English author and journalist Mark Simpson is credited with coining the term and concept ‘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. Though no one believed his prophecies at the time as everyone was in untucked, New Lad denial.
In 2002, however, Simpson returned to the subject, introducing his insufferably pretty offspring to the US, outing David Beckham as the prime exemplar – and turning ‘metrosexual’ into a global, sometimes annoyingly so, buzzword. (Simpson is also attributed with introducing us to the ‘retrosexual’, in the sense of the anti-metrosexual.)
In 2014, twenty years after siring the metrosexual, with metrosexuality now the new moisturised normal, Simpson spawned ‘spornosexuals‘ – hardcore, sexed-up, body-centered, second generation, social-media 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 gymnasium’.
‘Spornosexual’ rapidly became another global buzzword, giving people a handle on a very visible phenomenon.
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 recently 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, It’s a Queer World, and Saint Morrissey.
He has written for far too many publications around the world, including The London Times, Arena Homme Plus, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Out, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Financial Times, GQ, Vogues Hommes International, Arena Hommes Plus, Attitude and Details. He also contributed to the catalogue for the Victoria & Albert’s Fashion Vs Sport exhibition in 2009.
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” – 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