The first giveaway was when clompy Nike Air trainers disappeared from our streets, and Converse classics appeared. The second clue was simply Becks in a sarong. The next sign came in the form of photo captions; namely the words ‘hot’ and ‘swoon’ printed underneath pictures of Jack Whitehall and Russell Brand. And before long, it was official: metrosexual was in, macho was out.
A new American study has found that women would rather have a man with a good heart and the ability to provide, than a man with a Platinum gym membership and a default ‘fight’ setting.
Having chosen boyfriends who are relatively tricep-free, this, in my opinion, is great news. No more pretending, begrudgingly, that I think Daniel Craig is gorgeous, when really, his thighs remind me of Terminator-stylie robotic drumsticks. No longer will women think that hugging Jason Statham will be like hugging any normal man. (NB: I’m sure he’s very nice, and he has got the gorgeous Rosie H-W on his arm, but his chest is like an iron door.) And I imagine men everywhere are giving a huge sigh of relief, too. They won’t have to pretend they spend their free time eating steak, lifting dumbbells and shouting commands at their female housemates, when really, they’re just watching Planet Earth and eating a Caeser salad in their pyjama bottoms.
But wait, Ryan Gosling, the universal figure of perfection and the litmus test for all men from now on, is macho, right? Well, not really. So he might save passing stranger’s lives, and break up street brawls, but he’s more brains than braun, as demonstrated by his impeccable choices; from his romance with Eva Mendes to his film roles. Similarly, Ryan Reynolds might put on a great gun show, but it seems that his sense of humour is more impressive than what’s going on under his shirt.
Even the guys who are partial to a camo muscle tank top are becoming less ‘bar ruckus’ and more ‘perfumed hand creams’. No one can deny that Mark Wright is a ‘lad’, with his flashy convertible and slang words a-plenty, but he spends the same amount of time gussying up as the girls, and more importantly, shows his mum and his gran a lot of love and respect, which is a big tick in most women’s books.
Scientists at the University of Tenneesee say that back in the day, a ‘sexual revolution’ occurred when men who had no chance of winning a fight, decided to try providing food and love, instead. Females soon realised that they preferred being looked after and started forming long-term relationships.
Most women I know would definitely take a cuddle and a compliment over a wink and a free drink. All of those in favour of the new man, say I!