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Snuckles
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posted 24 April 2004 07:14 AM      Profile for Snuckles   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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. . .Consider the rough and tumble look of bad boy actor Billy Bob Thornton. Check out the comedy shock stunt troupe Jackass or bands like Nerd, (aka. the Neptunes) or singer Neil Young.

. . .Fashion experts suggest the trend may be a backlash against the buttoned-down preppy chic that's overwhelming international runways. As well, people are making fun of and ultimately turning away from the superficial perfection of Martha Stewart.

What's more, perfectly groomed men in powersuits have come to represent corporate shenanigans and make us suspicious.


Read it here.


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Debra
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posted 24 April 2004 07:54 AM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
WOW grunge. Ya that's new.

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There is something inherently honest about a man with dirt under his fingernails.

Ya he honestly needs a freakin bath.

I will admit I like a man who looks like he could do an "honest days work", but the same applies to women.

I don't think not attending to cleanliness is a fashion statement. More of a keep away statement which I'd be happy to oblige.


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Hephaestion
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posted 24 April 2004 08:06 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Metrosexual"

I loathe the term. It sounds sooooooo stupid! I laffed, but agreed with the sentiment, when I heard Kyan from QEFTSG say on Jay Leno:

"Eeeeewww! I can't stand that so-called word. It sounds like somebody having sex on the BUS!"

Incidentally, I also loathe Jay Leno, but since I don't have cable or a dish, I have to seize my opportunities to see the QEFTSG lads when I can. And while I find the show to be blatantly stereotypical, I do enjoy the lads' occasional wittiness, so yeah, I watch them when I can.

My guilty secret!


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aRoused
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posted 24 April 2004 09:19 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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WOW grunge. Ya that's new.

But the kids right now are dressing like we did in the '80s. So the '90s, with grunge, are next in line to be revived.

Problem is, these revival trends are coming and going faster than the original ones, so they're eventually going to run out of rope.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 24 April 2004 11:55 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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But the kids right now are dressing like we did in the '80s.

T-shirts and plaid flannel up top and green drill work trousers or denim on the bottom?


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aRoused
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posted 24 April 2004 01:43 PM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That's what I wore in about 1992-1996, and every summer since then (fieldwork). I was thinking more along the lines of 'vacuum up all the kids in those Brat Pack movies, or indeed my high school, circa 1987-8, and plunk them down today and they'd fit right in' (sartorially).
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Hinterland
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posted 24 April 2004 01:53 PM      Profile for Hinterland        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wore painter-pants and Addidas t-shirts from 1976 until 1983. Then I went to school in Germany and found out I was a slob with no fashion sense whatsoever. Then I wore brogues and jeans (ironed) and sports-coats with t-shirts or mock-turtle necks from 1984 until 1992. Then I moved to the third world, wore shorts and t-shirts and flip-flops until 2002. Now, I don't care. I think I look natty if I find myself wearing my underwear UNDER my pants these days.
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Puetski Murder
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posted 24 April 2004 05:22 PM      Profile for Puetski Murder     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If you care about trendy labels, even to imitate the Park Boys look, you are a "metro".

I don't care for the whole Metrosexual thing because it implies that cooking and decor related activities are un-manly. I would love it if a man knew more than I did about the culinary or interior design arts, but I simply can't expect a 20-something straight male rival in what amounts to encyclopaedic knowledge. Maybe in later generations it won't be as taboo.

I'm re-lashing the backlash. To me a metrosexual doesn't exist. That type is simply a way desirable guy.


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praenomen3
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posted 27 April 2004 08:27 AM      Profile for praenomen3        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Like so many of these trend watchers, whoever coined the 'metrosexual'thing was just rebranding something old and passing it off as some cunning new insight. Words like dandy, dude, or fop all describe pretty much the same thing.

[ 27 April 2004: Message edited by: praenomen3 ]


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Michelle
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posted 27 April 2004 11:40 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I don't care for the whole Metrosexual thing because it implies that cooking and decor related activities are un-manly.

Huh? Then I have a mistaken impression of "metrosexual" then - I always thought that guys who are metrosexuals were supposed to be ones who know lots about interior design (because their lofts have to be JUST SO, don't you know) and that they are gourmets and gourmands. In fact, I thought home decor and being able to entertain friends stylishly was supposed to be the hallmark of the metrosexual.

[ 27 April 2004: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Mandos
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posted 27 April 2004 11:43 AM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think you missed the point. "Metrosexual" is supposed to describe "effeminate straight men", I think, under the presumption that "entertaining friends stylishly" was heretofore unmanly.
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Performance Anxiety
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posted 27 April 2004 12:14 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
metrosexual is nothing more than a massive marketing campaign to try and get men to spend loot on things traditionally associated with women - sexy undies, manicures, hair styling, facials, etc. The only positive effect of this campaign in my mind is that it breaks down gender barriers more, meaning that it will be more acceptable for men to play up the effeminate.
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Michelle
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posted 27 April 2004 12:22 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I wholeheartedly agree with you, PA.
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Performance Anxiety
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posted 27 April 2004 12:25 PM      Profile for Performance Anxiety        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm just glad I can wear a g-string now that sticks out of my low cut jeans without people lookin' funny at me...
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lagatta
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posted 27 April 2004 12:26 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree that metrosexual is a marketing campaign, but it also comes out of a very positive trend of some young straight men borrowing from gay culture instead of putting down everything "gay", and by extension, militantly refusing "culture", "cuisine" and all the little things that make human life worthwhile .
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 27 April 2004 12:35 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I tend to view heterosexual men appropriating the gay lifestyle or fashion the same way I view caucasians pretending they're Original Gangsta "rappers". In other words a "metrosexual" is in the same category as Vanilla Ice. A poseur.

South Park did, far and away, the best lambasting of this fad.

"We're here!
We're not queer!
But we're close!
Get used to it!"

[ 27 April 2004: Message edited by: Mr. Magoo ]


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Scout
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posted 27 April 2004 12:53 PM      Profile for Scout     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Will this backlash make these hats go away?

Von Dutch


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Michelle
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posted 27 April 2004 12:57 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hmm. You have a good point there, Scout.
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By the time mainstream journalists start talking about a so-called trend, it's already over or it never really happened. I present this quote as exhibit A:
quote:
Consider the rough and tumble look of bad boy actor Billy Bob Thornton. Check out the comedy shock stunt troupe Jackass or bands like Nerd, (aka. the Neptunes) or singer Neil Young.
Billy Bob Thornton, Jackass and Neil Young? How cutting edge.
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But the look is nothing new.

That's the most honest sentence in the whole piece.

[ 27 April 2004: Message edited by: Andy Social ]


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Puetski Murder
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posted 27 April 2004 03:14 PM      Profile for Puetski Murder     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ebay has been flooded with VonDutch 'gently used' trucker hats, which is a sure sign that it is quite over.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 27 April 2004 03:35 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A whole fad came and went before I so much as heard of it? That's not good.
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paxamillion
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posted 27 April 2004 03:52 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Magoo, I came very close to entirely missing disco.
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Mr. Magoo
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posted 27 April 2004 04:05 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So you're saying it could be a good thing, like sleeping through a storm?
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paxamillion
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posted 27 April 2004 04:07 PM      Profile for paxamillion   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Exactly! Or an Adam Sandler movie.
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Puetski Murder
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posted 27 April 2004 07:04 PM      Profile for Puetski Murder     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
To its (dis)credit, the trucker hat thing tried to stay around for longer than its expiration date. After the initial mass production, it became uncool to wear the hat securely on your head. You were supposed to wear it half off your head, so it looked like you had really puffy hair or you were a Conehead. Then that became uncool, and you had to wear it half off your head and tilted to the side. No backwards cap though, as I'm figuring that is terminally uncool for this Spring season.

I dodged that whole trend bullet, since I am not a hat person. However, I did take note of the variations of wearing it. I will be very thankful when it dies. Trucker hats remind me of a skeezy 20-something neighbour who used to tell my parents he couldn't wait till I grew up. This happened in the 80s, so I can't tell if the hats were making an 80s comeback or it was an irony trend.

Either way, good riddance!


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