[image: Bamff Golf Course, 2010, JA Van Devender]
Location: Bamff, BC
Deuteronomy 22:5 (NKJV)
5 “A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman’s garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.
I think that I shall instruct my sons, the younger ones at least, that if anyone is so presumptuous as to call him a "yummy" that he is to forthwith hit the person with his purse.
"Yummy" (See HERE) is evidently one of the latest faddish heirs of the "metro-sexual" craze. It stands for "young urban male", yum - my, get it? Aint' it just so cute? Another, less smarmy designation, is "henry" - "High Earner, Not Rich Yet". The economy is in the toilet, people are clamoring for jobs, the entire strata of upper echelon rich people are currently being recast in the public image as leeches, and here we have a fashion industry snobbishly rubbing egos with the "not rich yet, but it's inevitable" advertising stroke.
And how are these upwardly charging Wall Street Warriors supposed to portray themselves? Take a look at the guy on the right in the following photo. The guy on the left is the designer. Notice how he seems to distance himself from his own "creation."
Now I have to admit that it is at least not the same as the cute little jacket and skirt combination that I saw promoted for men's wear in a recent Baltimore Sun, but can you really see the guy wearing this catching the "Old Spice" bottle from Captain "Hunk" in that marketing pitch? The Marlboro Man has probably long since died of lung cancer, but would this guy fit the image of masculinity that was inherent in the ad?
Somewhere along the line foppishness has reasserted its dainty little head and "manly" strides are being replaced by mincing swishes. We are not far removed from the hideous fashions of the late French monarchy when make-up and eye shadow, towering powdered wigs set off by bright red rouge accented the silky pantaloons and hideously pointed shoes. And we all know what the external loss of masculinity in appearance brought as a corollary in their private affairs.
I am not, by the way, here lampooning homosexuals. I am assuming that the guys wearing these things are heterosexual males seeking to be "chick magnets." I am presupposing that the "oh so elegant" presentation is the way that ambitious males find willing female partners for the evening's stress relief that they, in their mind, so desperately "need" on their upward journey.
What bothers me is not that this is transgender cross dressing... at least, in those circumstances the difference between male and female is acknowledged... the transgender male is attempting to appear female, etc. No, what saddens me is the intentional suppression of essential masculine attributes that underlies this fashion trend.
How we dress communicates our essential self-identity and when the blurring of the sexes occurs and men and women become essentially indistinguishable in mode of dress, the fundamental complementary nature of the sexes is devalued.
Probably this particular trend will be flushed down the toilet in the same manner as the "metro-sexual" thing was. I hope so.
In the mean time... come on guys... get a grip. Spend some time in the high Rocky Mountains and get some hiker muscles rippling down your legs... learn how to sail and let your face be tanned and creased with salt breezes... do manly things and look the part. If you are going to be rich anyway then at least use your checking account in a far wiser "fashion" that in buying this stuff.