July 09, 2009
The Selling of Androgyny

Sure, okay, the gorillas had hair on their chests and Tarzan didn’t. And Batman was apparently as hairless as Robin. And Superman looked body-waxed.

But seriously, men, if I may call you that, how pathetic is this?

Little research has been done on male body depilation. But a 2005 study published in the journal Sex Roles found that 63.6 percent of 118 men at the University of South Florida said they trimmed or removed body hair below the neck to be hygienic and attractive. And in a yet-to-be-published survey of 364 male students at the same university, more than 80 percent said they engaged in body depilation, said Michael Boroughs, the lead author of both studies and a graduate student in psychology>…

In May, Gillette started a series of how-to and why-do-it videos online suggesting that men go further with body shaving. The rationale varied by part. Chest? “A sweater should be bought not grown.” Armpits? “An empty stable smells better than a full one.” And their coup de grâce is the groin: “Trees look taller when there’s no underbrush.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at July 09, 2009 02:31 PM
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I'm sorry, this is too disgusting.

Beard stubble is one thing, but there is nothing more foul than groin stubble.

Posted by: karen marie on July 9, 2009 4:44 PM

If you're going to shave it off, you have to shave it smooth, not stubbly.

Posted by: Mike Goldman on July 9, 2009 8:08 PM

South Florida. Same survey would probably find 25%+ penetration on cosmetic surgery among males at USF; higher among females. Skin cancer will thin them out.

Posted by: on July 9, 2009 10:14 PM

Well, I don't know whether I was lucky or cursed. When I was a distance runner in college, I suppose from the waist up I looked like the guy in those advertisements of the 98 pound weakling who got sand kicked in his face. Never did grow a bit of hair on my chest and now I've almost lost all the hair I had on my head, one of two places that I had a shaggy mane.

Posted by: Buck on July 9, 2009 10:18 PM
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