Sunday, December 09, 2007

St. Clement of Alexandria Against Metrosexuals

How many times do we have to have this cliche reaffirmed - nothing new under the sun:

But for one who is a man to comb himself and shave himself with a razor, for the sake of fine effect, to arrange his hair at the looking-glass, to shave his cheeks, pluck hairs out of them, and smooth them, how womanly!
He seems to have a problem with men shaving their beards...
But the embellishment of smoothing (for I am warned by the Word), if it is to attract men, is the act of an effeminate person,—if to attract women, is the act of an adulterer; and both must be driven as far as possible from our society. "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered," says the Lord; those on the chin, too, are numbered, and those on the whole body. There must be therefore no plucking out, contrary to God's appointment, which has counted them in according to His will.
Yup. Sounds like me and ole' CofA would have gotten along just fine. I have often wondered why it is that men universally prefer a more feminine woman whereas the opposite (or rather the same while we would expect the opposite) is true of women - they prefer a more feminine man rather than a more masculine one. To our modern sensibilities, Clement's words seem archaic, ignorant and unenlightened.

But the outer appearance of man in society reflects an inward reality - the effeminization of Western man. Clement associates this unnatural grooming to be the sign of an adulterous spirit. Doesn't it seem like the greater tendency for men to be 'metrosexuals' today than say 100 years ago roughly corresponds with the greater lust for adultery and all kinds of sexual perversion? I took a jab at beardless men earlier - that's just in fun. There are plenty of effeminate men with beards and manly men without. (But the rule is quite the other way around). The bottom line is that the issue is not with beards or lack thereof but of an unnatural tendency for men to want to be more feminine and women to want to be more masculine.

Women think they will be more happy if they were like men. They become like men only to find themselves less happy and pride keeps them from reversing the mistake. The evils of feminism have taught them to hate their God-given femininity and likewise it is the evils of our adulterous culture which have taught men to hate their God-given masculinity. Embrace the role God made for you - whether masculine or feminine. Happiness is always and only found in cooperation with God's plan.


Thos said...

Military men cannot have beards. More's the pity. Perhaps one of them needs to trump up some religious obligation to grow one, and then challenge the rule on 1st Amendment grounds... Nah.

Now, I'm no fan of metrosexualism (as you're using the term), but I can an instance where there's no harm in, say, taming the eyebrows of the growth from one's nostrils. It can be very distracting to try to converse with the badly unkempt. I see no relationship between plucking that dark hair that grows from the top of my left ear and, say, trying to attract people sexually.

Christ had his body prepared with perfume. There's something to be said for beautification.

Peace in Christ,

Tim A. Troutman said...

Well there's nothing wrong with looking good. If there were, I'd be in some big trouble... KIDDING (you set me up for that one).

Ok I have to finish this reply tomorrow.

a woman said...

It's not just feminism that's ruined femininity for women. It's partly men too. I've had my share of boys tell me that I'm just a girl and so why don't I go sew something (or some other womanly duty). Those things are always said with disdain. Who wants to learn to sew or bake when it's used as an insult?

Tim A. Troutman said...

I had never thought about that before. Excellent point.

Anonymous said...

1. Usually men are complaining about how women only like bad boys; but I admit that the fop is also a perennial "bad attraction".

2. Fops or gentle feminine women are not as scary as very masculine men, particularly to teenage girls or women who've had a rough time.

3. Both fops and bad boys tend to be more articulate about telling women they like and want them. Them as asks, gets.

Tim A. Troutman said...

I don't know what you're referring to when you say "fop".