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I never thought that I would ask a shaving question, but . .(27 posts)

I never thought that I would ask a shaving question, but . .ms
Aug 20, 2003 8:48 AM
My wife asked this questions to me this morning (while I was applying deodorant to my hairy underarms): If cyclists shave their legs, why don't they shave their underarms? My justifications for shaving my legs are that it precludes sweaty hair on my legs during the summer and makes it easier to apply sunscreen. (Now we know that the real reasons we shave our legs are that our legs look better and shaved legs are the cycling community's equivalent of a fraternity secret handshake.) Using my justifications, my wife said that the same reasons would apply to underarms (substituting deodorant for sunscreen). My only response was that men don't shave their underarms. My wife's retort was that normal men (i.e., non-cyclists) don't shave their legs. So, guys, what is the answer (or at least a smart rejoinder to my wife's retort)?
only possible replymohair_chair
Aug 20, 2003 8:57 AM
I'm sure you realize the only possible reply is "Yes dear, you are right. I'm sorry."

Then do what you want.
"You're right dear"PaulCL
Aug 20, 2003 8:59 AM
Limit your losses. You can't win. Choose your battles. All the reasons, snappy retorts, explanations won't work - she's your wife, she's got you figured out already. Give it up.
If only I had learned to say thay years ago . .ms
Aug 20, 2003 9:38 AM
You and Mohair_Chair have better survival skills than I have. Both of you have the right answer.
"I'm getting in touch with my feminine side" nmrollo tommassi
Aug 20, 2003 9:02 AM
re: I never thought that I would ask a shaving question, but . .roadeeforlife
Aug 20, 2003 9:05 AM
WOW!! You have a smart one!!!!! Since we don't ride around with our arm pits in the air facing the sun, I would say we really don't need to apply sunscreen to our armpits. Also we have allready removed part of our manhood by shaving our legs why would we want to remove the rest of it. OR...... I would just throw in the towel!:)))
the right answer is that...Frith
Aug 20, 2003 9:07 AM
If/when we fall it's easier to clean the wounds when there is no hair. This simply wouldn't apply to armpits (You would have to try really hard to fall on an armpit).
Of course we all no the cleaning wounds explanation is complete bs. It just sounds more macho then "I do it because all the other cyclists do it". And yes if all the cyclists jumped off a bridge I would be right there jumping too!
Why don't you just shave your armpits?MisJG
Aug 20, 2003 9:27 AM
Since when did your manhood depend on whether you had hairy armpits (or legs for that matter?)? Anyone saying that they 'removed their manhood' by shaving their legs must have REALLY SLIPPED with the blade! I am a man, I keep my armpits shaved or at the least, trimmed down, all year long. Maybe your wife was trying to tell you that your pit hair is gross! Shave your armpits. Your deodorant will work better, you'll be able to wash out the stink easier and it looks a whole lot better.
I never really thought about it . . .ms
Aug 20, 2003 9:43 AM
But I am not against trying it. How often do you do it? It seems like a trim would require less maintenance than a shave. Does it itch if you don't do it often enough?

Although my wife was yanking my chain about shaving my legs, I also think that she was trying to tell me that my pit hair is gross. What kinds of reactions have you received from others when they discover your habit?
Once a week?MisJG
Aug 20, 2003 11:16 AM
maybe less. It doesn't itch. Only takes a few seconds in the shower in the morning when I notice it's growing in. A little soap and a razor and zip-zip, it's gone! No one has ever said a word if they noticed at all! I think people tend to notice things that are there, rather than things that are missing. Good for sleeveless jerseys too!
I never really thought about it . . .al0
Aug 20, 2003 12:58 PM
You ask: "How often?". The proper answer is "Once only!", as you have to cut your throat immediatly after shaving armpits :) nm.
If I'm gonna be labeled a freak anyway...might as well shave...biknben
Aug 20, 2003 9:33 AM
I go out in public riding a child's toy, in neon spandex leatards, clown shoes, and a styrofaom cooler on my head! Do people really even notice my legs?

I shave em because I'm secretly waiting for the "Best Legs Contest" at the town fair. I'd win in a heartbeat.

Since shaving my legs for vanity reasons I have realized some other great advantages:
-chicks think it's HOT.
-sunscreen goes on easy and doesn't get that white pasty look.
-bugs don't get caught in the hair.
-You know drivers are gawking while you wait at a stoplight balancing on your tip-toe.
-Masseuse (sp?) gives you extra time on the massage table for free.
-Near instant respect on the race start line.
-Friends and family can't understand why. I like a little mystery.
lol! town fair contest (nm)Frith
Aug 20, 2003 10:13 AM
Wife is always right...Fez
Aug 20, 2003 9:33 AM
If your wife wants you to shave underarms, then do it. That's a credit in the marriage bank that you might need to use in the near future.

No one would notice, unless you wear a tank or a sleeveless jersey.

You could start with clippers to "ease" into it before you use the razor.
The correct replyMR_GRUMPY
Aug 20, 2003 9:50 AM
"What! ......are you stupid.....or somethin' don't crash on your armpits." Next......Run like Hell.
My dear, it's called "manscaping."PseuZQ
Aug 20, 2003 10:01 AM
Removing excess body hair, that is. Nothing exteme like waxing or shaving ('cept your legs, if your a cyclist) just a trim to keep things (yes, those things too)...neat.
You make it sound like topiary . . .ms
Aug 20, 2003 10:21 AM
Not that I am opposed to it -- I already trim the excess hairs the sprout in places normally seen by the public (ears, nose). But, I had never considered OTHER places. Maybe my wife is trying to give me a message (although after 16 years of marriage, I would think that she would have learned that I usually need something more than a subtle suggestion to do something that she wants).
Manscaping???? LMAOMrDan
Aug 20, 2003 10:36 AM
Sounds like you've got some experience there...
My dear, it's called "manscaping."BigFatSal
Aug 21, 2003 7:55 AM
Ha! :>) You've been watching "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" haven't you? I saw that show last week and found it to be hilarious! After hearing the term "manscaping" I had to grab my electric trimmer and do some mowing of my chest and stomach hair for my girlfriend. I thought it looked pretty good but she just said it was too prickly... Oh well, she's hard to please. But now the sun can actually get thru the hair to the skin and I got tan! Oh, by the way, she also hates when I shave my legs! Again, too prickly - unless I shave everyday, which I don't really have the time or motivation to do!!!! :>)
QE: Right on! Good stuff. The straight guys look...PseuZQ
Aug 21, 2003 8:44 AM
really good, happy and confident, when they're done. Like it a lot.
re: I never thought that I would ask a shaving question, but . .FTMD
Aug 20, 2003 10:46 AM
Dude, I totally keep my armpits trimmed up. Not totally shaven, just trimmed. I think I run the clippers through them once or twice a month. Less stink, easier to wash, etc. Plus, it looks better when you are laying on your back with your hands behind your head.
Absolutely. .PaulCL
Aug 20, 2003 11:12 AM
Even before I started to shave my legs, I trimmed my pits. The moment of clarity came during high school. While on a swimming outing with some girls (a big deal since I went to an all boys HS), one of the girls asked if I was growing a forest under there. That one stuck with me. I drag a razor thru the pits a couple of times per month to 'trim the trees'....a personal hygene thing. Paul

P.S. To reiterate my point from my first post: your wife is always right. Don't argue. Give in. Then as Mackgoo, says, do whatever the hell you want anyway. Keeps my marriage strong and happy after fourteen years. OK, the sex helps too. P
You are most wise......KG 361
Aug 20, 2003 7:35 PM
Our wifes are always right, even when they're wrong. The secret to a lasting marriage is to learn that early. Then do whatever you feel like. If you get caught, apologize profusely, swearing to "never do it again". Beg, plead, occasionally shed a tear. Make-up sex is the best =) Repeat this cycle periodically throughout the marriage. It's worked for 16 yrs; why mess with success?!
Just tell her that...kjr39
Aug 20, 2003 11:06 AM
You'll shave your armpits when she shaves her face! :P

Now, I am dumb enough to say something like that to my wife, but I wouldn't recommend it. And for that matter, I have started trimming my pits in the last couple of weeks...
....peering into my that too hairy? hmmmm...nmt0adman
Aug 20, 2003 12:51 PM
tell herrufus
Aug 20, 2003 2:05 PM
the girls don't check out your pits. ;)
The wife is allways right (at least partly)jrescpa
Aug 21, 2003 8:31 AM
Being half ape (ie. hairy) I find it helpful to trim underarm hair. Seems to keep odor down since bacteria like to hang out in hairy places. Shaving clean seems to feminine to me.