June 08, 2005

Boys Will Be...?

According to "industry insiders", the man of the future looks like this.

Say the "insiders":

Macho man is an endangered species, with today's male more likely to opt for a pink flowered shirt and swingers' clubs than the traditional role as family super-hero, fashion industry insiders say... "The masculine ideal is being completely modified. All the traditional male values of authority, infallibility, virility and strength are being completely overturned," said Pierre Francois Le Louet, the agency's managing director.

Instead today's males are turning more towards "creativity, sensitivity and multiplicity," as seen already in recent seasons on the catwalks of Paris and Milan.

I'm not sure what's more idiotic - the idea that masculinity and creativity are exclusive, or the notion that French marketeers are seeing this trend anywhere but, shall we say, the bluest of the blue areas.
"We are watching the birth of a hybrid man. ... Why not put on a pink-flowered shirt and try out a partner-swapping club?" asked Le Louet, stressing that the study had focused on men aged between 20 and 35.

Sociologists and other experts spent three months analyzing some 150 magazines and books and 146 Internet sites, as well as interviewing a dozen experts from Europe, the United States and China.

Which magazines and internet sites?
The traditional man still exists in China, Le Louet said, and "is not ready to go". But in Europe and the United States, a new species is emerging, apparently unafraid of anything.
Except, apparently, going out without exfoliating.

What could be behind this...bizarre idea?

Follow the money:

The emergence of this new male beast who wants to look and feel good, and who will also have an impact on the role of women, presages a new potentially lucrative market for the European fashion industry.

"All those labels which have adapted to this freedom of expression are on the up, all those which are too rigid will suffer in the future," Le Louet said, pointing to the growing success of sports and casual wear manufacturers.

Europe's economic downturn and stiff competition from China have left the industry -- which accounts for 7.0 percent of employment across the European Union or some 2.7 million jobs with an annual turnover of 230 billion euros -- in the doldrums.

Twee is the new black!

Posted by Mitch at June 8, 2005 12:41 PM | TrackBack

I own a Harley-Davidson, an unregistered handgun, have a giant tattoo on my back, and drive a pickup. I also have a steel plate in my head.
Bring it on, Misseur Elegante'!

Posted by: Terry at June 8, 2005 12:24 PM

Drudge had this on this morning.

Boy oh this Euro-trash going to get their heads handed to them literally by RoP when Europe becomes Eurabia...

...pretty boys we need not...although the 9/11 gang like Atta seemed to have a penchant for the eyeliner...hmmm..

Muzzie metrosexuals...hmmm...probably way Europe is going....

I like the American strength through superior firepower male. Kill the bad people and break threir things.

Posted by: Greg at June 8, 2005 01:37 PM

I might or might not have one or more guns of unspecified length, caliber, type, and registration. If I were the sort of person to do that sort of thing, I might speculate that a Hawaiian shirt is pretty good for carrying concealed in the summer. It's loose and it has a bold pattern to disguise any telltale bulges.

Posted by: Doug Sundseth at June 8, 2005 04:23 PM

Women should think about something. Is this what you want your son to be? Your male children will have your husband's genes. Well, most of the time they will....

Posted by: RBMN at June 8, 2005 08:03 PM

Is there a public pistol range in St. Paul?

Oakdale is private. The closest public ranges I've found are Bill's in Robbinsdale and Metro in Blaine.

Well, and right outside Arnellia's in Frogtown, but the traffic on University is murder.

Does anybody know of a more convenient place to shoot a pistol? If I had one. Which I ain't saying I do, but if I did . . . .

Posted by: nathan bissonette at June 9, 2005 09:49 AM

Oakdale Gun Club is open to public on weekends 8-4....15 dollars a person...unlimited amount of shooting irons can be brought in. 25 yard range is for small pistol and .22. 100 yard, 50 yard and comp range with a 200 meter range.

Be civil and obey the range officers and you will do okay.

Posted by: Greg at June 9, 2005 10:24 AM

Nathan, I also live in St Paul and I go to Blaine. You can go to Metro or to the new Bill's (formerly Armored Fire) not far from there.

Posted by: Michael Lomker at June 9, 2005 12:44 PM

m'seiu le louet, je dit "merde!" "metrosexuals" are poufs in thin disguise. and for you-all looking for a place to shoot, move to vermont and burn your pistol permit.

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