I heard about this on Mike & Mike on ESPN this morning; I would have put this post up sooner but I had to actually work.
Here’s a link to the actual story from Forbes. That’s right, it’s about makeup products for men. Now, if you had asked me five, or even two years ago if I thought that something like this would actually catch on, I’d have said “no way in hell”.
Walk into megastores like Sephora or Macy’s and you’ll find a variety of masculine beauty products including bronzer and face masks. Clarin’s Self-Tanning Gel for Men, for example, amps up skin color while evening out skin tone.
The issue that I see is that since the current generation of boys are having everything possible done to remove their, well, boyhood in all but the physical sense, some stupid crap like this could actually catch on.
OK, it does the job. But is manly makeup here to stay? Gilbert thinks so.
“In order to get that competitive edge, they have to look better,” she says. “They’re going to do whatever it takes–and there are products out there that can help them achieve this.”
Does anyone else remember when a good, firm handshake and the ability to actually do your job was all someone needed to get ahead in the business world? Honestly, despite the fact that I do care about my appearance (I work out, shave, and bathe); I don’t really give a shit what one of my employees looks like, as long as he or she can do their job.
You know, I’d like to think that my eventual children will rule over this upcoming generation of prissy, makeup-wearing, self-esteem filled namby-pamby children; however they’ll probably just be looked at as relics of a bygone era.
I swear, it’s stuff like this that makes me want time travel.