Last updated 2018 10 05
Retrosexual — “a man who adopts a traditional masculine style in dress and manners” Really? Why do people tend to scorn men who have a passion for cross dressing, while they promote cross-dressing by women and find it to be glamorous. A double standard prevails.
From Merriam Webster’s TOP 10 LISTS, Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 3:
Definition: a man who adopts a traditional masculine style in dress and manners ….
Example: “Think of him as the anti-metrosexual, the opposite of that guy who emerged in the 1990s in all his pedicured, moussed-up, skinny-jeans glory. That man-boy was searching for his inner girl, it was argued. The retrosexual, however, wants to put the man back into manhood.” -Lini S. Kadaba, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 7, 2010….
Note 2018 10 05: That makes the impression, that to be retrosexual is a bad thing, because the claim is that only a man is a retrosexual. That claim is not only erroneous but as well sexist, as – logically – retrosexual is truly a gender-neutral term that should be prefaced with any of the 31, 69 or whatever number of politically-correct gender-specific pronouns and associated with the proper, politically-correct gender associations.
If all things traditionally male are bad, what is one to do, for example, with the Lesbians “who adopt a traditional masculine style in dress and manners”? It makes one wonder why the complementary female term and its definition of the popular traditional masculine style in dress and manners should not be called retrosexual as well. It makes one wish that Merriam Webster would not be so openly sexist and instead state how we really are to think.
When it comes to ‘retrosexual’, gender limits are set by the imagination
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Clearly, ‘retrosexual’ is not just “a traditional masculine style in dress and manners” that is adopted only by ‘male’ humans but also by ‘female’ humans who pretend to be male and love to cross-dress. That begs the question why people tend to scorn men whose passion is to cross dress, while they promote cross-dressing for women and find it to be glamorous. A double standard prevails.
Perhaps some things are becoming too complicated even for flexible Merriam Webster’s. How are we to function without firm direction on such gender-specific, vital issues?
Will the courts be forced to point the way, and can we trust them on this? It seems not. When things moral and ethical are normalized down to the lowest, common denominator, they tend to grow in number, become chaotic and unmanageable.