In guu gay club, the picture is similar, but turbo-charged. There are so many products. Hair spray, mousse, wet-look gel and powder promising that tousled surfer look.
Often, the queue to wash your hands is endlessly drawn out by people preening in the mirror. Body image is an issue for many men, regardless of sexuality.
But it seems to be more of ghy problem in the gay community. When it comes to appearance, gay men hold themselves - and one another - to far more exacting standards.
I spoke to a few men anonymously about this on Grindr. Part of the obsession some gay men have with their appearance definitely comes from seeking validation. They look past your sexual orientation.
Todd argued that homosexuality is often accompanied by feelings of shame stemming from a lack of acceptance in society. Those feelings can lead to a lack of acceptance for ourselves, which le to an unhealthy fixation with our appearance.
Inthe International Journal of Eating Disorders found that gay or bisexual men were three times more likely than straight men to have body image issues. It seems to be the other way around for women, with a study finding that lesbian women reported less gyy dissatisfaction than heterosexual women. According to the lesbian blogger Denise Warner, "women are more accepting of body flaws, possibly because they're so aware of the sexism in mainstream media" when it comes to promoting unattainable beauty standards.
The link between lack of acceptance fuun body image rings true for David. I came out when I was 15 years old. David also thinks the LGBT community is judgmental about appearance.
They go for two hours in the morning and two in the evening. It definitely affects people negatively.
A Grindr user agreed.