August 29, 2006, - 2:21 pm

Men “The New Women” Alert: Guyliner & Man Blouses?

By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another sign that our society is pushing men to be the new women. Welcome to the “man glossary.”
The St. Petersburg Times has a distressing piece that details the “new” feminine male vocabulary.
New words, detailed in the article, include these from the Urban Dictionary (proof that in many cases country and middle American settings are far superior to urban ones):
* “guyliner“–eyeliner worn by “men.” FYI, if you wear eyeliner (or “guyliner”), you aren’t a guy.
* “man blouse,” defined as “shirt with a pattern or style that gives it a feminine quality. Again, if you wear it, you ain’t a guy.

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* “mansitive,” which is used to describe a man who is extremely sensitive. Uh, there’s already a word for that. It’s “girlie-man.”
If you must use any of these words, if any of them describe you, YOU ARE NOT A MAN.
The St. Pete Times deludedly claims otherwise:

“The man part of these words is designed to reassure men that they won’t lose their largely extraneous bits when they do things that women have traditionally done in the past,” said Mark Simpson, the British journalist who coined the term metrosexual. “Castration anxiety is at the root of much of this.”

Nice try. But, again, anyone wearing a man-blouse and/or guyliner is neither man nor guy. A rose is a rose is a rose.

Socially, this is a confusing time. . . . As a recent series in the New York Times suggests, women are catching up with, and in some cases outpacing, men on college campuses and in corporate boardrooms.
Gender roles, once clearly defined, are more blurred than ever.
No longer perceived as the clearly dominant sex, men have
to assert their masculinity in other ways. Language is one way. . . .
“We’re all struggling with life in an age in which the ancient and traditional gender roles are reversed and commingled,” said Robin Lakoff , a linguistics professor at the University of California at Berkeley. “Language, as always, gives evidence of social concerns.”

Yes, it is a confusing time, and blurring gender roles is a big problem. But, it’s not going to be helped one iota by new words and guyliner and man-blouses. Nor will it be helped by NFL linemen getting pedicures and manicures, and regular visits to spas:

Jason Kimbler thought it strange when his friend, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Anthony McFarland, invited him to the Difference, which bills itself as Tampa’s first man spa.
“I am a boy from the South,” he said.
Since that first invitation, Kimbler, 29, has returned to the South Tampa spa twice. In some ways, he still finds the experience odd. Around his boys, he fudges answers to questions about his whereabouts, so as not to seem soft.
“I’m going to get my feet done or my hands done,” he tells them. He makes it clear: “I’m not going to get a pedicure and a manicure.”

Uh, that’s exactly what pedicures and manicures are, dude (or is that dud-ette?).
Even the guy who invented the word “metrosexual” thinks this is all a bad thing and that the words are cosmetic band-aids on a girlie-man problem of epidemic proportions:

“The insistence on the masculinity of handbags and eyeliner or child care does sound counterproductive. Like a kind of denial of the fact that in traditional terms, these things aren’t masculine at all.”

G-d–ho is still a “he”–help us. Like Paula Cole sang, “Where have all the cowboys gone?

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21 Responses

Since I started checking out your site, these are the kinds of posts that I dig the most. Trademark Schussel. Besides Ivory soap and Johnson & Johnson shampoo, there just isn’t that much more a guy needs.

Jeremiah on August 29, 2006 at 3:56 pm

“Trademark Schlussel”

Jeremiah on August 29, 2006 at 3:57 pm

I’m old fashioned: as a man, in the personal care department, I like to shower with soap and water and then shave and put on some after shave. I keep my nails trimmed to I’m not confused with the girls. My only accessory is my wallet. If I need to carry more stuff its either a briefcase or a rucksack for roughing it. But I won’t caught dead wearing eyeliner, makeup, carrying a purse or wearing a blouse. That’s NOT so me. I still know what it means to be a man in this society and if that’s changed, then I’m glad I’m not one of those guys who go out of their way to please women too much. Being a man means being allowed to be different and its by no means only an issue of gender identity and relationship boundaries; in a free society like ours, its all about personal freedom. Women have every right to be equal but that doesn’t give them the wherewithal to change men to a woman’s fantasy of what men ought to be like.

NormanF on August 29, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Disturbing! And just plain wrong….on every level.
Castration anxiety? Bro, if you’re hangin out at joints like this, you shouldn’t have much to worry about, cause you have already lost ‘em.

FalconPilot on August 29, 2006 at 4:41 pm

Metrosexual
Pronunciation: “me-tr&-‘sek-sh(&-)w&l, -‘sek-sh&l
Function: noun
Etymology: 2metropolitan + -sexual (as in 2heterosexual)
: a usually urban heterosexual male given to enhancing his personal appearance by fastidious grooming, beauty treatments, and fashionable clothes, a fag wanna-be, an overly sensitized male (mansitive) who exhibits female characteristics, a frootcake, a male who repulses real women, males who wear guyliner and who wear man blouses and who commiserate with women over re-runs of “Sex in the City”.

Thee_Bruno on August 29, 2006 at 5:16 pm

It’s a joke.

KOAJaps on August 29, 2006 at 5:43 pm

Can you say gay? what happen to the days guys went to massage parlors?

PNAMARBLE on August 29, 2006 at 5:54 pm

I don’t really get how this is a confusing time for gender roles. True, women and men have gone into careers that used to be predominately male or female, for example, men staying home with their children or women being in the military but that doesn’t give people the exuse to become androgynous. Did I spell that correctly? Anyway, men need to be men. No makeup or manicures. If a woman finds girly men desirable then she is fooling herself a la Star Jones-Reynolds. Men can have feelings but no crying unless someone died and of course men still need basic grooming habits to be able to distinguish himself from apes but that should be the extent of it. How did we come to this place where it’s ok for men to act like little school girls and women have to behave like cavemen?

Minnie Mouse on August 29, 2006 at 6:01 pm

Right-on, Minnie Mouse. Right-on!

Thee_Bruno on August 29, 2006 at 7:51 pm

Hey! Why the crack about cities? The toughest, most macho men I know live in the city. And the term man-blouse exactly describes Hawaiian shirts. Real men do not wear Hawaiian man-blouses.

LoveAManInAUniform on August 29, 2006 at 8:04 pm

I use soap, shampoo, & water in the shower. A Norelco electric razor, and Hai Karate. That’s all the foofy attention I put on myself. Any guy that goes to a “Day Spa” is f*#&in’ gay! END OF STORY!

Yiddish Steel on August 29, 2006 at 11:07 pm

Debbie, you are hilarious! These guys must be destroyed from the hazing they receive from this. I dated a manicurist for two years, it seems counter-intuitive for her to push back my cuticle which provides a seal against bacteria and dirt, so I didn’t like it. Afterall, those fingers are going to operate.
Being a man is about taking responsibility for yourself and your family. So to the posters with poor hygiene, “How bout them Bears!”

code7 on August 30, 2006 at 11:18 am

So says Debbie, the 40+ year-old virgin. Nice to know you know so much about men, Deb.

titletown on August 30, 2006 at 2:40 pm

There are many manly men who where “blouses.” The uniform jacket worn by Soldiers, sailors and airmen is referred to as a blouse.

jerry on August 30, 2006 at 3:12 pm

No Jerry, in the Army it’s called BDU Top, Battle Dress Uniform, or now it’s DCU, Desert Camoflauge Uniform. There’s no blouse in there.

Minnie Mouse on August 30, 2006 at 6:12 pm

Minnie:
You are wrong. The BDU is not the only uniform used in the military. Service dress uniforms have blouses commonly know as a Jacket in civilian live. You do not go visit Captial Hill in BDUs

jerry on August 30, 2006 at 7:20 pm

Sorry Jerry, since I was Tactical and always in some shithole, I never got a chance to wear a “blouse” nor visit Capital Hill.

Minnie Mouse on August 30, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Well, I looked it up in 670-1 and there is only a blouse when referring to the female dress uniform. For men it’s a shirt.

Minnie Mouse on August 30, 2006 at 9:26 pm

I don’t see you people having a fit if a woman wears jeans or wants to work on a car or play a contact sport, so why don’t you all give it a rest and let everyone be and do what they want to do without you judging them.

You have no moral argument because gender(as opposed to sex)is not genetic or constant. You also have no practical argument because clothes in a modern society with A/C and heating are now more for self expression than for an actual purpose.

Joey123 on May 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

    What’s the world coming to??
    Next thing you know, women will get jobs, start wearing trousers and cut their hair short. Let’s keep each gender in their place, right?

    Lady, if you ain’t wearing a dress or a skirt while you write your articles, then methinks that you are a hypocrite!

    Macho man on April 20, 2011 at 1:19 am

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