While this may not strike some as feminist if focused on from one perspective, (men claiming femininity as masculine… what will they think of next?) if focused on from another perspective (a woman writing about an oft-times taboo topic- the appeal of androgyny and showing her comfort with the topic) it is. We women can like what we like and who we like, regardless of whether our preference fits within the traditional view of gender.

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 Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Ewan McGregor in Velvet Goldmine

The other night, I watched the movie Velvet Goldmine again and it got me thinking about how much I like an androgynous man.  Velvet Goldmine hearkens back to the days of Glam Rock and features hot men like Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Ewan McGregor and Christian Bale in make up. Ironically, Eddie Izzard is one of the few stars in the movie not wearing make up.

I began to notice men in the 1970’s, when rock stars like David Bowie, Marc Bolan and the New York Dolls were popular. It was the days of men with long hair, glitter eye shadow and tarty lipstick wearing flashy clothes and it made a big impression on me. These men with their blatant gender bending were so much sexier than the average Jock type to me. They were rebelling against the traditional male uniform. They were bravely…

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