Spornosexual

Spornosexual

Updated Dec 16, 2014 at 05:12AM EST by Brad.

Added Jun 13, 2014 at 02:44PM EDT by Don.

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Spornosexual, a portmanteau of sports, porn and metrosexual, is a neologism used to describe a new male aesthetic marked by physical fitness, certain types of body art and social media narcissism. in June 2014, the term gained widespread exposure with English pop culture journalist Mark Simpson’s declaration of “spornosexual” as the new metrosexual in an article for The Telegraph.

Origin

On June 19th, 2004, Simpson coined the term “sporno” in an article in Out[4] magazine to describe sports stars who were “fetishizing themselves.” On June 10th, 2014, The Telegraph[1] published an article written by Simpson which described a new wave of body conscious men influenced by social media culture with “chiselled bodies, muscle enhancing tattoos, piercing, adorable beards and plunging necklines” labelled as “spornosexuals.” The article included a photograph of Dan Osborne, a cast member of the reality television series The Only Way is Essex, as a an example of the spornosexual aesthetic (shown below, right).



Precursor

On November 15th, 1994, The Independent published an article written by Simpson, who used the term “metrosexual” to describe men living in urban areas and demonstrate an interest in grooming, fashion and shopping.[7] On July 22nd, 2002, Salon[6] published another article by Simpson titled “Meet the Metrosexual,” which identified soccer player David Beckham as a prime example of the aesthetic.

Spread

On the same day, a Wikipedia[2] entry for the term spornosexual was created. Also on June 10th, 2014, The Washington Post’s Style Blog[5] published a reaction to the Simpson article, describing spornosexuals as the “hyper-sexualized, body-obsessed cultural offspring of the metrosexual.” On the following day, The Telegraph[8] published an online quiz titled “Are You Spornosexual?”, which includes questions regarding social media habits, television show preferences and fashion choices. On June 12th, The New York Daily News[3] published an article about the neologism. On the following day, The Daily Mash[9] published a satirical article titled “Britain Hoping ‘Spornosexual’ Just Goes Away.”

Notable Examples

Other figures that have been cited as examples of spornosexuals include (from top left, clockwise): professional soccer player David Beckham, professional football player Colin Kaepernick, Maroon 5’s lead vocalist Adam Levine, model Ricki Hall, deceased bodybuilder Aziz Shavershian and actor Zac Efron.



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