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Plutonius

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This article claims that almost half the men shave all or part of their legs. I don't and I can't understand why others do.

Is it as prevalent as this article claims ? Do you believe that men are trying to be spornosexual as the article claims ?
 

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It's not a general survey. It's only a survey of "Men's Health" Facebook followers.

The population being surveyed is self-selecting to: a) join Facebook, b) follow "Men's Health", c) take a survey. That's a lot of inherent selection bias, so I wouldn't expect the survey results to be representative of the overall population, only of the ones meeting the first two self-selection criteria.

Given the self-selection and the reported numbers, it doesn't strike me as odd. Note the largest group of men who do anything with leg hair only trim it. That doesn't seem implausible to me, either, since they don't list any reasons. There can be practical reasons, not just cosmetic ones.

The conclusion of it being "spornosexual" is unsupported by anything in the provided data. There may be data where respondents give their reasons, but if that data exists, it doesn't appear in the article.
 
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I gather that you don't shave your legs either :D ?

Do you think those males that do shave their legs are spornosexual as the article claims ?
today's "males" have no clue what they want to be

there are GUY getting their eyebrows plucked. in my days you would need to lose a bet to do that, today these "males" are doing it because they want to do it. I don't even manscape.
 

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Yep, a definite double standard in the US.

Women are expected to at least shave their underarms and legs.
"Expected"? "At least"? Are you nuts? (I'm following other threads, so I know that you are, what with witch burning, alcohol banning, Trump nominating, second amendment adoration.....it is all quite bizarre and utterly nuts)...

Anyway, I sincerely hope that some women defy these insane and perfectly ludicrous 'expectations'.

As a European, I can gladly say that, well, such "expectations" are less rigidly enforced. And are less rigidly conformed to, as well. Thank the bloody gods I don't believe in.
 

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alexandra-allam/why-women-shave-their-legs_b_7575456.html
I like women who shave, if my lips are going to be all over those places it would be nice if they were smooth.....
Double standard, sunshine.

Seriously, smooth is for children......there is a reason adults grow hair in places that children don't.

And, personally, - while on the topic of hair in places where children don't have it, a personal peeve of mine (some of the time, as, in the strange way of life, some of my best friends are men who sport facial hair) is facial hair: facial hair is something I associate with men who fear soap or who love religion......two major minuses to my mind.
 

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Double standard, sunshine.

Seriously, smooth is for children......there is a reason adults grow hair in places that children don't.

And, personally, - while on the topic of hair in places where children don't have it, a personal peeve of mine (some of the time, as, in the strange way of life, some of my best friends are men who sport facial hair) is facial hair: facial hair is something I associate with men who fear soap or who love religion......two major minuses to my mind.
WHAT about the women who trim their mustaches? same deal?
 

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"Expected"? "At least"? Are you nuts?
Don't get mad at me :). I didn't make it up or am I advocating this social standard. It has been ingrained into the US mindset.

Anyway, I sincerely hope that some women defy these insane and perfectly ludicrous 'expectations'.
I'm sure there are but it's a very small percentage.

I blame it on TV / Hollywood for pushing this standard.
 

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Don't get mad at me :). I didn't make it up or am I advocating this social standard. It has been ingrained into the US mindset.



I'm sure there are but it's a very small percentage.

I blame it on TV / Hollywood for pushing this standard.
not sure it's just the U.S.
listen, nothing wrong hair hair in SOME places, everything is a "choice", you can chose not to shave and males will pick accordingly, if I wanted a set of hairy legs next to mine I would have married Renzatic, or someone else who could make me legal here. lip wrestling chewbacca is entertaining once/twice but after that? I don't want sex to be a flossing session if you know what I mean, leave the landing strip but clear the path around it.
 

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Don't get mad at me :). I didn't make it up or am I advocating this social standard. It has been ingrained into the US mindset.



I'm sure there are but it's a very small percentage.

I blame it on TV / Hollywood for pushing this standard.
I'm not 'mad' at you (except for your mindless support of a complete cretin, namely, Mr Trump).

I don't know whether you subscribe to this double standard or not, but, since you started the thread, I thought I'd call you out on it, anyway, as, I suspected that you might well do so; This is because it is entirely possible that you may be the kind of man who whinges about impossible impositions on men but thinks them perfectly okay if 'society' thinks it appropriate to apply such to women.

Anyway, I'm European, and, believe me, there is nothing in the US I consider worth emulating, above all, their insane - and completely unrealistic standards of the sort of skeletal attractiveness deemed appropriate for females.

I'm European. And, I'm not skeletal, and neither am I hair free........
 
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I'm not 'mad' at you (except for your mindless support of a complete cretin, namely, Mr Trump).

I don't know you subscribe to this double standard or not, but, since you started the thread, I thought I'd call you out on it, anyway, as, I suspected that you might well do so; This is because it is entirely possible that you may be the kind of man who whinges about impossible impositions on men but thinks them perfectly okay if 'society' thinks it appropriate to apply such to women.

Anyway, I'm European, and, believe me, there is nothing in the US I consider worth emulating, above all, their insane - and completely unrealistic standards of stye sort of keletal attractiveness deemed appropriate for females.

I'm European. And, I'm not skeletal, and neither am I hair free........
this is America, even the "males" are "pretty" here, guys plucking their eyebrows :confused:
 

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EXACTLY what I say, still these "males" get dates.
What can I say?

"A rose (sorry, US white, shaven and shorn, Mr Trump voting male) by any other name is just as sweet"?

"Beauty is in the eye of the (exceedingly myopic) beholder"?

Decoding your culture presents a challenge that may be beyond me.
 
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