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What does metrosexual mean?
A metrosexual is a heterosexual man who prides himself on his fashion and appearance. He also shops frequently for items that help him keep himself looking on point.
Where does metrosexual come from?
Metrosexual is a blend of metropolitan and sexual, coined in 1994 by Mark Simpson in the British Independent. Simpson used the term to describe a trend he was noticing among men living in cities (i.e., the metro). He saw these men as vain, narcissistic, and obsessed with shopping and going to the gym. Simpson described them as neither straight or gay (with an appreciation for personal grooming as a gay stereotype here)—they were metrosexual.
Simpson himself was ahead of the trend. Metrosexuals would not spread into the cultural mainstream until the early 2000s, with the TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy helping popularize (a more positive) awareness and interest in fashion and upscale urban lifestyles among straight men—again, things stereotypically associated with gay men. A 2003 episode of South Park parodied the trend of metrosexuality as well.
How is metrosexual used in real life?
Calling a man metrosexual is a layered insult. First, it mocks those who take an interest in everything from designer jeans to skincare products as both self-absorbed and effeminate. Second, it reinforces negative stereotypes about gay men and promotes toxic masculinity.
The new Bruno Mars song makes me proud to be a metrosexual
— God (@pradogod) July 28, 2017
However, as gay culture has become more prominent in the mainstream and as understanding of masculinity has evolved, metrosexual can now also be seen as desirable—it’s attractive and modern for a man to take care of how he looks and lives.
More examples of metrosexual:
“Although the term felt overused as soon as you heard it, metrosexual was an unavoidable feature of the early-aughts cultural landscape. Looking back 15 years later, it’s hard to know what to make of it.”
—Alex Williams, The New York Times, June 2018
Example sentences from the Web for metrosexual
If any of this flim-flam is true, the lumbersexual already sounds way more annoying than the metrosexual.How Straight World Stole ‘Gay’: The Last Gasp of the ‘Lumbersexual’|Tim Teeman|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Spurlock, it appears, has suddenly discovered the metrosexual—albeit a few years late.In ‘Mansome,’ Morgan Spurlock Takes On Modern Masculinity|Jessica Bennett|April 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"Retrosexual" has replaced "metrosexual" to describe a breed of über-masculine fashionistos (clad in $300 flannel shirts).
The metrosexual, along with his tell-tale five o clock trunk shadow, was born.