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Hairy Geek writes: With the recent ladies question on hair, it got me thinking. What are people’s ACTUAL thoughts on body hair with men? (be it pubic or general body hair)
I used to train a lot and be in great shape, part of my training regimen was Muay Thai (great art I recommend it to anyone BTW). And I am quite a hairy guy (not really a bear, but quite hairy) and often got frustrated with body hair pulling when clinching and grappling in other martial arts. This obviously gets worse as the sweat starts to build up. My instructor said I should shave it off - that’s why a lot of boxers/mixed martial arts guys are bald.
So I did, and it worked a treat, lot better when training (no more pulling and makes escapes easier since you slide off of them) and – in my opinion - looked better when nekkid since you could see the definition more. During the bedroom antics the lack of friction between mine and whatever poor girls body I was awkwardly fumbling with at the time was great too, I found it quite sexy :)
Thing is I have had mixed comments from both the ladies and the men. Some guys said "shaved/waxed chests/whatever is for pussies and 'fags'" (and for the most part, these are overweight men that probably want to have sex with the light off, and if they don’t, they probably should). And the ladies, well they just said they either like hairy men or not.
Sam says: This is really quite an interesting question. Last year I did a survey for a shaving company (with a shaver for all parts of your body, especially below the waist) and what really quite surprised me was how pro-shaving women were. My gut reaction is that women would have found men who shaved rather feminine, but the survey said that they would see it is as a sign of a man that looked after himself.
Now there are a couple of advantages as a man to shaving – if you shave off your pubic hair and go commando you get an extra ‘optical inch’. Apparently your willy looks bigger because it isn’t nestled down amongst all that foliage. However, there's a distinct disadvantage to shaving either your armpits or genital region, as we have lots of hair there for a reason – to capture our sexual body scents and store them up to lure the opposite sex.
Personally I think each man to his own – though for me, chest-waxing seems like a horribly painful business. I’ve got a mate who is a dancer – he has a proper jungle on his chest, and waxing all that off must have been...well, it doesn’t even bear thinking about.
The real thing you are getting at here is the deeply in trenched homophobia that many men have where doing anything - especially shaving - to look after yourself means you must be gay. These sort of men should go and shove one of these right up where the sun don’t shine. I think those sort of men have secret homoerotic fantasies, are probably struggling with their urge to run their hands all over your smooth chest, and are accusing you of being gay to try and assuage their own guilt and fear. Fuck’em, I say!
'Mr Sex' says: I think the Hairy Geek knows exactly what he's on with here, and he doesn't need me to tell him what's what, so I'll be brief. As someone who's been shaving pretty much every other day for the past ten years (the head, and elsewhere whenever it's been necessary or out of boredom) and pretty hirsute elsewhere (a proper Medallion-Man chest and an annoying crop of back-tuft), I fail to see the fuss about it. Then again, I'm not a gym-rat - neatly avoiding the only time in modern life where straight men are bollock naked in front of each other.
The only advice I need to give here is; don't be afraid to experiment. It's your body after all, and it's only hair, for fuck's sake. It grows back. However, if you are prepared to put the clippers or razor to a place where they haven't been before, be prepared for itchiness and mither when it grows back. Oh, and a message to our younger male readers; speaking as a baldie, have as many mad haircuts as you can, while you still have the opportunity.
Your thoughts, please...