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Mon, Jul. 18th, 2005, 02:59 am
manlymanlyman: Men and Cosmetics?!

From:
http://www.business-standard.com/common/storypage.php?storyflag=y&leftnm=lmnu1&leftindx=1&lselect=1&chklogin=N&autono=194771

"The new customers of the beauty industry are men what with various skin-care brands, both national and international increasingly targeting them with their products."

"These products range from Active Face Scrub and Under Eye Serum to Moisture Balm and Total Wrinkle Control. Besides, it has also come out with a product called ‘Fatigue Fighter’ for men that claims to provide tired skin with an “immediate, refreshing boost” to eliminate signs of stress and fatigue."

"“The response in the last one month has been good and while we thought that our customers would start from 18-year olds, a large number of teenaged schoolgoing boys are trying out this product,” Mohan Goenka, director, Emami Limited says."

"“That’s why they are more conscious of their looks now so that they can present themselves well,” he adds. Interestingly, in south, the skin care clinic gets a good 30 per cent of its revenues from men."

Personally, I find make-up un-manly.

Fri, Jul. 29th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
jeff_andonuts

Myself, I feel that conforming to socially-manufactured ideals of masculinity is unmanly.

Tue, Oct. 25th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
frank_cotton: I'm Sick of This

The reason males (starting at high-school age) are buying this stuff is that it has been marketed in such a way as to convince them women will find them more attractive if they use it. Thousands of products are marketed that way. It's worked on women for hundreds of years; now the cosmetics companies are pulling the same shit on men.

Thanks to Ben Affleck and his ilk, (i.e. post-90s emasculated Ross Gellaresque "metrosexual" girly-men), being a straight man has become unfashionable.

I'm not saying men shouldn't attend to their appearance. But what happened to the days when that meant taking a shower, applying antiperspirant, having a good close shave, combing/gelling your hair and dressing in a nice suit or well-kept shirt and pants? Maybe a little cologne on special occasions, but for fuck's sake....men are going for manicures now. Manicures! I'm not saying men should look like slobs, but come on.

I go to an old-fashioned barber shop, run by a couple of old-school Italian gentlemen. I don't go to a salon. I clip my own nails. I don't wear makeup.

I guess the girly-men will be doing us real men a favour, by narrowing down the competition for female attention. We all know real women want real men, so the dainty pansy-boys will end up playing second-fiddle to us when it comes to mating time.


Frank

Sun, Oct. 30th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
manlymanlyman: Re: I'm Sick of This

Excellant reply!

I happen to be seeing more and more advertisements for male cosmetic products these days, mainly when I happen to be watching a T.V. Do you think this is just part of some natural change, or a passing fad?

I hope to god it's just some passing fad.

Tue, Nov. 1st, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
frank_cotton: Re: I'm Sick of This

So do I, MM. So do I.


Frank