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"Emphasis on body image prompts more men to shave their chests"

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Janna S, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. Janna S

    Janna S Second Unit

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    Excerpts from a recent wire service article:
    It's the naked truth. More and more men are shaving ... their chests. Yeah, it's a wooly concept. But check out your men's magazines. Check out your TV and movie stars. Check out your hip-hoppers, boy bands or just about any dude in his late teens or 20s preening on the campus quad or during spring break.
    Heck, if you want just ask the guys of Kappa Sigma at the University of Kansas. No, not models or bodybuilders. Just regular old Middle American men.
    "Put it this way," junior Brian Horn said on the phone. "there are six guys in this room right now, and out of that number ... wait ... hey, hey, quiet down! How many of you guys shave your chests? One, two, there are three guys out of six who do."
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    Marianne Butler, director of photography for Men's Health magazine, concedes that in the five years she has been there she can think of only one or two occasions when the magazine has photographed a man who wasn't either shaved or naturally bare chested.
    "Should a model come in with chest hair," she said, "we would shave him."
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    "I think it just comes from advertising," [Jennifer] Mangan [co-owner of Exposure Model and Talent Agency Inc. in Kansas City] said. "There is so much moire emphasis today on the body. They are so inundated from the time they are young with images that tell them they have to be sexy and have the perfect body."
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    Ian Worthington, a professor of ancient Greek history at the University of Missouri Columbia, notes that among the younger citizens of ancient Thebes, Athens and Corinth, "it was believed that chest hair hid the body beautiful."
    Look at Adonis. Look at Michelangelo's neoclassical sculpture of David. Look at most Greek statutary. You might see a few beards, but rarely is there a chest hair in sight.
    ,,,
    This way lies madness, guys. Fight back by just being what you are.
    Janna
     
  2. Jeff Ulmer

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    Now, if they would only start on their backs... [​IMG]
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    I would like to see how Michelangelo could have sculpted body hair. [​IMG]
    I'm hairy and proud of it! I also don't mind it if my wife leaves her legs and armpits natural. I guess it's just the beast in me. [​IMG]
    I'd grow a beard if it wasn't so itchy. I hate shaving, but I've tried a beard before and didn't like it. So I shave my beard only twice a week.
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    I guess I'm still stuck in the old Burt Reynolds ideal... I'll keep my chest hair, thank you very much. [​IMG]
    /mike
     
  6. Michael Warner

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    Well, maybe the recent return to favor of the Manly Man will end this silly practice. Just go with what you have or don't have. Just so long as things don't swing too far in the other direction as hairy chest wigs aren't too keen either.
     
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    Nipple hairs!? Aw, Ron, cut it out!
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  9. Jeff Kleist

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    Yeah, I have very very little chest hair, I just shave it because it gets itchy
    Jeff Kleist
     
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    I had my chest waxed once. Once.
    Let me tell you, that hurts more than tatooing, body piercing or having a gum graft done.
    Never again.
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    Hair???? Us asians are naturally pretty much hairless on the chest area. Makes us smooth like butter and more aerodynamic for when we bike topless.. [​IMG]
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  12. Kevin Potts

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    I guess it's a good thing I don't do any bike riding then. With all the hair I've got it would probably flap around so much it'd put out someones eye. [​IMG]
    Good thing my GF doesn't mind the monkey back look.
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    Hey I'm hairy and proud of it, my girly loves stroking the forest of hair on my chest, she's already lost a shoe, her cigarette lighter and an ashtray in there, once the cat went missing and we could hear it meaowing in my chest hair, weird! [​IMG]
    Theres an old proverb (ok actually from an old Bond movie) which goes "Bird never make nest in bare tree", and my bird sure loves nesting in my tree, besides to shave my bodyhair a lawnmower would be needed.
    P.S.She also loves nuzzling the hair on my palms too....
     
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    I'm a hairy bastard, I admit it.
    Never any complaints from the females though... so no point in waxing/nair'ing/shaving
     
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    Think Austin Powers. That's me with the shag-carpet chest. Yeah baby!!!
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  19. Dome Vongvises

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    Yep, Asians are pretty hairless.
    Anothe one for the people from the east. [​IMG]
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  20. Bhagi Katbamna

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    My wife likes my chest hair.
     

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