Grooming & Style
How Girls Really Feel About Manscaping
By Elizabeth Narins
You’re sitting across the table from a girl who’s so hot even you can’t believe she agreed to go out with you. Things are going well ... that is, until you slip your hand beneath the table to graze her leg and find your fingers tangled in the forest of her straggly, overgrown leg hair.
Horrified? Fair enough. But have you ever considered how she might respond to your unkempt underbrush? In the interest of fairness, we asked our no-holds-barred Men’s Life Today Girl Panel™ to share their real feelings about your head-to-toe topiary. We think you’ll find the results enlightening.
“Very curly chest hair is not attractive.” -- Samantha
“Trimming to make it less ‘mountain man’ is OK -- but straight razor-shaving is not.” -- Stacey
“A ‘happy trail’ never fails.” -- Stella
“You Tarzan, me Jane. All men should have armpit hair, but I can’t imagine it ever being a deal-breaker if someone doesn’t.” -- Danielle
“Just shower.” -- Stacey
“Do not shave your arms. Ever. In the words of Liz Lemon of “30 Rock,” ‘That’s a deal-breaker, ladies.’ As long as I can still see some actual arm, it’s not a problem.” -- Veronica
“Back hair is gross and unattractive.” -- Samantha
“Back hair is never -- I repeat, never -- sexy. If it looks like a bear rug is peeking out from behind your collar, please take it off. All of it.” -- Stella
“A hairy back beats bacne, I guess.” -- Natalia
“If you cut an inch, you can ‘grow’ an inch ... if you know what I mean.” -- Stacey
“If it’s a jungle down there, let’s just be friends.” -- Danielle
“If you’re a woolly mammoth everywhere else, the legs are the last thing you have to worry about.” -- Natalia
“I’m the only one that’s supposed to be smooth!” -- Danielle
“They better be hairy, or I’ll wake up and think I’m spooning my best friend.” -- Veronica
“Try to strike a balance between rugged and delicate: Give me some neat, well-groomed body hair that tastefully shows off your masculinity, and surprise me with some baby-smooth skin I can run my hands across.” -- Stella
“Hair on a guy represents his manly side (in my opinion) but too much hair makes the guy look like a Neanderthal.” -- Samantha
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Elizabeth Narins is group editor of Men’s Life Today and Style and Tech for Men at Studio One Networks. The former YourTango.com Love Buzz blogger upholds a strict no-tolerance policy toward male back hair. Follow her @ejnarins.
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