WTF: Manscara

I came across the above clip while checking out videos on youtube on the subject matter. It’s from a BBC comedy called Hyperdrive.

Last Friday, Urban, the weekly fashion and beauty supplement that comes with the Straits Times, featured a cover story for their men’s special and titled it ‘Manscara for you, Sir?‘ And below the title:

Make-up for men now includes mascara, compact powders and even false eyelashes.

One look at that and I thought, “Oh, what the fuck now?!” It seems to me that the attempts at the feminization of gay men is relentless. One nonsensical thing after another. And of course the media encourages this, to sell more stuff, including advertising space. That’s how I feel anyway. And I say ‘gay men’ because of course that’s where make-up for men is really targeted. Because there’s no way straight men are going to bite. It’s just like men’s fashion shows. What straight man would give a shit unless it’s work-related; he’s working in the industry or has some sort of investment in it.

Ok, so the goodlooking shirtless model Urban featured didn’t exactly look delicate, although his complexion and chest looked (or Photoshopped to look) smooth and flawless as a baby’s bottom. He did glare at the camera, and with only a semi-pout, and he held the mascara stick like a knife, a weapon, not a make-up tool. The stylist had mascara dramatically flowing from below his eyes like blood gushing out from where he had cut himself. So, wow, poetic butch points there. Also for the pretty but massive tattoo decorating one shoulder and arm. But of course I’m just kidding about this. I’ve met quite a few gay guys who only look musculine, maybe with beards or moustaches, heavily muscled or fat, etc. But with mannerisms that are effiminate.

I don’t find effeminate men attractive, but that’s all, I don’t dislike or have a problem with them. Especially after having had friends and lovers who were ‘manly’ in both looks and manner, but who could be such drama queens with vicious tempers, with such cutting tongues LOL, and not forgetting the mindfuck. The childish mind games. Two or three of these guys were even in their fifties, I think. Older does not mean wiser or more mature, not necessarily.

Anway, back to the manscara thing. Turns out it’s not a new thing. I came across two Guardian articles from almost four years ago. The first one is titled ‘Manscara. Suits you, sir.’ and includes a video showing the writer Paul MacInnes being made up. The second one ‘Makeup for men – heading to a chemist near you soon‘ is by Homa Khaleeli. Also, the video clip from Hyperdrive at the beginning of this post was from either 2006 or the following year. The show ran for two seasons during those two years.

More videos, although not featuring mascara on men. The guy in the next one is the least effeminate I came across, and the video also has a practical DIY feel which is interesting I thought, considering the subject matter. To watch this, click play as usual, but after that click ‘Watch on YouTube.’

And the following is a hilarious comedy clip. The ‘tips’ start at around the 2:30 mark. Warning: explicit language.

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