Forbes magazine reported in its current issue that more and more men are starting to wear concealer, face powder and brow gel.
This got me to thinking: first thought was what the hell are guys thinking? I mean, I would never be attracted to a man who has nicer skin than me. Actually, men and makeup seems to be a bit creepy. If you are a man on a movie set, I have no problem with a man having someone apply the face powder, a bit of concealer, whatever to make the man look more perfect on film. If you are burying Uncle Joe, if he needs a bit of makeup to look like Uncle Joe, by all means, have the undertaker apply what is needed. But for someone just going out on the town, if you are a guy, makeup seems, er, feminine.
It seems like, however, that we as a society want men to be more like women. The makeup seems to be the final straw.
I was watching The Resident1 a few weeks ago, and I was surprised at how many men admit on camera to shaving their butts and their "privates." Some men wax themselves to remove hair. Some would argue men are just taking a page from the woman's playbook, but you know, it sort of reminds me of what women went through in the 1970s. When women wanted to be exactly like men.
Now, it seems, in the twenty-first century, the tables are turned. Men, in some ways, seem to want to be more like women. Now, I am not saying this is bad, but really, for me and for lots of my friends, we don't want to be married (or dating) a version of ourselves with a bit more muscle.
We should be celebrating the differences, celebrating men for who they are. I mean, we should love their hair, love their stubbly faces at the end of the day, love their armpit sweat after the deodorant wears off.
Now I am not saying that makeup changes a man. But for me, for many of my friends, makeup seems to cross a line.
Shakespeare's Beatrice, in Much Ado About Nothing, seemed to say it best, "He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man. And he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man - I am not for him."
1The Resident is a woman who has a 30 minute show on New York cable. She also puts up some of her bits on YouTube.
2The 1970s information is what I learned in middle school Social Studies, so it could be wrong.
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