August 24, 2005, - 3:52 pm

Are Men the New Women?

By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier I wrote about women wanting to call football games–trying to be like men. But today, there are also two news items about men trying to be more like women:
* USA Today has a piece on men and waxing. Eeeuw.
Key Quote of the article: “Waxing makes up 35% to 40% of the business at Joq Day Spa for Men in Atlanta. ‘Men are just becoming a lot more conscious of what their body looks like,’ spa director Christopher Keever says.”
First of all, there shouldn’t be a “day spa” for men. Second, anything called the “Joq Day Spa for Men” is only for men whose favorite song is by “The Weathergirls.” FYI, “jock” is spelled J-O-C-K, not with a Q. Anyplace that uses a Q, well, again, “The Weathergirls.”
* The Detroit Free Press Business Page features this front-pager: “Generation Y Spending Trends: Manicured Men.”
The print version of this article has a giant photo of someone named Guido Amato getting a facial. No-one named Guido Amato should be getting a facial. Incidentally, the “men’s salon” (isn’t “men’s salon” an oxymoron?) where he gets his facials is called “Wise Guys.” Amato admits he’s been called a metrosexual. “When I hear that word, I just think, ‘a guy that likes to take care of himself.'” No, Guido, that’s NOT what it means.
Highlights, waxed brows, manicure, pedicure. These are the many women’s products guys like Guido are now using. Sad.
It’s not like there’s a fine line between brute and metrosexual. There isn’t. These emasculating grooming habits are definitely a turn-off. Unless you live in South Beach.

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5 Responses

The more I read your stuff, the more I like you. A woman after my heart.
I found this defninition of “metrosexual” online:
A young man who is seen, sociologically, as having attributes common to homosexuals, but is in fact heterosexual.
Someone oughta tell Joq =o)

Uncle Tim on August 24, 2005 at 5:33 pm

Time out!! I can actually see the need for “waxing” or “shaving” for some guys out there. Would any woman really want to date, marry, or sleep with a guy that is only 1 crucial gene away from being a full-blown primate that walks around with a hair shirt on?! I’d be interested to find any woman that really likes hairy men (and I mean de-evo-like hairy men) and have her tell me what the turn on is. I’m just thankful that I am not one of these hairy men that has to turn to a day spa to achieve a more human-like appearance.

Yiddish Steel on August 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

Ho(cough)mo, fa(cough)ggot. Use a razor

KOAJaps on August 29, 2005 at 11:43 pm

    What’s wrong? The feel of hot wax on your skin make you fear dicks?

    1) Use punctuation.
    2) Who coughs in the middle of words? Is that … like… supposed to be clever?
    3) Stay classy, bro.

    Inque on December 20, 2009 at 12:38 am

Everyone’s standards of beauty are not the same as yours, lovey.

Inque on December 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

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