Pick Your Spot


Society has advanced at an alarming rate over the past few decades. But, as Stefanie Haigh discovers, men are just as disgusting as always. Or are they?


I thought the gross, greasy, gruesome teenager character went out with Kevin and Perry in the 90s, but it seems 
this is not the case. Or maybe I just haven’t watched enough of Skins and The Inbetweeners. You are more likely to 
find me hooked to the trials and tribulations at Downton Abbey or even Dave’s new legal drama Suits, that is all 
about making a good first impression in an impeccably tailored piece.

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” 

                                                                                                              – Mark Twain, author.


The other night I was on my way home from a drink with a friend, where we had, amongst other things, discussed books and the theatre. Yes, even Les Mis at one point… although Legally Blonde did come up later on. I came out of the tube station and was walking down the high street when I glanced into a fried chicken shop (first mistake) to see a guy squeezing his spots in the mirror, whilst his mate and the two employees behind the counter just watched him. Health and Safety? Hygiene? Common decency? None of the above I am afraid.

This got me thinking: are we kidding ourselves that we are becoming more sophisticated in this world? This is a distinct possibility. Fashion is moving towards the old gentlemanly way of dressing with tweed jackets with elbow patches and three piece suits making a comeback and yet we still everyday encounter dirty fingernails, spot-poppers and nose-pickers on our daily commute.


Horrified by my recent sighting, I hurried along and tweeted of this vile happening. It wasn’t long before I started 
receiving replies from people equally incredulous. If you are guilty of this, please keep this behaviour to the privacy 
of your bathroom, we beg of you.



And whilst I’m sure that this does not apply to the average discernable Gridlock reader, I am still abhorred to believe that we still have men who find this behaviour acceptable in public. Please prove me wrong, gents! Oh and in addition, just as I finished a draft of this article I came across a television advert in keeping with this theme. Whilst the suave combover hairstyle is making a huge comeback (go with it guys, it looks good), MTV still insist on allowing the cast members of Geordie Shore to conclude ‘from the combover comes the legover. Bosh’ (cue smarmy grin). Oh, how Twain must weep in his grave.

This article first appeared on Gridlock Magazine.

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