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Am I Metrosexual?

Updated on April 26, 2010

I’ve been described by a number of people as metrosexual. I’m not really sure if I fit the bill. I think people have mistaken “taste” for “metrosexuality.” Here’s some info:


Are You a Metrosexual?


I like my hair to look cool. I use hair products like Bed Head Tigi Wax Stick for Cool People and Bed Head Tigi Manipulator. So what though? I think guys’ hair without product looks stupid. Worse, are the guys that use mousse or hairspray (these went out with the 80s). Oh, I go to a stylist and get highlights. Many guys go to a random “barber” and wonder why they receive randomly bad hair cuts. I typically wear my hair spiked up or occasionally in a fauxhawk (a fake mohawk). My girlfriend says I have “rock star” hair.


I like girls, ladies, and women - I don’t care the color, race, ethnicity, etc., either. I don’t like guys and I’m not bicurious or whatever the term is.

Stupid Weave Belt


I’m not really obsessed with clothes. I hate wearing a tie or dressing up for that matter. About the only thing that bothers me is when men wear white tennis shoes with jeans and one of those weave belts with a stupid white t-shirt (like a bud light advertisement or sports shirt) tucked in. Basically, I don’t believe in wearing tennis shoes, t-shirts, or running shoes, unless I’m working out…not for going out. Also, I don’t ever wear a baseball hat – I think that’s kind of redneckish, especially when men wear it indoors at a restaurant. I do wear a visor when I run…but it’s to keep sweat out of my eyes, not for style.

Piercings / Tattoos

I have none. I used to have my nipple pierced, but that was a stupid Spring Break thing…I’ve grown up since then.


I drive an old car…90s model and have a bike rack on my car. The bike rack is not for looks, I actually use it for my bikes! I rarely clean my car either.


I like techno, but I also like 80s metal (hair bands), rock, etc. About the only music I can’t stand is Soul/R&B (women yelling at high pitches), rap, and country.


I don’t like bud light or stupid American beers. I’ll pretty much drink water if bud light, amberbock, or those other silly beers are all that is available. I only drink decent beers – like Sierra Nevada IPA or Belgian beers, like Chimay. I like wine, but only decent wines…cabernet sauvignon primarily. I don’t like white zinfandel – that’s for people that don’t like wine.


I’ve been called “hoity toity” by my girlfriend because I’m particular about food. I don’t think I’m particular…I just have taste. I like Thai food, Spanish food (not Mexican), Vietnamese Food, etc. For dinner tonight I’m having Artichoke Pesto Tilapia, Asparagus, and a baked potato. I don’t like any chain restaurants (Applebees, Chilis, TGI Fridays, etc.) really and I don’t like Italian food (boring).


I care about my appearance, but mainly I just don’t want to get fat. I work out a lot, but I also do triathlons and other participant sports. I basically want to look good for the ladies. In case my girlfriend dumps me….I’ll be ready. I don’t get manicures or pedicures or any of that stuff. Oh, I did get braces in my late 20s because my teeth looked silly – they were very crooked. This was mainly for professional reasons though.

Closing Pin Necklace


I don’t wear any at all. Occasionally, I’ll wear a skydive necklace thing (a closing pin necklace), just to look cool, but that’s it.

Lost in Translation


I don’t watch it. I only watch movies. My favorite movies are Top Gun, The Beach, and Lost in Translation. I’ve also been known to watch “artsy fartsy” movies like Sideways or Man on Wire. I hate movies like Armageddon and Independence Day. Also, that movie Davinci Code comes to mind…the book sucked (I could never get through it – it was horribly written). Obviously, I didn’t see the movie.

Do You Think I'm A Metrosexual?

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      11 years ago

      I don't think you're metrosexual. those guys go to the beauty parlor every week. every time I go to the school restroom, almost all of the boys are primming their hair and examining themselves in the mirror as they leave. even if people classify you as metro, it's not a bad thing either, you just have good insight.

      you know what I don't get: if some people look down on metros, shouldn't they do the same to tomboys?

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      11 years ago from Scotland

      I am not a subscriber to all of these labels. I hate that people have to be pigeon holed and grouped together with others who exhibit some similar behaviours.

      Each person is an individual and should be able to pursue their passions in life, whatever they are, without worrying what other people are saying about them. If you like certain clothes, food or drinks, then enjoy them. These people who are quick to tar you with a certain brush will be too afraid to do anything for fear of being branded not normal.

      Kea, sounds like you care too much about what people think.

      Do what you want, not what other people want you to do.

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      Francine Smith 

      12 years ago

      If you read GQ or FHM, you are MS. If you go to bars that serve wine in large glasses on illuminated counters, you are MS. If you would rather be trapped in a lift with a super model than 20 cheerleaders, you are MS. If your woman's best friends think you are 'oh so hot', you are MS. If the sidewalk is too wet for your shoes, you are MS. If you wish your girlfriend was hot like you, then yes, you really are that metrosexual guy.

    • kea profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      @madams0062 - thanks for the comment! You rock.

      @gino - LOL! It is expensive being a metro - my hair product is like $20!

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      12 years ago

      I'm metro but had to revert back to white trash because of bad credit. I'll make a comeback in 7-10 years-after my credit is back and my 401k is in good order. Those high maintenance women crave good looks, and security. Nevermind substance. E!, MTV, VH1, gyms, tract housing, and shopping malls is what life is all about.

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      12 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

      IT'S OK TO BE METRO SEXUAL!!! Speaking as a gay man and I understand that you are not gay. I think it is sexy when a man wants to take care of himself. I mean who wants to be with a man who doesn't take care of their hair, or have nice teeth. I would and a lot of women would rather be with a guy who can take his shirt off and not get embarrassed. I think you are a sexy guy and if people want to call you Metro Sexual then so be it. It doesn't change who you are.

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      12 years ago

      @Tracker...well, I do think about the T-shirt and tennis shoe wearing people, but I don't really show it...well, maybe...I don't openly say anything, but I may kind of look at them funny. I've come to realize everyone is an individual and I used to be one of those T-shirt and tennis shoe wearing people! I think extensive travel to Europe made me see the light! Plus, you can't get in clubs in Europe unless you're dressed "smartly"

      @k@ri - thanks! I wish the term metrosexual was never invented! An extreme ladies man - that sounds cool...that should be a new phrase - ELM (Extreme Ladies Man) - I prefer to be called that.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      12 years ago from Ohio

      There is nothing wrong with caring about yourself and taking care of yourself. I've known men who call themselves metrosexual and it had nothing to do with sexual orientation. They were all extreme ladies men! I'm with Shalini and Anna Marie, there is nothing wrong with style and having a little taste!

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      Tracker Frost 

      12 years ago from Wyoming

      LOL! Well, a metro and a jerk is more like...a snob.

      More like you're into your appearance and what not, and then also look down on people that aren't, or that at least you perceive not to be. Like if you acted like T-shirt and tennis shoe wearing people were just lower life forms. You can think it, just don't act like it! lol

    • kea profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Thanks Tracker! I'm not a jerk, so I guess all is good. Being a metro and a jerk is a bad that even legal?

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      Tracker Frost 

      12 years ago from Wyoming

      I think you've got a few "weird" tastes...but I bet the feeling is mutual. lol.

      Metro? Maybe, but its not really a bad thing. I mostly consider it to mean your conceintious about your appearance. Metro doesn't mean "bi". Don't stress about it, if you like who you are, AND don't have people constantly telling you you're just a jerk, you're doing ok.

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      12 years ago

      Hey Christoph - you know I do P90X, so I'm coming to get you for saying I'm "teethering" and impying I have no taste! :) Just kidding. You sound like a metrosexual yourself. Well stated comment on the definition of a metrosexual. BTW, I do think I have decent taste and that I'm not pretentious, but that's another topic in itself! I definitely like things because I like them though, not for any image my like or dislike might project. For instance, I like coffee - real coffee. I order Peet's coffee online and grind my own beans and everything. I'm a "coffee snob" as I've been told. To me, I simply like things that have taste and once you taste "the good stuff", it's hard to go back to something like watered-down Folgers. Kind of like flying first class...after you do it once, coach seems that much smaller and lamer.

      @earnestshub - I've never made it to Melbourne...closest I got was New Zealand. Interesting to hear that the metrosexual revolution is strong down under!

      I agree with everyone on 'why do we need labels', unfortunately, most of our society feels the need to label everything. I kind of get annoyed when people introduce me to others or state that I'm a metrosexual when they describe me, because it brings up strange images and makes me wonder exactly what expectations they have since I've been identified to them by someone else as a metrosexual.

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      Clive Fagan 

      12 years ago from South Africa

      Why do we need labels. We must be what we are and not justify it to the world or ourselves for that matter.

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      12 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You don't even rate as a metro in my books. I live in Melbourne Australia and the metros here are prettier than some of the girls they date! Dress is always impeccable in an unbearable way, and they spend more time in the bathroom than the average aspiring actress!

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      Christoph Reilly 

      12 years ago from St. Louis

      I'm not advocating not bathing or dressing like a slob or being a pig. I cooked and decorated my apartments before gay guys even thought of it.  It was essential to impress the right type of woman and I much prefer to live in a clean space than a dirty one, that's all, but I did not make an issue of it.  I did not make a judgement against Kia. If you can show me where I did I'll be happy to address it.   However, you keep saying (he) has taste. How do you know his taste is any good?  He says he likes fine food but maybe it's just pretentious, overly-expensive crap, in which case it's not taste but stupidity.  A metrosexual is, by definition, a man who spends an inordinate amount of time and money on his appearance in a way that was previously reserved only for women.  That is what makes a man a metrosexual.  Period.  Nor does it suggest that a metrosexual is gay, at least not in it's original sense.  They have a word for gay men who do this:  It's called gay.

      Can't even try to leave a funny comment around here anymore.

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      Shalini Kagal 

      12 years ago from India

      Metrosexual isn't a bad word - I think it stands for a lot of style!

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      Cris A 

      12 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      i say down with the stereotpes. A little vanity won't hurt :D

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      12 years ago from Australia

      Why use a label at all? You're a cool guy with taste.

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      Anna Marie Bowman 

      12 years ago from Florida

      Teetering??? I've known gay guys less metro than this! Nothing wrong with it, of course! Men who take care of themselves, who have a little taste are a refreshing change from a lot of the guys I have met. Many who still, in their late 20's, still think fart jokes are funny, and drinking crappy beer till they puke is fun.

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      Christoph Reilly 

      12 years ago from St. Louis

      I wrote on this topic not long ago. Ummm...dude. You're teetering on the edge.

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      12 years ago from Free and running....

      If you had to ask, you probably are.


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