.
A biography of the metrosexual.
By his dad.
What’s left of gayness when the homophobia stops?
The book that changed the way the world looks at men.
This book will change the way you think about sex. It may even put you off it altogether.
What the world press says about Mr Simpson:
“SIMPSON WRITES WITH ENOUGH PANACHE TO MAKE MOST OF HIS PEERS TOSS THEIR LAPTOPS INTO THE WASTE DISPOSAL AND WEEP”
- Simon Price, Independent on Sunday
“THE GAY ANTI-CHRIST” – Vogue
“I ALMOST HATE TO AGREE WITH ANYTHING HE SAYS” – London Review of Books
“AN AMUSED, DETACHED VOLTAIRE” - Independent on Sunday
“ERUDITE, INCISIVE, SASSY… FRESH, HILARIOUS” - Publishers Weekly
“ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST WRITERS AROUND” - Time Out
“BRILLIANTLY BUCCANEERING” – Spectator
“SERIOUSLY FUNNY” - Scotland On Sunday
“SPUNKY’” — Lambda Book Report
“ONE OF ENGLAND’S MOST ELOQUENT AND SARDONIC COMMENTATORS” – Bay Windows
INTERVIEWS WITH MARK SIMPSON