How Metrosexual Is Too Metrosexual?
Almost all guys like to look good and maintain their personal appearance – but how much is too much? We're all familiar with the term metrosexual, and the basic definition is a man who is extremely in touch with his feminine side to a point where he relates to women so closely that he can now legitimately view things from a female and male perspective.
Remaining decidedly heterosexual, he may display seeming homosexual tendencies because he is overtly clean, in shape and conscious of fashion.
Coined in 1994, the term metrosexual is best exemplified by celebrities like David Beckham, Ryan Seacrest and Lenny Kravitz. Before these men came on the scene, men were of the macho type – they liked football and beers, guns, meat and potatoes. They didn't shop because shopping was for girls – if they had to venture into a store it was always with a detailed shopping list.
Men nowadays actually spend time on money on their appearance – now you may ask what's wrong with spending time and money on yourself? Well, nothing really. But where do you we draw the line? What do women find acceptable and unacceptable? How metro is too metro?
He has a Man-Purse
A man purse, or a murse is exactly what it sounds like – a purse for a man. I don't mean a briefcase, a backpack or a messenger bag: a murse is a man's handbag where he keeps his wallet, laptop, necessary files and paper. Inside, you'll also find his lipstick, tampons and self-amputated balls.
He Shaves/Waxes Everything
There is absolutely nothing wrong with a little manscaping – in fact, we ladies welcome it! And by that we mean it's okay to trim and/or shave certain areas of your body such as your crotch, underarms, back and nipple hairs. Where we do draw the line is at waxing. Unless you are a professional swimmer, there is absolutely no need for your body to be smoother than a woman's.
He gets mani/pedis weekly – with polish
Between exercise, work and every day wear and tear your hands and feet can start to look pretty rugged. While we encourage men to try out manicures and pedicures regularly, we draw the line at nail polish of any color. Don't even think about trying out the natural looking French tip, Princess. It's the same deal as waxing: a man's skin is no longer masculine if it is smoother than a woman's, so a man's hands aren't too manly if they have the nail quality of a woman.
He has more beauty products than you
It's pretty rare nowadays for a man not to have a couple of products lining his bathroom mirror, even if he's not entirely sure what purpose each one serves.
However, if your man's morning routine is more about beautification than grooming, it might be time to walk out the door. If you open up his bathroom cabinet and it contains more facial masks, hydrating serum, anti-wrinkle eye cream, exfoliating gloves and toners than the inside of a Sephora, I think it might be time to peace out.
He has a hair straightener
Hair straightening for men is absolutely inexcusable, utterly vain and it diminishes all masculinity. If I walked in on my man with a pair of tongs, I would turn around and walk right out again. Forever.
He Wears Makeup
Really? Make-up? Unless he's a member of Kiss, don't even go there. If your man is adept at applying eyeliner, and knows his perfect shade in bronzer, foundation and blush – he might be veering on the too metro side. Plus, this can reveal that he is too self-involved and really – shouldn't everything in the relationship revolve around YOU?
Of course, we like our men to smell nice, and there is a standard of grooming that most of us expect to be met, but accordingly to human nature, women are supposed to be the fairer sex. Men are supposed to demonstrate their manliness through their ability to fight for our honor and rescue us from danger. HOW is he going to do that when he's mesmerized by his own reflection?
Is it too much to ask to be the pretty one in the relationship?
@_Trophy_Wife | Elite.
Subscribe to Elite Daily's official newsletter, The Edge, for more stories you don't want to miss.