First of all, to answer this question, we should define what a metrosexual man is. This question asks “What is a metrosexual?”, posted from an article on the Askmen website:
The newly popular media and marketing buzzword seems to mean different things to different people, but in general, a metrosexual:
• is a modern, usually single man in touch with himself and his feminine side;
• grooms and buffs his head and body, which he drapes in fashionable clothing both at work or before hitting an evening hotspot;
• has discretionary income to stay up to date with the latest hairstyles, the newest threads, and the right shaped shoes;
• confuses some guys when it comes to his sexuality;
• makes these same guys jealous of his success with the ladies — for many metros, to interact with women is to flirt;
• impresses the women who enjoy his company with the details that make the man;
◾ his appreciation for literature, cinema, or other arts
◾ his flair for cooking
◾ his savoir faire in choosing the perfect wine and music
◾ his eye for interior design
•is a city boy or, if living a commute away from downtown, is still urbane, if not rightly urban;
•enjoys reading men’s magazines…
The article also goes to state that:
Some of the most commonly labeled metrosexual prototypes include English soccer star David Beckham and screen icons Brad Pitt, Hugh Jackman and Tom Cruise. All these men are as much models as they are sports stars or actors, welcoming the not-so-furtive female gazes like the walking billboards they’ve become.
These examples are mostly refined, cultured men. I can see the appeal. I think this is a recent fad, with the younger generation. In my time, I think the equivalent man was called Renaissance Man.
However, even though RM had all the qualities of MSM, his sexuality was not questioned by other men, and he was not on the verge of being feminized.
He also had greater interests and purpose in the world. Being a narcissist, playboy or an icon would not have been his primary focus. I believe that is the main difference between the two.
Here is quite an extensive and informative post on How To Be A Renaissance Man.
My thought is that older women would NOT generally be attracted to metrosexual men, while younger women would be. But then again, this is only theory and my own opinion.
And how is the ideal man defined at any time in history? By other men, or by women, or by culture? Or a combination? It’s an interesting thing to ponder. Let me know your thoughts on this. Other comments are always appreciated as well.
Related article: Renaissance Man and The Modern Male