Title

Body Depilation in Males: A New Body Image Concern?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2002

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.3149/jmh.0103.247

Abstract

We asked participants to describe how they felt just after shaving or trimming their body hair, and we also wanted them to compare that feeling with how they felt when the hair had grown back and the need to shave arose. The responses were highest in the categories of "clean/cleaner" (N = 14) and "good/better" (N = 9). Other descriptors included "better-looking" (N = 4), more "athletic or muscular" (N = 3), better "self-esteem or self-confidence" (N = 3), "healthier" (N = 2), "thinner or weighs less" (N = 2), and "sexual" (N = 2). For the comparison of how they would feel just before depilation, participants said: they felt "dirty" (N = 5) or "self-conscious" (N = 2). Other unique comments were, for example, "feeling bristly," "less presentable," "less muscular," "shameful," "shaggy," or "feel like I can't control it [i.e., the growth of the hair]."

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

International Journal of Men’s Health, v. 1, issue 3, p. 247-257

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