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What Do You Prefer When It Comes to Manscaping?

Whereas the 20th century led women to remove much of their body hair, it wasn't until recently that dudes got into deep depilating. (If you missed it, check out this back waxer.) Now, razor companies aim to persuade guys to shave most of it off — pits, chest, pubes. Brands such as Gillette and Nivea are targeting guys by posting videos of how to shave their bodies, not-so-subtly implying that the less hair they have, the more action they'll get from ladies.

But will they? While I appreciate a well-groomed man, I don't love the idea of a nearly hairless one. Years ago, I dated a guy who shaved all of his body hair. His arms and legs were always prickly, which I found uncomfortable and unpleasant. And I know hairy guys who feel unnecessarily embarrassed for having a little (or a lot of) fur on their chests and backs. Overall, I'd be happier if body hair weren't treated like the worst thing evah — for both men and women. Would you rather see men look natural, completely shaved, or somewhere in between?

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staple-salad staple-salad 8 years
I like guys with the body hair they naturally have, whatever that may be. Hairless guys creep me out. And publess just sounds unappetizing.
dani17731 dani17731 8 years
Wow, this is crazy. People actually shave their arms?!?! Why? If you're not a swimmer what's wrong with arm hair? I like a little hair on a guy; it's more masculine. But if they feel uncomfortable about it, I'd help them shave if off!
skyslang skyslang 8 years
I find shaved men a little creepy. Much prefer a natural looking guy. That being said, a little trimming if he's very hairy is wonderful.
chatnoir chatnoir 8 years
I say.. NO TO JUNGLES. It's about time men are grooming. Bare is so much better!
ivygreene ivygreene 8 years
I am so glad they're are more guys into grooming! I myself prefer a near hairless man, the same way that I prefer myself near hairless. but to each their own. however I'm not glad about guys who feel guilted into hair removal because of some ad.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Eh, I don't agree w/ Anonymous' hard-line view, but I concur w/ those who say body hair for men is absolutely appropriate. It's crazy to let razor companies dictate the amount of hair on any man's body. I trim the pubes and sometimes shave down kinda far on my chest, and as I've no back hair there's one less thing to worry about. I think a hairy/moderately hairy man is sexy.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
I like a little body hair, my only preference is a little trimming at the groin. My husband is a bit hairy, shoulder patches and all, and it doesn't bother me at all. Personally I find chest hair to be really sexy. That being said, the man sweater might be a bit much at first, but I don't think I'd mind it.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Back hair is kind of a turn off, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker. I try to look past that stuff. And thats cute what his wife says, Bella! I donno. Everyone has their body flaws, you know? I love chest hair! My fiance hates his and shaves it every now an again, but I prefer him to just let it go natural. Its so masculine.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I hate body hair. I think it's absolutely disgusting. I can barely tolerate it on my arms. That would be a deal breaker for someone I just met. Man grooming is a must. The only place I agree with you guys is the pubs. I don't think anyone should shave it all off. I prefer when people, men and women, keep the edges shaved and the top trimmed, otherwise they can end up looking to prepubescent and that's not sexy.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
DestinyA, I once dated someone who had the puffy shirt thing going on because of his back hair. He was very self-conscious about it, poor guy. I have another friend who's extremely fuzzy, but his wife doesn't care at all. She says he keeps her warm during the cold Chicago winters. :)
Vanonymous Vanonymous 8 years
Body hair doesn't bother me as long as it's not coming out of his nostrils. eeeew.
DestinyA DestinyA 8 years
My poor hubby has a very fuzzy back. We keep it trimmed so it doesnt make his shirts puff out, but I always feel horrible for him when people go on body hair rants around him. They can't help it if they have hair. And I agree with the prickly comments - I don't like it when he shaves or trims the hair too close and it gets sharp. Plus, I don't want to have to shave his back every week, because he certainly can't reach it.
khameel khameel 8 years
I just can't deal with back hair. Hair anywhere else is fine with me, though.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 8 years
as long as I can't TELL he's a man-scaper, but i don't mind hairiness. now, if he's a swimmer... then he's not gonna have any body hair and that is the ONLY time i'm gonna accept a smoothie.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
I'm not very picky about that type of thing. Some grooming is good if there's a lot of hair but I would find it ridiculous if people started becoming as grossed out with a male's body hair as they are with a female's if she doesn't feel like getting rid of it, which I also find kind of ridiculous and immature.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
Back hair and shoulder pads of hair are a big no for me. A trimmed groin area is a plus if the guy is naturally hairy. I want a man, not a boy.
telane telane 8 years
I like everything to be nicely trimmed and groomed. Not shaved, though. I'm also not really into back hair at all.
kittylitter1 kittylitter1 8 years
I agree with mondaymoos - back hair isn't my thing, but I actually prefer a guy with some hair on his chest, and the rest of the body is just fine with some fuzz too. A guy with no body hair looks more like a boy than a man to me.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I draw the line at back hair. I could care less about hair anywhere else.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
somewhere in between, i don't like when a guy has a lot of chest or back hair. By a lot i mean as much as the guy in that waxing video you posted yesterday. Also i prefer if the guy trims his pubes
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