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The 10 new male stereotypes of 2014

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posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 08:16 AM
Not that I agree to perpetuating stereotypes, here is a heads up on the new 'types' of guys you might meet and how you might pigeonhole them into a stereotype, just incase you didn't know how to phrase ''wow that ------- guy over there is hot!'', now you do!

Spornosexual /normcore hybrid sounds like my kinda guy!

The lumbersexual
Lumbersexual – a portmanteau of ‘lumberjack’ and ‘metrosexual’ – is a term used to describe men, usually to be found in parts of east London, who do an awful lot of grooming in order to pass as logging industry workers (check shirts, neatly-trimmed beards, sadly no hi-vis jackets).
The new stereotype emerged in a November blog post that declared, “The Lumbersexual is Here to Chop Down Metrosexuals”. It came onto our radar with this piece, “Don’t call me a lumbersexual”.

The spornosexual
Mark Simpson, who coined the term ‘Metrosexual’ in the 1990s, came up with a name for a new breed of man in an article for Telegraph Men in June.
“With their painstakingly pumped and chiselled bodies, muscle-enhancing tattoos, piercings, adorable beards and plunging necklines it’s eye-catchingly clear that second-generation metrosexuality is less about clothes than it was for the first,” he wrote. He christened this new generation "spornosexuals," as they take cues on their appearance from sport and porn.

Mr Normcore
The term 'normcore' – an apparently oxymoronic combination of ‘normal’ and ‘hardcore’ – was coined by a New York "trend forecasting agency" and became, according to Google, this year’s most searched-for fashion term.
A March article on the “deluded microfad” explains: “It refers to a consciously relaxed, unfashionable mode of dress, where style and designer labels are eschewed in favour of comfort and practicality.”

The meninist
2014 was the year (some) men started fighting back against what they saw as the constraints of feminism with a male version of gender equality. “Why can't men ever get in the club free? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen” one asked on Twitter, while another pondered: “How come when girls wear yoga pants it's 'hot' and 'cute' but when I do it it's 'creepy' and 'disgusting' ??? #MenimistTwitter #YesAllMen”.
Riddle us that, eh.

The dapper lad
November brought us two men at the centre of misogyny rows. The first was comedian Dapper Laughs – aka Daniel O’Reilly – who saw dates on his “Socially Unacceptable” university tour cancelled and a second series of his ITV2 show shelved after viewers complained about his “faux-ironic ladspeak”, which he justified as “banter”.
The second was Julien Blanc, an American “pick up artist” who was banned from entering the UK following an online campaign. On his website, Pimp My Game, Blanc suggests that men “make threats to hurt [a woman]; make her drop charges; make her do illegal things; threaten to report her to welfare; prevent her from taking a job; take her money and humiliate her”.

The fauxventurer
Extreme events like Tough Mudder and Spartan Races grew ever more popular in 2014, allowing men who spend most of their time behind desks to push themselves to their Greek Warrior limits.
Programmes like Bear Grylls’ The Island claimed to take men back to basics – but the show was plagued with accusations that scenes had been faked (a “natural water supply” turned out to have been a rubber-lined pool). Grylls hit back, though, saying, “There’s nothing fake about The Island”.

The dadiot
The portrayal of dads as idiots in advertising, and idiot men on the TV in general, has been a bugbear amongst commentators throughout 2014. In March it was the KFC ad which was causing offence: “A generic dad-type asks his smartphone-fixated kids what they’d like to do that afternoon (“Bowling? Cinema?”). They ignore him – and then Mum appears and asks EXACTLY THE SAME QUESTIONS. And they put down their phones! And respond! Dad is left to check his own sad little Nokia… on which, inevitably, there are no messages. Hurray! Stupid dad!”
In response, Cheerios and McDonalds launched campaigns to “celebrate fatherhood”.

The Gen Zzz-er
It used to be that the older generation would be outraged at the excesses of the younger – but they just don’t party like they used to, do they? According to a report from a Health and Social Care Information Centre, young people are now less likely to drink, smoke or take drugs than those of 12 years ago.
The September report led to a rash of articles on how dull Generation Y had become, including this assessment from Bill Borrows: “Generation Yawn, a boring, self-obsessed tribe of social-media-addicted, tablet-tapping, law-abiding, career-obsessed, Right-wing, alcohol-avoiding, gym-going consumers who simply don't know how to enjoy themselves.”

The hipsterpreneur
In the year once-edgy Shoreditch became a hotbed of suits – according to Alex Proud – identical twins Gary and Alan Keely brought a torrent of hipster-targeted hate upon themselves when they opened an east London café which only served breakfast cereal.
The last laugh (of this year, at least) went to the pair of hipsterpreneurs, who had people queuing down the street to try the Cereal Killer Cafe on its opening weekend in December.

The tech-romantic
Want to send your girlfriend's romantic texts? As of 2014 there’s an app to do it for you, automatically. There’s also an app which can pretend to be your girlfriend – sending you texts and posting on your social media profile – as well as an app to ensure the sex you are about to have is consensual (or there was – the Good2Go app has since been taken offline). There has never been a better time to be more attached to your smartphone than to other human beings.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 08:22 AM
God I hate labels, I don't really think I fall under any of these but I guess that is what everyone would say lol.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 08:26 AM
What happened to just being a man?
Guys are getting way too wussed out, dressed up and prissy for the "Man" title. If the only reason you grew a beard is because that what's in style this year, wear "skinny jeans" [ huge eye roll ] and wear $200 lumberjack shirts, can we just call you one of the gals?

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 08:33 AM
a reply to: DAVID64

I guess it's sort of about judging on appearance.

Labels are obviously suspect though I have to admit I know guys that fit each of those categories, some sort of hybrids. Though a lot of them are sort of London /city inspired and I am near London so perhaps they are less well known in rural areas.

I guess media has a lot to answer for on the decision making processes of men and their appearance. It certainly appears that men are far more aware of their appearance these days though I guess it is for the purpose of natural selection and fitting in to peer group types and for the purpose of dating and ultimately procreation.

We are all being played at so many levels.

Another distraction technique? Probably!
edit on 30-12-2014 by theabsolutetruth because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:03 AM
Stuff sterotypes .. be yourself ..

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:15 AM
Also, I have to say, as a woman, it does subconsciously affect one's first impressions of a man. Especially in this era of wariness and people from everywhere being in the country, unknown quantities often breed the desire for familiarity.

For example, if I was having some drinks with friends say, and there was a guy obviously interested in me, I would subconsciously judge him on his appearance, was he wearing clothing appropriate to the setting, has he made an effort, was he clean /scruffy, does he have an inclination of fashion trends etc. I would probably be wary of dating a contrived hipster than I would say a smart, appropriately dressed normcore guy, as an example. I would also probably not even talk to a guy if he was wearing a shell suit /trainers combo unless involved in sport or a personal trainer etc.

Does he belong to a 'tribe', if so which? That sort of differentiation helps with the initial 'sorting' process of behavioural expectations

Obviously men are also judgemental, and at least certain facets of MSM aren't perpetuating the idea that they have to get pectoral implants and all sorts of cosmetic procedures to be physically attractive.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:16 AM
That list missed several types..

The Ellen look, women dressed like men including a wallet. With mullet..

The thug look, pull your damn pants up!

That list left off the all black clothes wearing teenagers. You know the ones. They think they are rebels but wear the same black uniform. Black jeans and crappy band t shirts...slipknot anyone?

Don't forget the Confederate flag toting redneck look either. Git er done!

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:18 AM
so according to this list i'm a Mr Normcore
dammit the name needs to be more aggressive
Mr Explodelazerfirecore something like that.

I know people generally complain about stereotypes and are all "be yourself" and all that jazz, but you will have labels no matter what you do, or don't do. In a way we need them to zone in on a potential partner, the more you can tell upfront the more you can refine your research and find someone you really like.
It's important to not have a one-dimensional vision of people, but if used with a pinch of salt, it can help you avoid bad choices somewhat.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:26 AM
The Ellen look sounds familiar, sort of chino androgyny some women sport makes me wonder if they are lesbian but I also think that is probably their intention, a sort of statement about their sexuality perhaps?

The thug look is terrible and they are making themselves social outcasts by dressing in such a way.

The all black clothes thing, I have a some male friends that are /were in bands and they dress like that, some always have since the early 90's, even though they aren't goths or emo's they just find it an easy solution, and it can look good if done well, I probably prefer some colour. The band tshirt thing is passé.

That said, I often wear just black as I have always like the Coco Chanel classic understated look and I suit black as well as part of my job involves art printmaking using large amounts of mostly black ink.

There aren't as many redneck types here in the UK but certainly some that wear lumberjack shirts, they probably never lifted a log before let alone being forest types.

originally posted by: Hoosierdaddy71
That list missed several types..

The Ellen look, women dressed like men including a wallet. With mullet..

The thug look, pull your damn pants up!

That list left off the all black clothes wearing teenagers. You know the ones. They think they are rebels but wear the same black uniform. Black jeans and crappy band t shirts...slipknot anyone?

Don't forget the Confederate flag toting redneck look either. Git er done!

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:30 AM
a reply to: IShotMyLastMuse

Normcore is probably the safest option and most practical. Most guys older than 30ish trend towards normcore IMO.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:31 AM
How dress depends where am at .. most the year out in the boonies its either dress like the local hmong or black samui .. in "civilization" its either black samui .. hakama and keigogi .. or saville row suit depending where at ..
edit on 30/12/14 by Expat888 because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:39 AM
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

Well i am almost 31 .
I used to care a bit, but fashion trends change so much and it becomes frustrating to have to "adapt" to clothing, it should be the other way around.
I buy my clothes at the local Chinese clothing shop and invest in technology instead, the way i see it, most people can't even recognize brands anyways, so rather have a standard pair of jeans, since people can really tell/care and have a good projector to watch movies in bed.
Still normcore makes it sound oh so average!

edit on 30/12/2014 by IShotMyLastMuse because: i type too fast and switch languages without noticing. i need Help

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:47 AM
a reply to: IShotMyLastMuse

I know a man that is undeniably handsome and always looks smart and sort of normcore but ontrend, he's also in is 30's. Women are always attracted to him. I was surprised when he said he gets his jeans and work clothes from Asda and Sainsburys and coloured sweaters from there or M&S.

The decently shaped jeans, shirt and colourful natural material sweater is a classic look for men, can be bought inexpensively and looks great and flattering.

Men should be glad they can get classic, well made clothes easily and for far less than the average fashion items for women where the quality isn't comparable and the price more.
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posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 09:51 AM
People's style of dress is a huge factor in how they are perceived by others. When I see a fat girl in walmart wearing pajamas and slippers, I get a bad impression. That of course may not matter to her.
But for me I need to make a good impression on people. I have a business and run a girls softball league. How I dress matters to these folks. Nobody wants to deal with a man that didn't bother to comb his hair.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 10:07 AM
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

Happy to say I still transcend stereotypes.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 10:52 AM
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

oh you are absolutely spot on there, shopping for men is much easier and you can get away with stuff very much on the cheap, and don't have to worry about it too much, for the ladies, it's kinda insane.
i have been blessed (that's probably the right word in this economy) with a good job, with enough money to burn, and i've bought some expensive clothing, and not once has anyone noticed it. i have 4 pairs of dolce&gabbana boxers and not once was i going through my day and thought "gee my privates feel mighty comfy today!" oddly the shirt that has always gotten the most attention is this one i don't wear anymore because "i'm 30" that was a brown t shirt that had a writing that said "I don't give a" and below a drawing of a rat and a donkey. payed like 10 euro for it.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 11:40 AM
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

There are 2 kinds of men in this world:

- Males who would fall into any of the above categories
- Men

I am of the latter type. And want to punch my monitor when I see the emasculation that pop culture has performed on our species.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 11:54 AM
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan

Its called "gender neutral"
I call it "gender neutered"

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 12:28 PM
a reply to: theabsolutetruth

I got called a "lumbersexual" the other day, I suppose because of my plaid and my mighty beard. The sad part about it is not 4 years ago I had been an actual lumberjack for most of my working life.

posted on Dec, 30 2014 @ 01:01 PM
a reply to: Aphorism

Real lumberjacks obviously influenced that style.

City boys trying to look all strong and rugged (whilst well groomed) means they are trying to at least appear on the macho side of 'man'.

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