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Old 08-17-2005, 05:08 AM   #46
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actually I meant to say all

and I have a camera, it's just a simple digital but it'll do

seriously I don't find that magazine appealing, I'd rather look at GQ or something similar

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Old 08-25-2005, 06:27 AM   #47
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I find it interesting that some men think body hair makes you "manly". I would like to hear what men think about that, let's talk about manscaping

The male resistance to waxing is melting away

By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY Wed Aug 24

They skulk in, alone or dragged by their wives or girlfriends - follicularly endowed fellows seeking a drastic solution to their body hair hang-ups: waxing.

"They're somewhat scared and kind of shy because it's new to them," says Hector Peña, general manager of Manhattan's Nickel. The spa for men has seen a surge over the past two years in the number of clients willing to subject their skin to those strips of white muslin all in the name of confidence - on the beach and in bed.

Backs, shoulders, chests, brows and (gulp) nethers are increasingly fair game for de-furring. (Or "manscaping," as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's Fab Five call it.) Forget the tufted torsos epitomized by heretofore hunks like Burt Reynolds and Tom Selleck - they've gone the way of the gold medallion necklace.

Hollywood is taking a hard line against hairiness this year. Consider Hitch's Will Smith, who counsels Kevin James that dating success is as dependent on a fuzz-free back as dancing skills. In My Date with Drew, Brian Herzlinger sees his Chia chest as an impediment to snagging a snuggle session with Drew Barrymore. (Maybe he shouldn't have worried: Barrymore revealed her hirsute armpits at Marc Jacobs' February show, to much clucking from the follicle-phobic fashion flock.)

And then there's The 40-Year-Old Virgin's Steve Carell, who, in the summer's most painfully memorable scene, has ape-ish abs reduced to what Paul Rudd dubs a "man-o-lantern." (Carell, who really did go under the wax-smeared spatula, aborts the procedure after a few patches are yanked off.)

Having too much body hair is akin to having too little head hair, says Stan Williams, fashion and grooming director of Maxim magazine. "A lot of guys are concerned about it, but it's not something you really talk about."

At Nickel, where waxing is the most popular treatment, 60% of the appointments are made by women on behalf of their husbands or boyfriends. Customers range from twentysomethings to fifty-somethings, Wall Street types to truckers. "Girls inquire all the time, 'What do I need to do to get him to come in there?' " says Peña, who began turning his unibrow into two on the advice of a girlfriend.

Not all men are convinced. "Chest hair is back, like fanny packs and aviators," says Jonah Enbar, 20, a rising senior at Northwestern University. "I want it to grow."

Body hair "makes you a man. It's a maturity thing," says Bates College senior Chris Robinson, 21. "I bet it would be ridiculously painful" to take off. But he could be persuaded: "If a girl asked me, yeah, I would do it."

Still, Williams waxes horrific about the eyebrow-raising extremes. "Go to any club and look at these young guys" who have thinned their brows to Norma Desmond wisps. "It's pretty frightening."

When it comes to his chest, the average man clips it or simply lives with it, Williams says. If it's a source of relationship anxiety, "then why are you with (that person)?"

Waxing makes up 35% to 40% of the business at Joq Day Spa for Men in Atlanta. "Men are just becoming a lot more conscious of what their body looks like," spa director Christopher Keever says. "They realize you don't need to go around looking like the missing link."

Even cowboys get the back-hair blues. At Napoleon's for Men, a 2-year-old hot-shave-and-haircut hangout in Boise, guys who are no strangers to reins and rifles will occasionally call and ask whether waxing hurts. "I say, 'You can handle it,' " receptionist Dayna Ross says.

Fear not: Williams says there's a reprieve in sight for those with Brillo-padded pecs. Fall fashion is "woodsy," he says. "So when you emasculate the guy and whip off his hair," it doesn't jibe with what's on the runway - no matter that the men modeling those clothes are as smooth as Michael Jordan's pate.

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Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen
I find it interesting that some men think body hair makes you "manly". I would like to hear what men think about that, let's talk about manscaping

yuck to looking like a plucked chicken.

i like chest hair (though back hair i can do without).

i'm all for body hair, though some carefully applied manscaping in certain areas is never a bad idea, both for the optical illusion of enhancement (ahem) and the reduced possibility of hair caught in the throat.

did i just say that out loud?
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Originally posted by MrsSpringsteen

Being a good listener and friend to a woman (or to another man) is very "manly"

I agree with this one 100%.
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Old 08-25-2005, 09:21 AM   #50
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I wish I could find a man who is a good friend and listener, I guess when you can't even get a man to be interested in you in any sort of romantic way either that's impossible

I found one who is just about the sweetest guy I've ever known, he's married and quite a bit younger than I am, as a friend I can't imagine a more lovely or more manly man. We've never met, I got to know him though here actually. I hardly ever hear from him anymore and I miss that. The qualities he has are so rare in a man, and it just struck me right away.

Oh well, my dog listens to me..sometimes a girl too, figures..

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