Tag Archives: metrosexual

Meat the Spornosexuals

The second gen­er­a­tion of met­ro­sexu­als are cum­ming. And this time it’s hard­core by Mark Simpson What is it about male hip­sters and their strange, pal­lid, highly ambi­val­ent fas­cin­a­tion with bod­ies beefier and sex­ier than their own? Which means, of course, pretty much every­one? You may remem­ber last year that last year the Guardian colum­nist and […]

Metrosexuality & the Selfie

Metrodaddy Mark Simpson was recently email inter­viewed by Beverly Parungao for a Sydney Morning Herald piece titled ‘Are Men Becoming Too Metrosexual?’ . Below are his unapo­lo­getic, uncir­cum­cised replies. BP: What is driv­ing the met­ro­sexual move­ment? MS: Self-love – and a cer­tain amount of self-loathing – is cer­tainly a power­ful dynamo. But ulti­mately what we’re see­ing here is noth­ing less […]

Reset the Gaydar — Tom Daley’s Not Gay

(Originally appeared on Guardian CiF, 11/09/13) Tom Daley isn’t gay. But the bronze medal­list Olympic diver and presenter of celebrity Speedo show Splash! – recently voted ‘World’s Sexiest Man’ by the read­ers of gay mag Attitude – doesn’t mind if you think he is. Last week­end he told The Mirror: “I think it’s funny when people say […]

The Death of Tradland?

This ad for Barclays Bank mobile phone pay­ment ser­vice cur­rently air­ing on UK TV is a curi­ous and rather clever egg. On the one hand it might seem to be resort­ing to the blokey, ‘reg­u­lar guy’ clichés of the world as imagined/constructed by tra­di­tional advert­ising – Tradland. On the other, it delib­er­ately goes against them, […]

Why Men Love Shoes

Metrosexual goes main­stream as men out­spend women on foot­wear’ announced a head­line in the Daily Telegraph last week, deal­ing a death blow to yet another stand-up comedian gendered gen­er­al­isa­tion stand-by. I have to admit that even metrodaddy was some­what taken aback that men have over­hauled women in the shoe fet­ish­ism depart­ment, and so quickly. But this may […]

Do You Shave Your Chest?

When I joined the British TA infantry back in the late 90s (bit of a long story) and had my med­ical the (woman) doc­tor asked a top­less me: ‘Do you shave your chest?’ It was still ver­boten back then to be gay and in the army so I hur­riedly said: ‘Er, yes. I do bodybuilding […]

Ryan Lochte Manscapes For Hours — With Liberace’s Razors

Tip: Supermarky

David Bowie’s Bisensuality

The DNA test res­ults are in. And I can exclus­ively reveal that the metrosexual’s real daddy is… David Robert Jones. Whatever the truth of Bowie’s own sexu­al­ity, his early 70s intru­sion into the liv­ing rooms of sub­urban England was the most power­ful and pro­voc­at­ive sexual lib­er­a­tion parade ever seen in the UK. He was later to beat […]

Polka Dots: Not Just for Girls

Mirror Men on Canvas — and in Crocs

The Delhi-based artist Pallavi Singh has been med­it­at­ing on met­ro­sexu­al­ity in the Indian sub­con­tin­ental con­text again and has very kindly sent me these rather won­der­ful new paint­ings and given me per­mis­sion to post them here. I think my per­sonal favour­ite is ‘Rise of Mirror Man’ — I par­tic­u­larly like how his Crocs match his sus­pend­ers. Here’s […]