In Male Impersonators, Mark Simpson explores the range of male life and masculinity, posing witty and important questions about bodybuilding, tattoos, pornography, cruising, advertising, and team sports. Simpson looks at how gay men appropriate the skinhead phenomenon and why; how Marky Mark exploits the hustler mystique and what it says to gay and straight men; how the Men's movement is being sought out by men--straight or gay--who feel alienated from a macho culture, and compares the participation and reactions of men to various "manly pursuits." Throughout, Male Impersonators examines the roles of homoeroticism and narcissism in the male world, and the performativity of masculinity itself.
English author and journalist Mark Simpson is credited/blamed for coining the word 'metrosexual' in an essay titled 'Here come the mirror men' in the UK's Independent newspaper in 1994.
It wasn't however until Simpson introduced his insufferably pretty offspring to the US in 2002, naming David Beckham as the prime exemplar, that the term took off. Simpson is also attributed with introducing us to the 'retrosexual' (in the sense of the anti-metrosexual).
In 2010 the global cool-hunting/trend-spotting website Science of the Time described him as 'the world's most perceptive writer about masculinity'. In 2008 GQ Russia listed him topless and oiled up in their top ten Things That Changed Men's Lives, above Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sigmund Freud - and even Biotherm Homme. Both the New York Times and The London Times acclaimed his saucy concept of 'Sporno' as one of their 'Ideas of the Year'.
Mark Simpson is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including: Saint Morrissey ('Funny, clever, honest, irreverent and egotistical: Simpson is quite the match for Morrissey' - Independent), Sex Terror ('Magnificent... Open Simpson's book anywhere you like as often as you like and you'll find gem-like sentences Zadie Smith would give her white teeth for' Independent on Sunday), and Male Impersonators ('Brilliant' - Observer).
What the critics say about Mr Simpson:
"SIMPSON WRITES WITH ENOUGH PANACHE TO MAKE MOST OF HIS PEERS TOSS THEIR LAPTOPS INTO THE WASTE DISPOSAL AND WEEP" - Simon Price, Independent on Sunday
"THE GAY ANTI-CHRIST" - Vogue
"I ALMOST HATE TO AGREE WITH ANYTHING HE SAYS" - London Review of Books
"AN AMUSED, DETACHED VOLTAIRE" - Independent on Sunday
"ERUDITE, INCISIVE, SASSY... FRESH, HILARIOUS" - Publishers Weekly
"ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST WRITERS AROUND" - Time Out
"BRILLIANTLY BUCCANEERING" - Spectator
"SERIOUSLY FUNNY" - Scotland On Sunday
"SPUNKY'" - Lambda Book Report