Monday, 15 August 2011

Guest Post: The Intersection of Men, Metrosexuality and Disability

I'm pleased to present this abstract from Quiet Riot Girl, promoting her post on The Good Men Project, which you can view here.

'There has been much written by feminists on pressures on women caused by ideals of feminine ‘beauty’, as promoted by the media. Ever since Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth (1991) it has been accepted that we should be critical of how women’s Body Image is affected by representation. But less thought or attention has been given to men in this regard.

According to Mark Simpson, originator of the term and key theorist of ‘metrosexuality’, it’s not about flip-flops and facials, ‘man-bags’ or ‘manscara’. Or about men becoming ‘girlie’ or ‘gay’. Metrosexuality is about men becoming everything. To themselves. In much the way that women have been for some time’.

So if men are starting to enjoy being ‘objects of desire’ just like women, it is likely that they are also becoming subject to the pressures of the ‘body beautiful’, just like women. How do these pressures manifest themselves, particularly for disabled men?'

By Quiet Riot Girl

QRG's interview with Mark Simpson:

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Elly said...

Thanks for putting this up!

Here is Steve's Flickr photostream in case anyone is interested. They didn't link to it on the post:

Chris Ashford said...

Thanks Elly :-)

Elly said...

the link to Mark Simpson's blog doesn't work. Please could you put it back in the text? Sorry to be a pain! Thanks!

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