Males of many species routinely engage in something called “peacocking,” which means they exaggerate their appearance to win female affection. Evolutionarily, this allows females to find the most impressive match to provide genetic material for her offspring. This phenomenon, though very common among male animals, is deemed strange for human males. Why is it considered weird for men to wear makeup?
True, some men do wear makeup, but we seem to be lacking in shining examples. Marilyn Manson does it, but most people think he’s creepy. Michael Jackson did it, and everyone knows
As the film and music industries become more and more focused on surface appearance, though, it follows that men wearing makeup will become more socially acceptable. Yet trying to look as perfect as possible in order to attract a mate or maintain one’s fame seems, to me, to be missing the point. The best part of wearing makeup is that it’s fun—it’s fun to apply, fun to coordinate different colours, fun to change one’s appearance. It’s sad that most men miss out on that because of restrictive social structures.
So, men, if you’re feeling festive, put on some eyeliner or use a little blush. Not only will you be fulfilling an animal-kingdom tradition, but you can have fun in the process.
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