About Mark Simpson

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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 TimesVogues Hommes International, AttitudeDetails 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:

It’s a Queer World

Deviant Adventures in Pop Culture

Saint Morrissey

The acclaimed ‘psycho-bio’ of England’s most charm­ing – and alarm­ing – pop star.

Metrosexy

A bio­graphy of the metrosexual.

By his dad.

End of Gays?

What’s left of gay­ness when the homo­pho­bia stops?

Male Impersonators

The book that changed the way the world looks at men.

Sex Terror

This book will change the way you think about sex. It may even put you off it altogether.

 

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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, SASSYFRESH, 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

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