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What do you think of men wearing nail polish?

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What do you think of men wearing nail polish? What is it with nail polish for men?

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janet

It depends upon his age. If he's young (still in school), it can be kinda funky. But if he's old (married, working, with a family), it can be kinda odd. Of course, it depends upon his career. If he's a rock star, it's probably okay. But if he's an accountant, it would be the talk of the company. ;-)

Still, who am I to sit in judgment? If he wants to polish up his nails, go for it. There are far worse things he could do (like self-mutilation, etc.).

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ashley_87 [ Moderator ]

Honestly, only clear nail polish if they have a nail-strength issue or something. For straight guys, society dictates it to be weird. Unfortunately, if a guy went to an office job with painted nails, very likely he would be ridiculed. It is unfortunate, but it is currently the truth of our society.

For bi/gay/goth whatever, if it works for them, it works. And those are probably some of the only guys who you know will be damn sure it will work for them.

Side note: getting a guy to paint his toenails in some kind of drunk dare is pretty funny.

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martyp

What is wrong with you people? Gay is a sexual preference - not clothing, makeup or color!!! Before WWII you girls were not permitted (that's right - not permitted) to wear pants and more importantly guys wore skirts, sarongs, kilts, etc. and about 60% of the world's men still do. Girls - did you know that high heels were invented for men by men and as with everything cool - you women stole them. Get with it - guys who want to wear nail polish on their toes are only trying to get out of the blahs which society has put men into. Browns, blacks, greys, dark blues - these are our colors - not because we want them to be but because that is what society has said men should wear. How boring. Women who don't wear nail polish or make up or who like jeans a lot are not lesbians so why should guys who want to be more in color be considered gay? That is because you girls are selfish and don't want guys to look good or your ideas of good are misguided.

I am 61, been married for 40 years, have 2 kids and 4 grandkids. I have been wearing painted nails for over 20 years. I am not and have never been gay.

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mina_10
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I agreed with you until you went all anti-female. I agree that both genders should be able to do as they please but for the same reasons that women aren’t supposed to something, the same applies to men. No one ‘stole’ anything from anyone, it’s society who dictated it. Now, whether each individual decides to follow that set of rules/ways is solely up to them. Many out there break every rule set out by society but in turn they have to be able to deal with and be okay with what society pass as a judgment. No one likes to conform but it’s just one of those things people are working to get past.

ashley_87
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Hey, there are a lot more people here that are for self expression than not. Some of the haters are men, as well. Don’t blame just the girls here. You make great points, but I removed your insults at the end. I don’t want to see your great response removed because it is insulting. Please reword the sentence about “selfish”, because these people are not being selfish. They were brought up in a more close-minded society. Also, if you could post a link about the high heels, that would be awesome. Again, I love your response. I don’t want to see it shut down because of insults.

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georgetilyou

i also have worn polish on my toe nails and no i am not one bit gay. i like girls. the few comments always from girls is positive and my toes are better shaped than most people . and that with polish makes them better looking.

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that70sman

Yes, real men wear pink and real men wear skirts! Men can wear toe nail polish, hey I just started doing so so my feet will look nice wearing women's flip-flops! I also polish my fingernails clear and leave them with some length. I love platform shoes and tight bellbottoms, hey that is why I am That70sMan! But I also think that if women can cross gender lines, men can too, as long as you have what it takes to look cute (like me!!) You dig?!

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john h

I am a 58 year old straight married man and I wear black nail polish on my toenails. I have worn grey nail polish on my fingernails. Right now I am wearing copper colored polish on my fingernails.

The comments are quite muted, even at the conservative church that I am a member. I do get a good natured ribbing from a retired Dallas police officer at the church. Now my wife makes sure she does not wear the same color on her fingernails that I do.

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cyn.

I'm a girl and I barely take care of my nails (i.e.- get manicures), so I wouldn't want my man to get his nails prepped, lol

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ashley_87
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Why is that a reason for your guy not to take care of his nails? Would you rather they be gross? If it is one of the things he likes to do to feel good about himself, what does it matter? Men get manicures more and more frequently; they just don’t get them painted. Call it whatever you want (metro is what comes to mind usually), but if we can cross gender boundries comfortably, why can’t they?

lovelyssm
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I’d say I have better hygiene than my gf does. She doesn’t have a problem with it and neither do I.

cyn.
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No need to go to extremes: I also would not want my bf to have gross nails…If my guy decides to get manicures, then I cannot and will not stop him. That’s his preference and I have mine.

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dan_6

Is this a serious question? Cuz it just seems not right to me. Absolutely cool to the gay/bi/whatever scene but for the ordinary hetero? no way!

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ryan_85

i'm a 29 year old guy who's been wearing nail polish on his feet for 5 years now (my wife usually paints them for me, she's fine with it as long as it's not pink). i got my first manicure at a spa 3 days ago and the girls there did not want to paint my toes (black this time, figured i'm in public i won't go totally overboard), but it wasn't until my wife spoke up that they agreed to do it.

most of my friends have seen it at some point, one of them even took his socks off to show me his toes (which were a bright blue) - he smiled and asked "ya like?" and seemed quite happy to be able to share this 'secret' with my wife and i.

i have had clear polish on my fingers for months at a time (removed/reapplied) and my coworkers noticed but never commented on it. many people are afraid of the societal backlash, but the fact is that it rarely occurs (most people just shrug it off if it's not their thing).

Quite honestly, after having the first time i did this i felt that i had a better understanding of why women do it. it was my wife's idea for me to learn and understand what she goes through - in addition to some mascara/lipgloss/foundation/eyeliner for a 'bigger picture', then she laughed and said 'now picture it's late at night and all you want to do is sleep, and use 'this' to get the stuff off. good luck. since then i have never questioned the time it takes my wife (or any other woman) to get ready.

sorry for a bit of a rant here, but i think that it's something more people should try (i feel pretty, oh so pretty...) and people should stop making a fuss about it.

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new to color

Here's my two cents worth! I am 67, widowed with two grown children and two grand-children. I just started wearing colored nail polish about two months ago. For the record, I am straight and I like wearing the colors and will not stop. I looked the other night when I changed colors on my toes at the condition and how my plain toes looked and I can tell you that there is no other way to describe them except they were UGLY! After they were repainted, boy did they look good. So don't tell me that men should not wear polish because you would be wrong with capital letters. Granted, it should be a personal choice....but a choice to be made by the man. I think that we should extend the color to our fingernails as well. Why? Because it hides a lot of DIRT AND GREASE. Men do a lot of dirty work (and before I hear from the ladies) so do the ladies if they have chosen that type of carrier or work. Another thing, what is wrong with a man trying to look "nicer" or "cleaner". Why should he have to go around in grungy clothes and look like a slob to be macho. To me, trying to be macho is caving in to this society we talk about. I like to hunt, fish, and do all the "manly" things, so I ask that my masculinity not be questioned. However, receiving pedicures and manicures, as you girls know, can be very relaxing and fun. Yes, I said FUN for guys and gals. So the bottom line is this, there is no one to tell you what to wear except yourself and Almighty God. Therefore, let's not judge one another and just be ourselves with or without polish. Have a Bless Day and keep on polishing with clear or color!

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chris_44

I really do not understand why people associate men being gay with men wearing nail posish - it's two completely different things that are mutually exclusive. Gay men are attracted to other men. Period. I have a good friend that happens to be gay, and I know that he has no interest at all in wearing nail polish.

On the other hand, I am not the least bit gay. I have a strong attraction to women, and zero attraction to men. And, you may have guessed it, I enjoy wearing polish on my toes. I like everything from clear polish, to blues, silvers, and I currently have french tips. I am very sure that this has nothing to do with my sexual orientation.

I would even go as far as to say to all the men that are dead set against pedicures, that if they were to go to a nail salon, and have a cute girl massage their feet and legs, and then apply polish, that 90% of them would go back. Guaranteed.

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markus_11

Wow, lots of mutual support here for guys being a bit more self-expressive than what might be considered 'typical'.

I'll join the lot, I really enjoy wearing color on my toenails too! It not only got me to pay more attention to the condition of my feet, but I just like the way you can use color to enhance your look and give your mood a lift.

I began this on the coaxing of my wife while we were enjoying a pedicure together. She chose a darker silver/gray for her pedicure and I gave here some guff about it looking 'like a guy color'. So, she challenged me to try it and we'd see how guy-like it looked on my feet. I remember feeling a bit odd as the girl doing my nails was applying the polish, but the result was that it did look rather masculine and both wife and and I liked it! Since trying it that first time, I decided that I would wear it more often during the warmer months.

Maybe it's not for everyone, but I enjoy it and am pretty much sold on the idea.

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mike_70

I'm all for it too. Been doing it for a few years. Blues, purples, silver, more guys colors. I'm just big on self expression. Guys an Girls. If guys are going with color just take care of your feet as women do. Enjoy!

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james_32

My girlfriend had asked me to let her paint my nails for quite some time and finally I gave in. She painted my toenails a slivery-gray and my fingernails a very dark green. We spent the weekend together doing all kinds of fun things, including going out to restaurants and stuff. I was surprised how little I actually noticed the nail polish, but I’d catch people staring and get reminded. My girlfriend was very supportive, and she had painted her nails the same color so at least we were matching. Since then, we’ve made it a regular thing – we’ll paint our nails and have weekends of fun activities. I’ll admit, it is growing on me, though I don’t think I’d be comfortable showing my nails to anyone I know. Kinda hot in the bedroom actually – when I notice our hands together and all those black (or whatever color we have that weekend) nails. I think if society were different, I’d probably wear nail polish all the time, but due to the nature of my job and just society’s overall comfort/acceptance of nail polish on guys, I think I’ll have to keep the remover handy.

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