Male Body Hair: When Did It Become A Bad Thing?

Marcio & Marcus Patriota Stewart Shining for Made in Brazil magazine

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The setup is simple. For the first time in his life Steve Carrell’s hapless naif has a date with an actual woman. His friends decide he needs help. First order of business: lose the chest hair. What once would have been a point in his favour – a thick rug traditionally signifying virility – is now a liability. Not to mention kind of gross. The scene – a stern Asian woman rips out his hair in strips, while he screams agonised curses – is very funny. But more than that, it says a lot about modern man’s attitude to his body: what makes it desirable to others, and what doesn’t.

Read more here at The Guardian.