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(NSFW maybe) Who on Fluther is a "retrosexual?

Asked by ETpro (34247 points ) July 1st, 2010

This one is probably tame by the NSFW standards, but I included the warning just in case. It is, after all, in the Social section; so I have no idea what sort of risque answers it may provoke, or what sort of linked images answers may include. The spicier and more risque the better, of course!

Respectfully, a retrosexual male.

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kevbo's avatar

I read AoM, and I think it’s a good blog for preserving some basic stuff about being a man, but I’m not to the point that I’m drinking the Dos Equis, if you catch my drift.

tinyfaery's avatar

So a retrosexual is someone who is trying to unfeminize men? Really? How cliche. Will men ever be able to define themselves without resorting to sexist assumptions? Bored now.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Having been an academic most of my adult life, I had the freedom to continue to dress as I like. I Canada at least, even prominent professors can and often do dress casually. Except for media interviews, University Board meetings and work in Professional environments, casual, comfortable dress is the norm. If you can in dressed in a suit with a tie, peers would guess for what special occasion you were so dressed. That was one of the few perquisites (perks) of academia. Income was certainly not one of them!

My point? There was no pressure to the metrosexual style or mannerisms. See? I had a point!

fundevogel's avatar

The article doesn’t really explain it, but the aesthetic appeals to me. I wouldn’t care for someone that was actually into old school gender roles though. That’s lame.

As a girl I sometimes a dress in a “classic” style but it’s not an everyday thing. I have been wearing pincurls more often though. I’m wearing them now actually.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I would probably fit into this category. I’ve never heard of such a thing until today, though. I didn’t know it was a trend, either, but I have been waiting for the day. Maybe having grown up so close to my grandparents I have such a deep appreciation for nostalgia and visuals that take you back to a time where life was thought to be simpler and more pleasant. I have a very classic wardrobe and I have always felt very feminine. I know that is different for many people, which I wholeheartedly respect. However, if trends want to bring back a style that is gender traditional – I think that is one of very few “new” trends that I could get into.

kenmc's avatar

It’s cool kitsch and that’s about it.

I’m not a fan of associating all of your identity with a preset idea just to be able to label yourself as a “retrosexual” or what have you.

Although, I do like this preset idea because it’s a great way for me to be indignant about being a fat slob.~

But seriously, I appreciate the class that this ‘movement’ has to offer. I appreciate the stoicism and respectability. It’s a nice change of pace.

TexasDude's avatar

I would probably fit into this category superficially, but like others have said, I think sexual labels like this are stupid.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I always thought being a man was just being confident in who you were and being responsible for your acts.

I never got the whole (insert-random-word)sexual thing.

ratboy's avatar

Not me! I’m still wearing mini skirts.

Ron_C's avatar

@ETpro that video was pretty good. I think that I have always been retrosexual. I had a haircut when everyone had long hair. I have real suits, that I wear often, didn’t overindulge my kids or abuse them, I was away quite often (12 years in the Navy), and still treat my wife and women with respect. I can’t help it, I open door for ladies (teen age girls are really surprised), give my seat on the bus to women, especially pregnant ones, and I no longer blow my horn at old ladies in the crosswalk.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I don’t get the use of the word retrosexual in that one’s sexuality is not one’s gender identity and what @tinyfaery said.

ETpro's avatar

@kevbo Ha! I don’t read AoM but I do happen to love Dos Equis. Just me, I guess.

@tinyfaery Brett McKay may be out recruiting. I am sure not. I just don’t dive into the metrosexual thing. Middle American 60s grunge is good enough for me except when it’s time to wear a suit. Nothing political about it to me. In fact, as a kid, I spent some time living as a female. So it isn’t about forcing gender identity down anybody else’s throat—not to me anyway.

@Dr_Lawrence Sounded wonderful till you got to the salary part. :-)

@fundevogel & @TheOnlyNeffie & @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Cool.

@boots Completely agree about not investing identity. Just be. @uberbatman That’s how I took the definition to work. I can’t quite fathom a guy out campaigning to convert opthers, but hey, everybody has to find some gimmick I guess.

@ratboy Outstanding. There is a niche for that, for sure.

@Ron_C & @Simone_De_Beauvoir I just stumbled on the word today and found it interesting enough to share.

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