Is this bad news for the president?
Thanks to Max for pointing out that chest hair may be making a comeback!
At least, over at Salon Tracy Clark-Flory is defending the hirsute and for that I say hurrah! Let the men look like men, says I!
I see a man with hair on his chest and I think (or rather feel, because this is where my rational, feminist brain checks out): You man, me Jane. It’s not that hairiness necessarily makes a man more attractive — please, no one run out for pectoral hair plugs — it’s that natural is sexy, and unvarnished maleness is incredibly erotic. To me, excessive hair removal signals an insecurity and uneasiness with our wild, primal selves. It’s anesthetized masculinity and lust — the total opposite of sensual.
The truth is that the male body in general gets a bad rap.
I agree with that, and I wonder about it.
I mean, in the end, it’s not really important — and yes, we are a society that is actually sick in our toxic obsession with the physical and the material — but there is a social consideration, here. Have clean chests been favored, recently, because our culture has become over-feminized or because it is under-matured?
That’s a good question. Our social behavior (and our values) seem to be suggest a devolving away from maturity and toward a collective case of arrested development that has all age-groups exhibiting the entertainment sensibilities, critical-thinking skills and moral giddiness of 14 year-olds.
…and more comfortable with this?
Does it all have to do with simply being products of our time?
When I was young, I had my posters of the clean-chested Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy up on the wall; I imagine hairless chests are non-threatening, in some way, at least to a 10 year old.
Later on, though, that Magnum picture looked pretty all-right to me. But I think in the end, I concur with Clark-Flory: just be natural. If you have chest hair, be okay with it. If you don’t, don’t worry about it. No plugs, please, and no waxing! The world would be a much healthier, happier place if we humans could climb down from each other’s backs about looks or possessions, that might help us to get off our own insecure backs a bit, too!
What about you, readers? No more Chesty McCheesecakes? What are your theories on why the clean-chested men have been in favor for so long?
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