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Being 'metrosexual' means well-dressed and well-groomed to most men.

Washington, November 14( ANI ): A new University of Cincinnati The University of Cincinnati is a coeducational public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities and in the top 50 of all American research universities,[2]  study has found that men in general were taking more interest in a well-groomed appearance and that they felt the term, "metrosexual Metrosexual is a neologism generally applied to heterosexual men with a strong concern for their appearance, and who display many of the lifestyle tendencies of stereotypical gay men. ," was a stereotype that had run its course.

The study by Erynn Masi de Casanova, a UC assistant professor of sociology, is based on interviews with men in three major U.S. cities: New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
, San Francisco and Cincinnati.

Some men who were interviewed indicated that they preferred dressing up and looking sharp - especially on weekends - even though many American businesses now promote workplace casual dress codes. This was prominently reported in New York.

The word, "metrosexual," came up in the conversation when Casanova interviewed 22 men, who were white-collar workers in three major metropolitan cities.

"I was really interested in finding out how individual men think about social categories, such as metrosexual," said Casanova.

The label was originally coined by British journalist Mark Simpson to describe a single, young (usually heterosexual) man with a high disposable income disposable income

Portion of an individual's income over which the recipient has complete discretion. To assess disposable income, it is necessary to determine total income, including not only wages and salaries, interest and dividend payments, and business profits, but also
, who worked in the city, according to Casanova.

"I found out that people had contradictory opinions about what being metrosexual was. Sometimes one person would reveal both negative and positive connotations about the word," said Casanova.

She stated that the majority of the men referred to the aesthetic aspect of the stereotype - men who were well-dressed and well-groomed.

The men also said that the term was being used less and less - that it was likely a buzz-word that was fizzling out, or that now it has just become a label, as more men pay more attention to their appearance.

"One of the interviewees said it's just a new word for who used to be called a 'pretty boy,'" Casanova said.

Casanova's interviews also found that the metrosexual moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.

(2) A COM object that is used to create instances of other objects. Monikers save programmers time when coding various types of COM-based functions such as linking one document to another (OLE). See COM and OLE.
 opened up a way for heterosexual men to enjoy fashion without being stereotyped as gay, although others considered the term a more polite way of calling someone gay.

Some men, said Casanova, saw the interest in fashion as a possible way to bridge gaps between gay and straight men. Some of the heterosexual men interviewed admitted taking fashion advice from gay men.

"As many men confirmed, this bridge seems to be a relatively new - and still somewhat tenuous - development," Casanova noted.

She will present her finding at the 111th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco. ( ANI )

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