Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Metrosexuality in America

The website I found was called ironically 'The Onion', maybe attempting to expose America's many layers, and describes itself as 'America's finist news source'.
This article that was published in 2004 is raising the isssue that The Vatican has condemned metrosexuality. Being a largely proportion of the population that are Christian, this has captured a lot of attention in America. The brief snippet of the argument that is shown reads:

VATICAN CITY—Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said Monday that metrosexuality, the trend of heterosexual men co-opting the aesthetics of homosexual men, is strictly prohibited under Catholic doctrine. "The truly faithful will avoid the temptation to adopt this hip urban lifestyle," Navarro-Valls said. "The devout Catholic must remain on the path toward salvation, no matter how good he'd look in an Armani pullover, and no matter how much he might covet his neighbor's set of Williams-Sonoma lobster forks."
Karl Weis, director of the New York-based activist group Freedom From Religion, responded to the ban by stating that "metrosexuality is so 2003."

With Christianity, amongst other religions, being notorious for prinicples along the lines of respect everyone and their differences, and it is the beauty of an individual's persona rather than their superficial appearance. Thus it is somewhat contradictory that the habits metrosexuals choose to have, such as shopping and high levels of male gtrooming (what a man should not at least be knwn to do), matter so much to The Vatican that they have had to denounce it, proclaiming their disapproval. Surely religion is meant to be an all-emcompassing denomination. Weis' use of the word "so" above conveys a metrosexual tone.

Furthermore in the small print at the bottom of the page it states that The Onion is not intended for readers under the age of 18. Although there is satirical content in the website, with articles such as these, it may be possible that this is an attempt to limit the number of resistors/campaigners of such assertions. Additionally with celebrities, with many admirers such as Brad Pitt (both male and female for varying reasons) being referred to as metrosexuals, it seems that establishments are not ready to except the new 'trend of man'. However with such views, and seemingly so many opposers it seems that progression and promotion of the metrosexual, although unwanted by many establishments, and traditionally-minded men, is inevitable.


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