Sunday, January 22, 2012

Men Should NOT Wear Nail Color Because...

... ok, I don't have a good reason! Every reason I come up with ends up sounding ridiculous or worse. Like:
  • Because girls wear polish. (OK... girls do a lot of things. Girls eat/drink/sleep/breathe.... girls also own property, go to college, work outside the home, vote, run for (and win) public office, drive cars, wear pants, get tattoos, shoot guns, drive trucks, fight in wars... (and that second list is all stuff that - one time or another - was considered "for men only"... and in every case, "for men only" was oppressive))
  • Because people will think you're gay. (A... So what? They'll be wrong. Their thinking so doesn't make it so, and why would I care what a mistaken, prejudiced stranger thinks?  B... If I WAS gay, what would be wrong with that?)
  • Because it's not manly, it's feminine. (A... It's just paint. There's nothing in the bottle that makes it feminine - no pixie dust, fairy dust, butterfly wing powder, ground unicorn horn, estrogen or cooties. Tattoo ink is also paint - and that form of body art was once "for men only"... B... If it WAS feminine - ladies - does "feminine" equal "bad"?
  • Because men don't wear nail color. (Why not? "They don't, because they don't" is a circular argument, it proves nothing. "They don't because their friends don't" is closer to a reason - but that reason is FEAR, as in "They don't, because their friends don't... AND THEY FEAR stepping away from the safety of the herd and defying its assumptions." But, "masculinity" has never been about timidly cowering in the safety of the herd - a MAN is a bold, courageous, independent, even defiant creature - he blazes his own trail in the wilderness, he does not submit to arbitrary, unjustified societal expectations.
  • Because men don't WANT to wear nail color. (Why not? Because they've been immersed in a society which imposes the expectation that they shouldn't want to... and they've never bothered to question the rules they live under, so they've never even considered whether they would want to..) - On an INDIVIDUAL basis, this is a perfectly valid reason for any man (or woman) to abstain, but even here, the disinterest is largely influenced by societal conditioning.
  • Because the Bible says that men shouldn't wear women's things. (Again, what - besides a societal assumption - makes nail color "for women" and tattoos/pants etc.. (until recently) "for men"?)
  • Because their faith prohibits decoration. (... if they're Amish... OK.)
  • Because men are too smart to waste money on something frivolous like paint. (Really? A man can spend enough money "pimping his ride" - chrome rims, spoilers, ground effects, "kickin' bass" sound system, underbody neon, CUSTOM PAINT JOB - to buy a lifetime collection of nail color! If you tell your man you want to spend $4K on a boob job, he's thinking "How much MORE boob can she get for $5K"...  ;) )
  • Because natural, crusty yellow toenails are attractive on men. (Ummm... NO!)
  • Because women won't like men with nail color. (More of the "societal assumption", "follow the herd" thinking...)
  • Because color on males is unnatural. (Really? Look at the peacock & peahen... Look at the lion... nature is full of examples of colorful males.)
Those are the "reasons" I can think of - and all of them fail. But, maybe I've missed something.

If you have a reason I haven't considered... or if you just want to write about how you feel about the idea of men wearing nail color - good or bad - go ahead and sound off! Every opinion is valid here, you have a right to your feelings and nobody has a right to say you're wrong for feeling however you feel. My feelings are tough (numb?) enough to withstand wearing hot pink polish to the beach, they won't be hurt by anything you might say here. So, if you're inspired to say ANYTHING.... let's hear it!


  1. "I would just like to say that it is my conviction that longer hair and other flamboyant affectations of appearance are nothing more than the male's emergence from his drab camouflage into the gaudy plumage which is the birthright of his sex. There is a peculiar notion that elegant plumage and fine feathers are not proper for the male..when actually, that is the way things are in most species."

    ----'My Conviction'--- Hair

    I love the idea of men wearing nail polish simply because color gives me so much happiness, and doing my nails gives me that shot of mood boosting color that is relatively inexpensive, easily changed, a bit of art, and a bit of self care that should be accessible to and enjoyed by anyone to has a mind to do it.

  2. Thank you, Shieldmaiden96! That is an outstanding quote! Here are a couple I like from Oscar Wilde...

    "Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault."

    "It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors."

    "When a man does exactly what a woman expects him to do she doesn't think much of him. One should always do what a woman doesn't expect, just as one should say what she doesn't understand"

    Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Just happened across your blog. Man or wo-man, you have nice nails and they are polished well.

  4. Awesome way with words! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I agree, if you wanna wear nail polish then go ahead! It looks so neat and comes in so many varities why should it just be limited to women?
    Thanks for taking a stand!!!

  5. I Personally Think It Is So Awesome More Men Are Wearing Nail Polish, Its Fun And Expressive... My Dad Is One Of The Men That Enjoys Polish (He Is 56 Almost 57 Years Old) And He Loves It When I Get New Colors To Paint His Toes With!! Him And My Mom Go To Get Pedicures Together And Everything... Im Swaying My Fiancee In, I Know I Am, Hes Curious About Polish, Caught Him Painting His Thumb With One Of My Polishes, So It Wont Be Long :o) ... Keep Up The Painting!

  6. Thank you, Jen and Jessica!

    Jessica - about your fiance, I can't say this enough.... start with his toes. Give him a couple weeks to get used to it there. Plenty of reasons for this:
    * Most men are already self-conscious about their crusty feet, so they have less at risk..
    * Nail color - in "masculine" shades - will improve the look of most any man's feet - if he has eyes, he'll see and probably like the look...
    * "On the toes" gives a man a measure of control, because it's always socially acceptable for him to wear socks and shoes...
    * A man needs to accept this on himself before he can ask others to accept it on him - the toes are a great place or him to find his own acceptance - AND they give you a chance to show him YOUR enthusiasm, which should help him a lot.

    Fortunately, he has a role model in your dad - that's outstanding, BTW - but if you want to show him my blog, that's why it's here. If he has any questions, either of you can contact me...