• Wed, Dec 19 2012

Poll: Is It Just Me, Or Is Chest Hair On Men Totally Gross?

It's like a blanket for your chest!

It’s like a blanket for your chest!

I loathe chest hair. I always have, and considering my age and the fact that I’ve yet to learn to love it, I probably never will. It’s weird, wiry and collectively gathers in strange places on a man’s chest. Have you ever seen a chest hair cowlick? I have. It’s not pretty.

The other night I was out with two friends who, mind you, are younger than me by more than a few years. And as I’m sitting there asserting my disdain for chest hair, the two of them were all but swooning over it. They love it, they think it’s sexy; so I just stared off into the distance and thought of a chest hairless world. I also thought of bunnies; brown ones, to be exact.

While I’d never say that chest hair is a dealbreaker because, come on, the majority of men over 30 have it (and some way younger than that, too), it’s definitely something that makes me a wee bit squeamish.

I had assumed I’d grow into the reality of chest hair, but I just never did. I also assumed I’d get over my affinity for skateboarders, but that never happened either. And when guys pull that v-neck t-shirt shit and the hair is all puffed out as the gentleman in question is acting like a peacock strutting his manliness, it’s even worse.

I know I’m crazy. I know it probably has something to do with my dad and my Peter Pan complex, but I also know that of the men I’ve been with, not more than a handful had chest hair — even those in their late 30′s! So maybe my senses have been trained to scoff at it because of this fact. Or maybe I just don’t like a scratchy place to lay my head in bed.

What are your thoughts about chest hair on men?

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  • jamiepeck

    I am not a fan of chest hair either. Luckily, my boyfriend only has a teeny tiny bit of it and does not seem to be growing any more. Hooray for guys who stay twinks into their 30s!

  • Candace

    James Bond. Sean Connery James Bond. Thats the reason chet hair has been giving me a big lady-boner since I was like 12.

  • JennyWren

    I honestly don’t care either way. As long as he keeps it clean (shampooing/conditioning facial/chest hair makes it softer and more snugly) it’s all good. But I don’t get upset if it’s missing either. Honestly, I feel this is like the pubic hair debate- it’s fine if you personally don’t care for it, but describing someone’s perfectly natural and appropriate body hair as “gross” feels a bit judgey and wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I assume “bunnies–brown ones” was a tacit blowjob reference.

  • Kate

    I quite like chest hair. However, I think it’s very mean to say that it’s ‘gross’. If a man said that they found women’s body hair gross, we’d all get pretty mad about that! Chest hair is natural, and I can understand if you have a preference for/against it, but to call it gross and make it a dealbreaker is shallow.

  • meteor_echo

    No, it’s just you. Chest hair is nice.

  • KJM

    I looooooooove chest hair. I holds the smell of my boyfriend’s soap and the laundry smell from his shirts and his own special scent and it just smell sooooooo fucking good. I like to rub my face in it. Also, Sean Connery. SO SEXY OM NOM NOM.

  • Dilemma

    I can take it or leave it. My dude has a patch across the top of his chest. It’s taken me 2 years but I’ve finally convinced him to let me shave it into a bat symbol.

  • Fabel

    Nooo, I LOVE chest hair! The more the better. It’s sexy & comforting & like KJM said, holds all those good man scents. I once told my boyfriend that I wanted to shrink myself (like into Thumbelina size) so I could frolic in his chest hair, that’s how much I want to bury my face in it. That blanket effect is a turn-on.

  • Danielle

    I find the look of a waxed chest absolutely repulsive. I want a man not a prepubescent boy. Every man who waxes his chest just looks like a gay porn star to me.

    • http://twitter.com/keanesian Meghan Keane

      Concur.

    • meteor_echo

      Are you per chance one of those women who also find a waxed vagina repulsive because it looks like it belongs to a prepubescent girl? I’ve always loathed this argument – an adult’s chest looks entirely different from a boy’s.

  • Sean

    While the article made me kind of sad, these comments have given me hope. :-)

  • Ms. Pants

    I find myself more and more attracted to it as I get older. I mean, I don’t specifically *seek out* chest hair or anything, but I do appreciate its existence. So long as it doesn’t blend into a back-sweater, we’re good.

  • RM

    I once spent the night with a guy who waxed his chest. While not my preference, it seemed ok until the morning. A little beard burn on the face from morning stubble hurts. On one’s entire body? OUCH. I never slept with him again. No thank you.

  • hmhque

    For me, no chest hair = a boy. I like a man, thank you very much!

  • Maggie

    I don’t mind chest hair in the least, because at least it isn’t back hair!

  • Guest

    I don’t really mind either way, I just get used to whatever the situation is. I’ll say this though, I once had sexytimes with a hairy dude who shaved everything…well. We did not do it again, as I do not like f*****g sand paper.

  • LCT

    Nope, I support you. It makes me cringe. I don’t mind a bit if it’s kept trimmed and under control, but the full-torso merkin look? No thanks.

    And yes, this does reflect my opinions of my own body hair. :)

  • Ellie

    That’s Ok. You keep your pasty, hairless boys, and leave the men to us.

    • anon

      Boom, roasted

  • lucygoosey74

    How is Tom Selleck talking into an unplugged phone handset? In the ocean? So weird. I really want to know who dreamed up that photo! As for chest hair, I guess I don’t really care either way..unless it’s EXTREME chest hair. If my husband had it I would learn to live with it because I love him, but it would not be my preference.

  • Cate

    For me it really depends on the guy. There are guys who really rock it and then there are guys who…don’t. Either way, I’d much prefer an entire rug than I would waxed, shaved, or otherwise depilated body hair of any kind.

  • Tania

    I’m indifferent. I don’t love it, I don’t hate it. I have a slight preference for men with less body hair, but I’m also one of those women who would never, ever date a man with facial hair. It is a huge turn-off.

  • Kristen

    I do have a preference for the “slip and slide” (i.e. a smooth chest), but it’s not a dealbreaker if the guy is otherwise all-around awesome. However, I personally believe that any guy with a thick layer of fur does not have the right to demand that I be hairless without being willing to engage in any similar grooming habits at my request (I’ve encountered a number of guys that clearly believe a double-standard [he should be allowed to be hairy because it makes him "manly," while I need to be hairless because body hair on women is "gross"] in this area is fine).