Man-i-cure

Solomon Jones, Staff Writer

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Young boys are often told “Don’t play with dolls” “Don’t cry”, Don’t show your feelings” and “Be a man!” Toxic masculinity defines us.  Toxic masculinity refers to stereotypically masculine gender roles that restrict the kinds of emotions allowable for boys and men to express, including social expectations that men seek to be dominant (the “alpha male”) and limit their emotional range primarily to expressions of anger.

In order to start exploring the subject of toxic masculinity and other male stereotypes, I engaged in something that has been widely regarded as a “female” ritual…. I got my nails done with Mr. Terrill, XTH Executive Director, at Gloss Nail Bar. The experience was actually kinda fun, especially for it being my first time. I wouldn’t say this is manly because you wouldn’t usually see a man in a nail salon…but its not exclusively girly either. A manicure is a treatment on the hands and fingernails to clean the cuticles and shape the nails.

The only thing that isn’t fun about going to nail salons is that it’s no fun. If the nail technician isn’t interacting with you, you might want to come with a friend. If your technician speaks a different language, try to start a conversation with them about it.The service we had was good, however.   They offered us something to drink and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. The only thing that makes the man version of a manicure girly is the clear polish they put on your nails to remove other oils off.

In all, the experience was great but it’s something I wouldn’t do so often, being a male. There’s nothing wrong with getting manicures it’s just something I wouldn’t usually spend my money on. But, you should give it a try.  You might like it. Tell them Solomon sent you.