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More Men Are Waxing and Shaving 2009-12-16 04:00:02

Manscaping Is Spreading. Do You Approve?

I don't typically give too much thought to "manscaping" as a trend, but after reading this hilarious article, I can't stop. Apparently, more and more men are beginning to feel the same pressure to groom that women have long been subject to. They're shaving their armpits, waxing their nether regions, and getting laser hair removal.

And while it might be tempting to think of this as sweet, sweet comeuppance for those d-bags in college who used to talk about how girls who weren't tanned, waxed, and bleached were "ugly," I just feel sorry for these men. After all, feeling pressured to strip every bit of hair from your body constantly just so that someone will find you "not ugly" is time-consuming, expensive, and terrible for your self-esteem. Regardless of gender, you should be able to do it if you think it's fun or cute, but also be able to give it a pass without a second thought.

What's your grooming threshold for men, though? Does it all need to be bare, do you have a problem with back hair but not the stuff up front, or do you like an adorable fur-ball as long as he's well-groomed?

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Allytta Allytta 7 years
trimming is necessary. they expect it from us and we reciprocate :) waxing for a guy i think is too much. but i have a friend who's girlfriend made him wax his whole body in one go, the poor thing is pretty hairy and he had a fever for 2 days after and couldn't move out of bed. some women have really weird fetishes.
biarose biarose 7 years
Excessive back hair is pretty gross.. but otherwise I really don't mind. Especially down there.. I'd only ask him to trim a little.
MsTyque MsTyque 7 years
Tidying up is good, but not to the point where they look like they haven't hit puberty. :)
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 7 years
I think trying to snuggle with stubble is a lot more icky than the hair on a guy.
brandysbug brandysbug 7 years
I used to prefer little to no hair. Most of the guys I dated before I met my husband were "pretty boys" that were totally into manscaping, a little too much for my preferences. My husband is hairy and sometimes I get on his case about it, but in the scheme of things, it's nothing!
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
Only to an extent.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Yes, down there and under arms (hair traps odor). Other places: his preference is fine.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I don't feel bad about the pressure! Women have had to endure this for years. I am all for manscaping! A little grooming goes a long way!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I do feel bad about the pressure (God knows I hate the pressure to be beautiful too) but I might be adding to it because I like guys with no or little chest hair
astessame astessame 7 years
Some guys are hairy, some guys aren't. Body hair is a fact of life and perfectly natural. If a guy has a hairy chest or what??? Some people just make way too much of hair. Sure, some trimming down below is nice and considerate (they usually expect as much from us...) but leave the rest of it alone. Besides, it's my job to be the pretty one, not his :)
mek123 mek123 7 years
As long as they are clean and groomed, it is their personal preference as it should be with woman.
eskimokissz eskimokissz 7 years
As long as my guy is clean, that's all I care about. What he does about his body hair is his own business. My b/f has a lot of body hair, and I think it's manly. I don't mind it at all, but he likes to remove/trim some of it, because of his personal preferences.
ahles ahles 7 years
Men aren't meant to look like baby mice- any man who chooses to spend his time deciding what bits of hair are socially accepted with modern trends is far too high maintenance for my tastes. Besides, a shaved chest is like sandpaper, and who wants to snuggle that? Unless they shave every single day, and that's an hour that could be far better spent fixing things, building something, feeding homeless, learning world events...
chillchic chillchic 7 years
I approve. Sheesh, too much hair down there is gross.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 7 years
I'm all for manscaping. I abhor body hair and general lack of grooming. It so weird when you see a picture of a couple and the woman looks gorgeous and flawless and the mans looks like he stepped out of a cave with unconditioned hair and rough skin.
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