February 18, 2010 | 3 Comments
I look forward to shaving, in much the same way that I look forward to having my fingers broken, or getting stabbed in the leg by a gangster in Adderley Street.
Ever so often then, I enjoy sending the razor off on vacation, usually at the very back of the bathroom cabinet, and will instead spend a couple of days cultivating some manly face fur. I like to think it makes me look ruggedly handsome, like a young Benicio Del Toro, or perhaps a slightly prettier version of Russel Crowe. The Girlfriend on the other hand, likes to think it makes look like a giant wally with pubic hairs growing off my face.
Because of this, growing a beard has developed into a bi-monthly battle of wills – I will steadfastly refuse to shave, she will steadfastly refuse to sleep with me. Eventually, I am almost always the one to blink first, leading to my welcome re-admittance to the communal bed, but it does lead me to wonder just how popular beards and moustaches still are today.
Since the days of Magnum PI, starring Tom Selleck and that magnificent moustache, there haven’t been too many hairy sex symbols for women to swoon over. This is either because men find facial hair difficult to grow, or because women have developed a disliking for rough bristles rubbing against their inner thighs. Either way, it appears that men with moustaches and beards are now in the minority.
A recent study at a local medical institute found that 87% of women preferred clean shaven men to the hairier variety. This resonates with me as, out of the approximately 20 women who I interact with on a regular basis, three of them enjoy the company of hairy men.
So what do the rest of the women think?
Hair or no hair? Let’s hear your thoughts.
Oakes signing off.