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What is a metrosexual

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. Metrosexual is a blend of metropolitan and sexual, coined in by Mark Simpson in the British Independent.

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Subscriber active since. But now a new, more extreme, sex- and body-obsessed version has emerged, he explains.

In a development which will probably have him running to the mirror yet again to search anxiously for lines, this year the metrosexual leaves his teens and turns How quickly your children grow up. QUIZ: Are you a spornosexual? In a recent reportHSBC drooled all over his "Yummy"-ness, pointing out how mainstream metrosexuality has become.

This was of course old news to anyone with eyes to see the extremely image-conscious and product-consuming men around them — or in bed with them.

Or indeed anyone who saw the news last year that men in the UK now spend more on shoes than women. From the perspective of today's fragranced, buffed, ripped, groomed, selfie-adoring world, it's hard to believe that the metrosexual had to struggle to be heard in the early s. Most people were in "New-Lad" denial back then about what was happening to men and why they were taking so long in the bathroom.

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Just as male homosexuality was still stigmatised and partly criminalised back then, the male desire to be desired — the self-regarding heart of metrosexuality — was scorned by many. Narcissism was seen as being essentially feminine, or Wildean — and look what happened to him.

The trials of Oscar Wilde, the last dandy, at the end of the 19th Century helped stamp a Victorian morality over much of the 20th century.

Male vanity was at best womanish — at worst, perverted. The end of the 20th century, the abolition of the last laws discriminating against male homosexuality, and arrival of the preening dominance of celebrity culture with its Darwinian struggle to be noticed in a visual, "branded" world finally blew away the remnants of Victorianism.

To illustrate this, I only have to say two words: David Beckham, the working-class England footballer who became more globally famous for his attention-seeking haircuts, unabashed prettiness and rampant desire to be desired than for his footballing skills.

Once the sari-wearing midfielder was outed in by me again, sorry as the ultimate metrosexual, everyone suddenly "got it". All that Nineties denial turned into incessant Noughties chatter about metrosexuals and "male grooming".

But still people failed to understand what was really going on with men. In fact, the momentous nature of the masculine revolution that metrosexuality represents has been largely obscured by much of the superficial coverage it got. Metrosexuality is, in a paradox that Wilde would have relished, not skin deep.

To themselves. Just as women have been encouraged to do for some time.

So much so that it can be too much for the older generation of metrosexuals. Eagerly self-objectifying, second generation metrosexuality is totally tarty.

Their own bodies more than clobber and product have become the ultimate accessories, fashioning them at the gym into a hot commodity — one that they share and compare in an online marketplace. This new wave puts the "sexual" into metrosexuality. In fact, a new term is needed to describe them, these pumped-up offspring of those Ronaldo and Beckham lunch-boxwhere sport got into bed with porn while Mr Armani took pictures.

Think Towie's Dan Osborne in a pair of glittery Speedos and then have a lie down. Glossy magazines cultivated early metrosexuality.

Celebrity culture then sent it into orbit. They want to be wanted for their bodies, not their wardrobe.

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