Tag Archives: retrosexual

Fag-Up, America

Column by yours truly over on HuffPo about why America needs to drop the manly strap-ons and fag-up instead.

A Bit of Laurie (& Fry)

At first I thought it was a mis­take, but then I real­ised that L’Oreal wasn’t look­ing for mod­els but for people with strong per­son­al­it­ies, who are worth it…and who aren’t afraid to pro­claim that using cos­met­ics can be a very mas­cu­line decision after all.”    – Hugh Laurie.  L’Oreal’s new middle-aged poster boy Hugh Laurie […]

The Metrosexual is Undead

How many obit­u­ar­ies will the press write for the met­ro­sexual before they finally accept that he’s immor­tal? Or at least, undead? That every time they cut off his head and pro­nounce him ‘deceased’ they replace him with even more met­ro­sexu­al­ity? I was recently asked some ques­tions by Maria Paz Lopez for the Spanish national news­pa­per La […]

Henry Finally Throws in the Towel

Much-loved British heavy­weight boxer Henry Cooper died this week. Unborn in 1963, the year he nearly defeated Cassius Clay (the Brits love near-winners much more than win­ners), I remem­ber him for the curi­ous Brut TV com­mer­cials he did in the 1970s that helped usher in the world of male product aisles in super­mar­kets and spornographic […]

Retrosexuality isn’t what it used to be

My atten­tion was recently drawn by a con­cerned mem­ber of the brows­ing pub­lic to a piece on Salon.com, ‘Retrosexuals: The latest lame macho catch­phrase’ by Aaron Traister, enter­tain­ingly lam­bast­ing the ‘new’ ret­ro­sexual trend: I woke up this morn­ing to dis­cover my local paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, ped­dling a story about America’s new favor­ite model of […]

Republican Great White Hope Scott Brown’s Pink Leather Past

A pro­file on the truck driv­ing Republican Presidential hope­ful from Boston Scott Brown in Vanity Fair caused a few chuckles last week with his wife’s cheeky rev­el­a­tion about the pink leather shorts he wore to his first date with her in the 1980s.  Here’s the money shot: “The pink­ish color drained from [Brown’s] face when I […]

Damn Right Your Dad Swallowed

You may remem­ber I couldn’t res­ist pok­ing fun a while back at Canadian Club’s ‘Your Dad Wasn’t A Metrosexual’ poster, the one with with the tag line ‘Damn Right Your Dad Drank It’.  It turns out there were sev­eral instal­ments in that faux retro cam­paign, includ­ing ‘Your Dad Never Tweezed Anything’, the very appet­ising ‘Your […]

Your Dad Wasn’t a Metrosexual: But His Best Buddy Was

Mmmmm. Retrosexual mas­culin­ity. Served in a rocks glass. Effortless. Unselfconscious. Dated. It tastes just like your… dad. Unlike you, of course. You mois­tur­ize. Go to the gym. Watch what you eat. Fret about whether you’re worthy of love. Worry about what mas­culin­ity actu­ally means. And taste of tea-tree oil and lav­ender. If only we could […]

The Sun newspaper: Retro or Metro?

So, Cilla, which of our lovely lads is the pub­lic going to plump for? Will it be ‘Dave’ the ret­ro­sexual PE teacher from Liverpool with a pint, who only uses after­shave his mum bought him for Christmas ‘on spe­cial occa­sions’ (but seems to be rather fond of hair product)? Or will it be ‘Joe’ the metrosexual […]

Waxing Desmond Morris

By Mark Simpson (Independent on Sunday, 21 Jan 2008) Every child wants to be a zoo­keeper when they grow up. To run a place where everything is in its place, and has noth­ing to do but eat, shit and breed — to your timetable. Maybe it’s a yen for revenge on the par­ents who brought them […]