Here is a comment I posted today in response to this article… http://anonymous8.com/men-body/manscaping-part-2/ at:
Hi Brooks 17. May, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Where to start…literally! I’ll be the 1st man man-enough to man-in on this one, but first here is a post from @streettopeak on Twitter that I ran on April 1st when my wife suggested I shave my head:
The Khan, the Dalai Lama’s, Sinead O’Connor, Agassi, Jordan, Kelly Slater, Michael Stipe, XXX, KD Lang – summer, the hair is off.
Every man knows less hair = more speed (and we’ll leave the makelovenotporn.com explanations there). Arms, legs, chest, shoulders and back for those sad souls who need to, all of it is measured in MPH. In the sporting life from sprinting, to swimming, to racing bikes, to surfing we all know, or at the least subscribe to the belief, that shaving is one step closer to the podium. Just look at 9 time world champion Kelly Slater – surfer if you’ve been away the last two decades. When he had hair he was OK, but when it came off (and he dated Pamela…better toss that in) we all knew it was ON…did I say 9 time world champion? And at nearly 40 he’s en route to #10 this season sitting on top of the ASP leaderboard. Michael Jordan, Agassi, Carl Lewis, every boxer, ever…the best of the best, it’s a long list.
Sports, music, art, culture, Punk Rock, skateboard, Sinead O’Connor and KD Lang (it’s not just men) have curbed the gen-X and Y crowd, and now younger (generation-i I like to call them) have all come to a tipping point where traditional society and the corporations and baby boomers who brought them here are the antithesis of new age culture. The collapse of corporate confidence, the newspapers replaced by Twitter and Facebook, half-pipe in the Olympics and the ‘free-ride’ scene that has enveloped nearly every action sport to the point that at Nike ‘6.0’ is their top priority and fastest growing division (don’t know what that is…ask your kids). The media age has spun the world beneath their parent’s feet and left them asking “when did that happen?” If you haven’t been paying attention mom’s and dad’s, ‘Less is more’. Like Ferris said, ‘Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t look around once in a while you could miss it.” Back to Manscaping…
40 years and a month later here I am…and my wife looks at my now weekly buzzed dome and half-shaven beard – about the same length as the hair on my head – and says with one of those smiles, you know the one, “You have a ‘look’ now.”, and I laugh. Trimmer I picked up in college, no hair cuts to pay for, no hair, half a beard and that is the new cool…bike shorts, OluKai flip-flops, and a Dakine T with a 1930 something poster girl…and that’s at work…summer is here men, start shaving.