Well groomed, straight men no longer called gay

Dennis Lopez
February 7, 2007
Filed under Opinion

The definition of a metrosexual, according to wordspy.com, “is an urban male with a strong aesthetic sense who spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.”

Now, let me break this down for you.

“Metro” meaning city indicates a lifestyle based around a metropolis. The sexual part derives from “homosexual,” which means this man comes off as the stereotypical gay man, not necessarily having to be gay.

Metrosexuals can usually be found in shopping malls or gyms and are often confused for a homosexual man. The term, metrosexual, was coined by Mark Simpson in 1994.

“Retrosexual,” also known as the anti-metro, “is a man with an undeveloped aesthetic sense who spends as little time and money as possible on his appearance and lifestyle,” according to wordspy.com.

Thanks to the various media outlets, such as Salon.com, this term has picked up. This could open the door for many other politically correct terms.

Will people actually start picking up these terms and applying them to everyday life?

People are quick to call someone gay based on a stereotype. “He seems gay, so he must be” is what people say when they see a possible metro. Metros face stereotypes like many others. People are so quick to judge based on appearance. I’m sure someone of Asian descent has heard someone say, “She looks Chinese so she must be.”

Metros are commonly misconstrued for homosexuals. Just because they share similarities with homosexuals, doesn’t mean their sexual preference is for the same sex.

The typical metro is a man with enough money to support his expensive habits of shopping and grooming. Looking at his reflection is a daily habit for he has taken himself as his own sexual preference.

I think this term is a relief to straight guys who have been called gay and have either been humiliated or had girl problems due to their metrosexuality.

I knew guys in high school that people thought to be gay, when in fact they weren’t. This happens a lot among friends. When a man shows his feminine side, he gets ridiculed. Hopefully, this term will replace name calling words like “faggot” or “queer.”

What might just be a new word to call your narcissistic heterosexual friend may save him a lot of grief in the long run. Not everyone is made of stone.

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