Metro — as in metrosexual. According to Dictionary.com metrosexual, or metro, describes “a heterosexual male who has a strong aesthetic sense and inordinate interest in appearance and style, similar to that of homosexual males.”
UrbanDictionary.com includes the following description: “Mint (great) guys who are SNAGs (Sensitive New Age Guys) and follow the following rules:
- dress hot
- wear awesome shoes
- have very modern haircut
- disgusted with the thought of being with another man
- have perfect skin and love skin products
- love the gym
- own nothing but designer everything
- read style magazines often e.g, GQ
- know how to make only the best cocktails and if they drink beer it’s top-of-the-line imported
- can’t deal with a mess”
I spent some time recently with a 35-year-old metro friend. He described his advising a 50-something single male pal to get a manicure to fix his ripped up and dirty fingernails. “Women like men who take care of themselves,” he advised his pal. “Get a pedicure while you’re at it.”
Most men I’ve been with have never had either, nor put anything in their hair but water, or, if old enough, Brylcreem (a little dab’ll do ya!”). Some have learned the value of hair gel or mousse. And a few have fully embraced the metro lifestyle, using various body and hair lotions and cremes. My metro pal showed me the myriad hair products he uses. And he is a babe magnet — cute, intelligent, dresses well, and treats women right. But he’s still single, although has been dating his current flame for 8 months.
Are you drawn to metro men? Or do you like the more rugged kind? Although a man can be rugged and still know the value of soft hair and/or skin, even though these seem at odds. What would you think of a man who fits the UrbanDictionary definition? Is there a line that is too far for you? Some men are wearing facial foundation to even out their skin tones, other midlife men are dying their hair, some use “man purses.” What is acceptable to you and what isn’t?