Changes in male identity in the 21st century:
The only constant thing in this world is change... an irrefutable paradox of life. People, opinions, perceptions, feelings, relationships, and just about every other thing in this world is subject to change. As time elicit more changes, words continually change its meaning.
Even the centuries-old notions about male identity are now changing. Gone are the days when men were seen as Neanderthals who only use brute force to satisfy a need or an urge. Over time, men also underwent a process of refinement --- through culture, education, and other norm-setting beliefs that were developed in each era of history. For example, in the olden days, it was common to see men wearing long gowns and tunics. This is evident even today in Scotland where men wear their traditional skirts that bear their family or clan's "colors." It is also true that in some countries, the mere sight of a man wearing something that looks like a skirt would automatically attract unfavorable comments and insults.
According to traditional masculine concepts, men are supposed to be unconcerned about fashion, grooming, and other so-called feminine matters such as shoes and accessories. There is, however, a new concept of how it is to be a man. New forms of "manliness" has been called "Metrosexuality." A metro sexual is a man who has special concern over grooming, fashion and other external matters that help improve one's physical appearance or image. The term "metrosexual" was first used by Mark Simpson, a British commentator, to refer to men who always looks at a mirror in a clear demonstration of vanity. Metrosexual men, unlike the customary "dirt-loving" men, are described as having a strong regard for their appearance. It's also noteworthy to see that these types of men have a "sharp eye" for fashion. Metrosexuals are said to be "aesthetically-concerned"... pampering themselves in salons, gyms, and other beauty-enhancing...
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