Friday, June 02, 2006

U Can B an Ubersexual 2

Over the past few years the term metrosexual has been seen on television, heard on the radio and read about in magazines and nespapers. Though this term has become a staple in popular culture, common use of the term has been grossly mis appropiated. I have heard many people mistakenly use the term as a synanm for male homosexuality. According to British journalist Mark Simpson, who copined the term in 1994, the true definition of a metrosexual is an urban male of ANY sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great amount of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle.

It wasnt until June 22, 2003 when a New York Times article titled "Metrosexuals Come Out"that the fashionable usage of the word popped on to the radar in the media. Thought not specific to gay men, this term's popularity was correlated with increasing integration of gay men into mainstream society and a correspondingly decreased taboo towards homosexuality and changing masculinity.

Enter the year 2006, three years after the term metrosexual became popular, yet another commercialized term has prolifereated the skin of society and infected our social consiousness. That term would be ubersexual. From reading varying definitions of this new term, it seems to me that an ubersexual is very similar to a metrosexual. According to the word "übersexual" (from German über = above, superior and Latin sexus = gender) is a neologism for a patriarchal conception of masculinity. It is a variant of metrosexual, in that the male is "refined", but contains more of an implication of confidence and traditional notions of manhood than the former term.

Examples of those who could be defined as übersexuals include George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jon Stewart, Diddy, Jay-Z and Bono of the rock band U2.

I thought it would be intersting to take some popular Cincinnatians and use thier personas to exemplify the difference between a metro and an uber.

Charlie luken, Former Mayor of Cincinnati, ubersexual

Nick Lachey, Former Mr. Jessica Simpson and Cincinnati native, metrosexual

Spencer Crew, Director of the National Undergraund Railroad Freedom Center, metrosexual

Anthony Munoz, Former Cincinanti Bengal and TV personality, metrosexual

Chad Johnson, Cincinnati Bengal, ubersexual

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