September 21, 2009, - 5:20 pm

Men–The New Women–Alert: “Guybrows”

By Debbie Schlussel

For guys, it’s one thing to fix the unibrow problem.  It’s entirely another when men get their eyebrows sculpted a la RuPaul or even the late Lucille Ball.  Sadly, the trend is toward the latter in this age of feminized men and masculine women.

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Real Men Don’t Do Chick Brows (A La B. J. Mullens)

I’ve noted the trend before, and not just earlier this year when I posted photos of brow-primper and college hoops player,  B. J. Mullens.  The guybrow trend is very common in places like Dearbornistan, where a plethora of cheesy Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah supporters often dress like they’re stuck in disco days and overdo it on the feminine brow-sculpting look.  (Some of their eyebrows literally look like lopsided question marks or Islamic crescents.)  And I noticed it in 2006, when Sylvester Stallone came to Detroit to promote “Rocky Balboa” (and I took a photo with him).  He still looks masculine, but the dude’s got the brows of a cross-dresser.

Now, the “guybrows” trend is getting worse, with some men spending more time on the hair directly above their peepers than many women do.  Predictably, it’s taking off in Britain, where the men are mostly effeminate and/or gay, anyway.  And the only “men” left are, sadly, extremist Muslims (redundant phrase).

British men are becoming increasingly interested in having their eyebrows professionally groomed, according to Debenhams department store which plans to hold men-only “guybrow” nights.

Men, it said, now make up 40 percent of the visitors to its brow bars, double the proportion of a year ago. . . .

Debenhams said its consumer research showed many men initially came for threading [DS: a brow hair removal method] either in a bid to look good for a job interview, or at the behest of their fiancees as part of the wedding preparations.

Most later return for regular appointments, it added.

“As with self-tanning and facials, the taboo around eyebrow shaping is quickly disappearing,” said Sara Stern, Director of Cosmetic Merchandising at Debenhams.

She added in a statement: “Men are recognizing the power of a groomed brow to frame the face and create a sexy James Bond-style arch when raised.

Please.  There’s nothing sexy about a man who looks like a chick . . . unless he’s trying to attract Perez Hilton and the ghost of Liberace.

Taboos and judgmentalism are under-rated.  Vastly under-rated.

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30 Responses

It makes my skin crawl. Super creepy!

goldenmike4393 on September 21, 2009 at 5:51 pm

There’s nothing wrong with a guy taking taking care of his appearance but having body hair plucked and excessive use of moisturizers is taking things just too far. There is a fine line between looking good and looking effete.

NormanF on September 21, 2009 at 6:14 pm

Brandon, a conservative has to note disturbing cultural trends. And unlike most men, I do wear a beard. I just think the clean shaven look of the past century denies male nature. There is a reason cutting the “corners of your beard” is prohibited in the Torah.

NormanF on September 21, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Don’t you “get it”?

We are loosing masculine men.

This feminization must stop. Or, maybe you’re a he-she, too.

goldenmike4393 on September 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

The article went on to say:

“The over-plucked feminine look favored by Sylvester Stallone however is a serious no-no. A quick tidy-up in the style of Jude Law is all that’s needed.”

You are being a bit disingenuous by not putting that in, especially since you included almost the complete story.

On the other hand, that was a good picture of you with Stallone.

BWR on September 21, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Any guy that would go for this girly nonsense probably wasn’t exactly brimming with testosterone to begin with.

tempus fugit on September 21, 2009 at 6:45 pm

I thought that BJ dude was a WNBA chick at first glance. Weird.

DS_ROCKS! on September 21, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Does a “disturbing cultural trend” include powdered wigs?? Yeah, those early men where such girly-gay-effeminates. I wonder who the tripe writing Schlussel was in those times?!

Judging someone just solely based on their looks and how they prefer to take care of themselves is just a display of shallow, knee-jerk judgementalism. It’s something I usually see from the Left but obviously I’ve been proven wrong.

brandon on September 21, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Good riddance Brandon….

BIG IRISH on September 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Was George Washington or any of our founding fathers effeminate. Some of the men used to wear wigs. I think they were very masculine.

adam on September 21, 2009 at 9:48 pm

thanks for the goodbye Big Irish. I’m sure Schlussel might tag you with the gay-effeminate label. sure seems like a girly-man thing to say if you ask me.

As far as beards being some great sign of masculinity. Bin Laden anyone? Coward-dog sits in a cave and kills those who don’t believe his trashy ideology. So by your arguement, he is a man because of his beard alone?

brandon on September 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

“Does a “disturbing cultural trend” include powdered wigs??”

Yeah well, didn’t all that come from Britain: “where the men are mostly effeminate and/or gay”

Come to think of it, might be a good reason why the Founding Fathers got the the hell out of there , to begin with…..

theShadow on September 21, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Predictably, it’s taking off in Britain, where the men are mostly effeminate and/or gay, anyway.

ugh

I’m gay, you’re not. I’m going to guess that I hang out with more gay men than you do.

All of my gay friends don’t shave or trim any hair below their necks.

Above their necks they cut the hair on the top of their head and shave their faces (I, like many gay men I know, keep a beard).

Now going to straight men…I have seen A LOT who trim almost all their leg hair off, who wax eyebrows, etc.

Drop the ugly “gay” stuff, Debbie, you always negatively reference to…especially when it isn’t true.

Brad on September 21, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Oh Debbie,
Manhattan is so filled with these “metro sexual” effeminate men. And I see that they have all these females hanging around them. Not sure for their looks or theor money or for both.
I am clean shaven, crew cut, boots and jeans (not the tight fit) kinda guy and one day my sister (who works for one of the Wall Street firms) asked me why I don’t wear the tight jeans or shape my wild eyebrows. I guessed she got that disease too.

Now I know why the white race is dying. The men are being loaded with androgen instead of testosterone while the women are loading themselves with testosterone. Both of which are not gonna help in baby production.

Rex on September 22, 2009 at 2:08 am

Thie brought back a funny family memory. My mother’s brother was a good looking and MANLY Italian Jewish guy. Very dark and North African looking. He was a public figure. He was born with absolutely perfect, I mean PERFECT, eyebrows. Women would have killed for them. LOL. Back in the 50′s and 60′s he was being suspected of plucking and the more he denied it the worst it got. But he lived with us for a time and I KNOW he never raised a tweezer to his brow. Uncle was every inch a man and loved the Constitution. Alleged perpetrators quivered if they knew they were going to stand before him for arraignment.
Goes to show, people who are blessed with looks or brains or both and adequate amounts of the appropriate hormones are always going to be put down by the less secure.

MK750 on September 22, 2009 at 3:55 am

Hey Debbie,

Definitely, I like your style!!
Sounds a bit like a Jewish version of Ann Coulter – with several improvements LOL!! (I’m sorry if the comparison doesn’t seem so good to you, I only mean Ann’s positive features…)
I’ve bookmarked your site.
I’ll be reading your articles daily.

Hatzlacha uVracha!!
R.H.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

R.H. on September 22, 2009 at 7:49 am

Had to laugh. I’ve gone back and forth with a jerk at work that loves to roast people but his own eye brows are a giant target. He’s weird to the point of absent minded pulling on them when day dreaming. I’ve resorted to calling him by the fat crossing female impersonator, “Devine”,lol.

I had to watch an old barber trim another old guys brows when I was 19 because, hey a hetero has to do something to guard against the unibrow.

I’ve seen muzzies with the gay look as well, so they’re not immune from ridicule.
After being stationed in England, I still respect our bros across the pond. Master piece theater is just a fraction of the dudes that enjoy a good game of football(no pads or helmets, steroids). The absence of guns also allows for a more fist fighting mentality over there as well because the thugs couldn’t just bust a cap. They invented boxing, Cornish wrestling, Glasgow kiss. Yeah Scottland is supposed to be different but it’s not, really.

Joe on September 22, 2009 at 10:13 am

Between this and Obama’s throwing arm…..way too much estrogen leaking into the water supply.

jlp on September 22, 2009 at 11:07 am

Poor Brandon, I miss her, uh…his?…shim’s, limp wristed replies already.

Brandon, “Judging someone just solely based on their looks and how they prefer to take care of themselves is just a display of shallow, knee-jerk judgementalism.”

Get real, Brandon. We all judge people based on how they present themselves…and you do, too.

It definitely says something about a person, it’s part of being human and having a brain.

I was going to post some examples, but it’s such a silly argument it’s like arguing fire is not hot.

Go away, Nancy boy.

Jeff_W on September 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

For all of you criticizing Debbie about this, can’t you see how funny this is? Men trying to look like women is friggin hilarious. But it also shows how too many lefty limp-wristed panty-waists are trying to wussify men. They don’t like strong men being in control. It is this PC “everybody is equal” nonsense that is subverting our culture and destroying our nuclear families where men should take command and lead their families.

BTW, you probably know that humans are among the only species that inhabit the earth where it is the women who preen and make themselves up to attract the opposite sex. Most other species this role is reversed.

Jarhead on September 22, 2009 at 11:46 am

Rex, Androgen IS a male sex hormone.

BWR on September 22, 2009 at 11:55 am

“Predictably, it’s taking off in Britain…”

Maybe British men are working on their eyebrows to divert attention from those fabulous British teeth. I’m thinking of “The Book of British Smiles”, as shown on the Simpsons.

On a similar note, I watched something uber funny yesterday while I was buying beer at the drugstore. The guy in line in front of me had these large hoops in his earlobes. The kind that stretch and disfigure the earlobes, like I’ve seen on some traditional African men in National Geographic. When junior got to the register the cashier, a big grandmotherly type who doesn’t take any gruff, congratulated him for being a husband in training. She went on to explain how women love to attach a leash to the sort of rings he’d embedded in his ears. She went on to explain that the only thing women prefer is when men actually put a ring in their nose for attaching a leash. The kid was totally offended and walked out with the biggest “Whatever!” expression you could imagine. When I got to her register I told her, “I can’t tell you how much I admire you for that, that was precious.”

Richard on September 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm

It’s getting worse! Two years after your post, there are more and more men plucking and tweezing their eyebrows, and now they’re getting Botox between the brows which causes the brows to spread apart and arch at the ends. It’s horrible! I mourn the increasing loss of men, they’re being replaced with ladyboys. I’m so happy I have a very masculine husband who looks and sounds and acts like a man. I’m going to treasure him all the more knowing that he’s a dying breed.

Tara on February 22, 2012 at 9:41 am

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