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Posted on 09 October 2014

To manscape or not to manscape?: that is the question.

Manscaping is a relatively new practice for men. It really only became mainstream in the past decade, and has grown to become a major area of concern (and confusion) for men. I asked several men and woman their opinions on this topic. The leading question: Is too much "manscaping" feminine, or is too much hair considered disgusting and unattractive?

Over the years, attitudes toward body hair have changed. From 70’s afro-au-naturale, to the so called Hollywood Bare (Brazilian/boyzilian), to just simply trimmed and tamed.

When asked their preference of manscaping, most of the ladies were in favor of hair being clean cut, or at least trimmed and tamed. The majority could care less about pits and legs, but had a major issue with back, chest and the "man bush" or hair "south of the border". However, there were some women who thought body hair on men is manly, and prefer a rugged, scruffy look as opposed to a boyish appearance. From a woman's point of view, I would say the majority of women would prefer their guy to trim the bushes a bit and steer clear of the taco meat. Come on guys, you don't want to be lost in the "underbrush" when it comes to us women, so show us the same consideration! Remember the adage, “The shorter the grass, the taller the tree!”

The majority of the men I spoke to were pretty low maintenance; however, they preferred a trimmed "hedge". They also preferred to have a trimmed chest as apposed to a squeaky clean chest, as well as trimmed but not shaven pits. One of the reasons mentioned is that hair locks in heat, so for many men less hair feels more fresh and clean. A few men polled, like some women,believed untrimmed hair is more manly, and felt as though too smooth is entirely too “feminine"or “metro”.

Ok gentlemen, let's take this a bit further and get your opinions on a few more controversial questions. Despite your manscaping preferences, would you change your grooming habits based on the preferences of your partner, or are you set in stone regarding manscaping? And finally, how do you feel about boyzilians and waxing?

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