Are Men Turning Into Women?

Are men turning into women? 'Different, but equal' is how I like to define the issue of the male and female genders. Of course, women have got a long way to go before we're truly 'equal', especially in the work place. With lower rates of pay, and a having to work longer and harder for a promotion, we can't accurately say the woman is equal to her male counterparts where employment is concerned. In most other aspects of life, we like to think (ideally) that we're equal - but different.

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With this in mind, women are baffled at the number of men who're beginning to do things which were originally women-specific. The big question is, where is it going to end. There's an extended list from which I could choose. Today, however, I'd like to pinpoint the following:

Are men turning into women?

1. Breast reduction (cosmetic surgery and liposuction)

We can all agree that the after pictures are better looking than the before ones. Nevertheless, the moobs (men boobs) in the pictures do not necessarily make the men look feminine. A bit of extra fat can be worked off in other ways apart from the drastic action of surgery. On the flip side, and even more worrying, men are having implants for larger pecs - nothing that some sessions in a gym couldn't fix - yet surgery seems to be the choice of many. 

Note: Not all moobs are the direct result of extra fat. Men sometimes develop breasts due to genetic conditions like gynecomastia, treatment for testicular cancer, or hormone imbalance). This article does not relate to any of these conditions. 

Here's a quote from BBC News onlineBreast reduction for men is the fastest-growing part of the cosmetic surgery industry for the second year running, plastic surgeons have said.

The number of such operations rose from 323 in 2008 to 581 last year - an 80% increase - the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons said. Pressure created by men's magazines was partly to blame, one surgeon said.
2. Mankinis
Men are slowly turning into women because of what they're beginning to wear. Men were happy to go topless  at the seaside when I was growing up. Of course, women always covered up  - (in my neck of the woods) - top and bottom. Men went swimming in Bermuda shorts or trunks. Nowadays - post Borat, men are turning up in a Mankini

Mankinis are just obscene. There doesn't have to be a male equivalent to the bikini! What's wrong with just shorts? Here is Shine's (fashion and beauty website) take on this piece of garment  string. 'Between mankinis, Man Spanks, meggings (man leggings) is it really that hard for guys to, you know, just dress like guys?! We may borrow men's clothing from time to time, but we don't want them borrowing ours.'

Bras for men - they're really turning into us with this one

There are sites on the Internet, teaching men how to measure their cup and back sizes for bra fittings. This can't be right, can it? Young men are deciding that extra fat around their chest (the result of weight gain, in many cases - not the normal puberty breast growth) is best dealt with by the acquisition of bras to tie them down. Where is self-discipline, self-esteem and pride gone? Is the problem better solved by sticking on a plaster or by getting if off your chest entirely?  

On a separate note: did you know that Japan has launched bras for men? This has nothing to do with the 'practical' reasons men have for wearing these items of clothing. This is specifically fashion related. They look like the ones the manikin is wearing below.

Beauty products for men

Watching TV for any length of time will show you how large the beauty products' industry for men has grown. Some men even proudly claim to use more skin creams than their female counterparts. Surely, there's nothing wrong with taking care of yourself and looking great, right? The answer to that is, no. But when does 'taking care of one self' cross over the line and step into the realms of 'vanity'? Men are spending more time looking at themselves in shop windows - I've seen them (while looking at myself). Their hair is getting slicker, they're smelling more feminine. They spend time waxing and shaping their eyebrows - which, on a man, looks sinister.
Hair regrowth has become a vast industry. Comb overs are left to the younger lads like Justin Bieber   as the older men claw - tooth and nail - to find the magic potion (or surgery) to grow hair on their heads. Men are doing every thing women are: waxing, moisturising, toning, lightening, fake tanning, gelling straightening, curling....

I liked the old version of men. Where have you gone and when are you coming back? 


Judy Sheldon-Walker March 12, 2011 at 2:09 AM  

Anne, the mannequin looks absurd! What next?

Thanks for the visit. I could never picture you as boring!! You are fascinating.

Take care and God bless.

♥-Icy BC-♥ March 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

I feel sorry for those men with the extra fat on their chest..Hopefully they work if off, and the mankini is really absurd to see..They do have Speedo-kini already, which is still terrible to see, but at least, it offers a bit more cover-up!

Anne Lyken-Garner March 13, 2011 at 6:18 PM  

Speedo- kini. My goodness! :-)

Anne Lyken-Garner March 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM  

Ah, Judy! You're very kind.

DoanLegacy March 14, 2011 at 12:32 AM  

I wish to have the old fashion English men type. Yes, when are they coming back?

Getagirl March 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM  

Oh gosh, I never thought that there are men who undergo breast reduction. LOL that's really odd.

Anne Lyken-Garner March 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM  

DL, they're here (in England) but some old-fashioned types have other problems on their plates - they live in the past.

Anne Lyken-Garner March 14, 2011 at 8:38 PM  

Getagirl, welcome to my blog. Yes, as the article pointed out, this is one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgeries performed on men.

Keats The Sunshine Girl March 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

Yikes! Keeping up with women is outrageous!Can't think sensible women will be attracted to them for long, if anything!

Self Sagacity April 9, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

Gees, the last photo is something else. Wonder if these will make it to the US one day - me seeing a guy with a halter top on?

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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