Sunday, November 20, 2005


During my annual review the other day, my project lead noted that she'd had a discussion with someone at work and he had told her he was an ubersexual. She candidly pointed out that perhaps he could best be considered a ruralsexual. I think that's the best p.c.-speak for hayseed-chewer or mullet-sporter I've ever heard. I picture the conversation with someone from my hometown..."Scooter, you moved to the cities? They're full of homosexuals and metrosexuals." Response: "Well, when I lived here it was just full of homosexuals and ruralsexuals."

Which led me to some research. I've heard of metrosexual and ubersexual, but people tend to go overboard on these things, so here's a list of what I could find as the four most common neologisms:
  • Übersexual: "The übersexual is masculine, without being disrespectful or derogatory. He is attractive, compassionate, dynamic, confident and compelling. He is a leader, informed and passionate about the world around him. Examples of who could be defined as übersexual include Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Charlie McGrath, Charles Manson, and Bono of the rock band U2..."
  • Metrosexual: "an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great deal of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle."
  • Retrosexual [closest to Ruralsexual]: "a man with a generally poor sense of style -- not necessarily a boor; rather, someone who rejects being finicky about physical appearance. It is the opposite of a metrosexual...The retrosexual lifestyle is most popular and societally accepted among men aged 18-24. However, the term is rarely used as a self-descriptor by such men, as they tend to prefer such terms as "real man", "old school", or "masculine" and see "retrosexual" as symptomatic of the very pretension they reject. A retrosexual may also be known as a man who rejects casual sex as mindless and immoral."
  • Pomosexual: "is descriptive of persons who do not identify with any specific classification of sexuality, and is used in reference to oneself as a protest against such labels."

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