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Old 09-12-2002, 10:51 AM
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Why Do Men Prefer Shaved Women?

Why is it that so many men seem to prefer women whose bodies have been shaved- their legs, their underarms, and their pubic areas?

It's not because men don't like hair, otherwise they would be attracted to bald-headed women. Men don't mind head-hair and eyebrow-hair, but most don't like leg-hair, pubic-hair, or underarm-hair. Interestingly, this is the exact same configuration of hair that a prepubescent girl would have. Coincidence?

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Old 09-12-2002, 10:57 AM
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I think that as far as the pubic area goes, shaving makes it more... um... accessible. Less hair in the mouth, you see.

But you're right. Depending on the woman, shaving can make one look way too young.
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Old 09-12-2002, 11:19 AM
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Dunno. Perhaps shaved skin seems softer and smoother than it really is, sending a clear message that the bearer of said skin would contribute many welcome genes. Why do men prefer shaved (as opposed to bearded) men?
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Old 09-12-2002, 11:26 AM
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Men don't mind head-hair and eyebrow-hair, but most don't like leg-hair, pubic-hair, or underarm-hair.
I don't think that's really true of most men. Shaving pubic hair, in particular, is a recent, bizarre fad. I blame it on French-cut bikinis.

I prefer a woman's natural body.
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:28 PM
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Some years back, I worked with a woman who was convinced that men who liked women who shaved their pubic hair were perverts and pedophiles. I think she had issues. That could explain her 4 marriages and divorces...

But back on topic - from random anonymous conversations I've had on line, I've found that "men" in general don't follow any preference. Some like shaved, some like natural.

As for me, I keep my pits cleared, and anything else is at whim - I wear jeans most of the time, so why risk blood loss??
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:33 PM
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I admit I like shaved legs and armpits. But the pubic hair thing I don't completely go for. Trim is nice, but completely shaved? I don't want to feel like I'm bedding either a Barbie Doll or a 9-year old.

It's especially bad when redheads shave it all off. Way to defeat the entire purpose!
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:44 PM
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Shaved legs is nice. I don't know why, but it is. Shaved armpits doesn't really matter to me. And shaved public hair is *creepy*. A woman who's completely shaved down there doesn't look like a woman to me anymore.
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Old 09-12-2002, 12:44 PM
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mmm... bald-headed women... the ONE GOOD THING about Star Trek, The Boring Motion Picture!
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Old 09-12-2002, 02:15 PM
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At the risk of being thought a weirdo, I actually prefer women with armpit hair, although you rarely see it in the U.S. Razor stubble in that area kind of grosses me out - I think the hair is kind of sexy. Shaved eyebrows are also a turn-off to me.

And of the men who prefer shaved women, I wonder how much of that is societal conditioning? Perhaps they like it because that's what they're used to.

Also, I would say it works both ways. Most women seem to prefer men with little or no hair on their torso and buttocks, which arguably could be compared to a pre-pubescent boy.
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Old 09-12-2002, 02:38 PM
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I like women's hair wherever it grows. Just say no to scraping yourself with sharp metal blades.
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Old 09-12-2002, 02:59 PM
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Armpit and leg shaving is a social convention.

Pubic area shaving is a personal preference, and not necessarily the exclusive domain of latent pedophiles.

I am incredibly attracted to voluptuous women. The curvier, the better. But I am also attracted to the idea of a woman with a shaved pubic area. So, how would that be a sign of latent pedophilia? I mean, one would think I'd prefer a Calista Flockhart-type who was shaved.

Personally, I think skin is sexier than body hair. Smooth, silky skin, unbroken by course hair or stubble is attractive to me.

Whatever floats yer boat.
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Old 09-12-2002, 04:26 PM
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I have a basic rule that if she has more hair than I do in some particular places, it's nasty. Which I realize means I'm horribly judgemental and unenlightened. Bite me. And shave.
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Old 09-12-2002, 05:18 PM
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The last time I saw my nephew's wife, she had unshaved armpits and the sides of her head were shaved. It seemed rather bizarre to me. My nephew loves her, and she's a wonderful gal. I'm sure I haven't the right to tell her what to shave.

My own preference for women is for shaved armpits and legs. I like nicely trimmed pubic hair. If she wants to shave it into a cute shape, that's fine, too. I get no special thrill from a completely shaved bush.
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Old 09-12-2002, 05:41 PM
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As long as it's kept clean, I like hair on a woman wherever it grows (except the face obviously, don't like that). I'm not going to insist on hair but really, I'd prefer it.

I suppose it's somewhat ironic that I keep myself totally shaved except the top of my head...
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Old 09-12-2002, 05:52 PM
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Actually, if I could, I'd dip myself in wax from the neck down. However, it's very impractical and probably quite painful.

I just don't like body hair, which is really why I prefer girls who shave everything. In return, I too shave much of my body hair. Anywhere I'd be prone to lick should probably be shaved. Granted, if I were with a bald chick, I probably wouldn't lick her head, which is why hair up there is fine.

I wouldn't say it's ingrained into our society as much as a personal preference. Most guys I know prefer to have it at least trimmed, as it shows that there is some effort into personal hygiene. When I see a girl who has hair that is out of control, even if she is the cleanest person ever, it appears dirty and unkempt to me.
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:34 PM
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You can't rationalize a boner.

That said, I think it's probably a combination of social conditioning vis a vis cleanliness issues and masculine traits, moreso than repressed pedophilia. Body hair on a woman is seen by some men as icky or smelly. Of course, with proper grooming and cleaning it needn't be, any moreso than it is on a man. It is also often seen as a masculine thing to be hairy, as most men are naturally more hairy than most women. I personally prefer a nice triangular bush as opposed to a mohawk, or fully shaved. I've never minded getting a few hairs in my mouth during oral sex, and I find the shape to be aesthetically pleasing to me. I also prefer well-groomed underarm hair on a woman, but I don't know why. I suppose it's because it's unusual and a bit exotic seeming to me, and it shows that the woman has something of a non-conformist attitude. That appeals to me. On the other hand, I prefer smooth legs. Nothing beats the aesthetic appeal of a long sleek leg. I'd say facial and abdominal hair are right out.
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Old 09-12-2002, 08:36 PM
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I don't like hairy monkey-men and I really dislike beards.
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Old 09-12-2002, 10:28 PM
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Count me in as another guy who's completely turned off by shaved pubic hair. It looks way too juvenile. I don't even it like it trimmed. The more natural the better. Leg hair is fine as long as it's not too course. Armpit hair doesn't bother me -- it can actually be a bit of a turn-on as long as it's not too thick and bushy.
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Old 09-12-2002, 11:08 PM
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This is purely speculation spewed by someone that has never taken a psychology or sociology course... that being said... here's a few points I'd like to mention...

Body hair is a secondary sex characteristic... men are typically hairier, call it a generalization if you will, but it's true... of all the post puberty chests I've seen, ONE woman had a little bit of hair, and ONE man had no chest hair, both of those visuals surprised me a bit... If I don't shave my face every 10 hours or so, I have the human equivilant of 30 grit sand paper on my face...

if we can all accept that men are hairier (I've seen a lot of guys with back-hair, yours-truly included... but never a single woman with back-hair), then we can make the logical leap that extra hair is a male characteristic, and lack of hair is a female characteristic... hence, less hair = more feminine...

now for a less scientific approach, my personal ideas/feelings... I choose to sleep with women (well, one specifically... bobo=married) I don't want to feel a hairy person rubbing up against me (conversely, my wife says she likes the feel of my hairy chest... possibly the opposite side of my views on body hair), so I like the fact that my wife doesn't have a lot of extra body hair...

as for the pubic area shaved... I've experienced a woman like that from time to time (the affore mentioned wife)... definately easier to "work with" and I enjoy not having to cough up any hair after getting frisky... but I see no real improvement in the overall sex life...

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Old 09-12-2002, 11:57 PM
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Mrs. Z just underwent her 4th chemo session.

When she's finally healthy, she can grow as much as she wants wherever she wants.

To some of you, body hair is unclean. To me, it's an affirmation of victory over the Big C.
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Old 09-13-2002, 12:05 AM
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I don't know about the guys, but I prefer parts of me shaved. I feel "cleaner" when my pits are clear and I like the way my legs feel when they're smooth and hairless. Shaving anywhere else, the skin is too sensitive and I only come out in inchy, red bumps which is neither attractive nor comfortable. I have a friend, however, who likes keeping her pubic area mowed and she's clear that it increases her pleasure. She's not doing it for some guy.

As to the guys, furry is good. Not necessary, but not a turn off by any means.
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Old 09-13-2002, 01:42 AM
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I don't really see why a woman with natural body hair SHOULD be viewed as a bad thing, but I'm a minority. I know one girl in my grade who's not freakishly hairy or anything, but she does grow fine hair on her face and also her back. It doesn't bother me whatsoever but *many* of my classmates view it as 'mannish'. They also view it as feminine for a guy to have non hairy legs - I'm 16 and redheaded and still it was thought I should feel like a feminine freak because I had very fine leg hair until recently!
Juvenile, huh?

I personally don't think body hair makes a woman repulsive, I quite like the feel of leg hair. And I am DEFINATELY going to grow a beard because I'd love to have one, no matter what any juvenile people say about it being a symbol of being an unclean, evil slob.
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Old 09-13-2002, 01:49 AM
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Isn't the whole shaved pubic area a turn on for men because they can see the goods better?

I must say, a woman with a completely bald pubic area would look a little strange.
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:50 AM
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[B]Isn't the whole shaved pubic area a turn on for men because they can see the goods better?
Nah. Genitalia actually is not arousing. Arousal comes from the other areas of the body, like breasts, buttocks, legs - all that nice curvy stuff.

There's actually a joke about that:

A guy gets up in the morning feeling great. He goes to work, and all his co-workers say "Man, you look terrible". So he goes to the doctor. The doctor takes one look and says: "Man, you look terrible". The guy says: "Yeah, but I feel great". So the doctor looks in his medical books: "Hmmm...let's see...looks terrible, feels great...Ah, that's it! You're a vagina."

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Old 09-13-2002, 03:11 AM
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Mhh.. I might not be fashionably corect, but I actually like shaved pubic area.
You don't get hair in your mouth, you can see the "goods" - and I actually find them arrousing.

The little fact that I have never been with a girl who wasn't shaved might have something to do with it

For me, it hasn't got anything to do with it looking juvenile, I like the rest of the body when it's a little curved and not having a "little girl" look.
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Old 09-13-2002, 06:20 AM
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Shaved legs: Yes please.
Shaved armpits; Yes.
Shave pubic hair: Not neccessary at all.
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:03 AM
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I prefer shaved everybody. I'm a man and I shave armpits, legs , etc. (not pubic hair, for reasons that are probably TMI, but I trim).

I don't really have enough experience to say, but I think I'd prefer a shaved pubic area as well. OTOH I don't think unshaved would bother me (as long as it wasn't really wild). In fact, unshaved legs wouldn't really bother me either, I just prefer shaved. Armit hair is gross 'though (on men and women).

I just generally think body hair looks and feels unpleasant. :: shrug :: each to their own I guess.
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:04 AM
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Meh, I think a lot of it's conditioning. People have been raised on Playboy models who have been airbrushed until they look like they're made of plastic (though photographed through a heavy filter for that "ethereal" look), and the models in Penthouse look like they've been dipped in Nair.

I think when you grow up looking at these images, and are told over and over again "THIS is arousing, THIS is beauty, THIS is sensuality," you start to believe it. These are the only naked women a lot of young men (and young women) see before they start dating, so they're going to start believing that's what naked is SUPPOSED to look like.

(The women in Hustler, of course, look as though they've been dipped in lard and are filmed under incredibly harsh light, but I don't think anyone's arguing that those models (at least, the way they're photographed) are sensual OR beautiful.)

Me...I shave my legs and pits. I dislike hairy pits, and that's probably conditioning, but at least I'm only mutilating myself. I like shaving my legs because immediately after, denim feels like silk and I think that's awesome. I tried to keep my crotch shaved. The extra access/sensation was NOT worth the extra itching, ingrown hairs, and frequent maintenence.
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:10 AM
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Shaving anywhere else, the skin is too sensitive and I only come out in inchy, red bumps which is neither attractive nor comfortable.
You've measured 'em?



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As to the guys, furry is good. Not necessary, but not a turn off by any means.
Not according to Mrs. Dave-Guy. She hates facial hair. Lucky for her my employment precludes beard-growing. But I did grow a goatee during my one-week vacation recently, and she wouldn't sex me up until I shaved it.

And Dr. Hawk has always had furry on the chin, so good for you.
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:52 AM
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Natural is always better. Whatever your body does naturally, or what you naturally feel like doing to your body that makes you feel comfortable is perfectly fine and dandy with me.


That said, I think my hair is gross. I believe I'm one of those "Hairy Monkey Men" that Lola made reference to. It's yucky.
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Old 09-13-2002, 09:49 AM
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The more cleanly shaved the better, save possibly a landing strip or heart shaped box.
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Old 09-13-2002, 10:21 AM
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I'm a man who's in the "women - the smoother the better" category. I just love the feel of smooth skin against my own.

That said, I'm very hairy myself, and have no desire to ever shave my body, and fortunately, my wife feels the same way about it. I think the key is to stop thinking "monkey" and instead think "teddy bear."
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Old 09-13-2002, 10:44 AM
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Meh, I think a lot of it's conditioning. People have been raised on Playboy models who have been airbrushed until they look like they're made of plastic (though photographed through a heavy filter for that "ethereal" look), and the models in Penthouse look like they've been dipped in Nair.

I think when you grow up looking at these images, and are told over and over again "THIS is arousing, THIS is beauty, THIS is sensuality," you start to believe it. These are the only naked women a lot of young men (and young women) see before they start dating, so they're going to start believing that's what naked is SUPPOSED to look like.

(The women in Hustler, of course, look as though they've been dipped in lard and are filmed under incredibly harsh light, but I don't think anyone's arguing that those models (at least, the way they're photographed) are sensual OR beautiful.)
Just what I was thinking.
I've noticed that the men I know (and this isn't a generalization, simply an observation) who like and advocate pubic shaving are men who have a deep appreciation for the aesthetics of porn and skin mags. They're also the guys who, FWIW, f*ck like they're in porn, complete with kind of cheesy dirty talk and the occasional ass-slap.

A man I sometimes get together with has a fantasy about shaving my naughty bits bald, which I think for him has a lot to do with the aesthetic potential of the naked genitals and their similarity to what he finds hot in a video, whereas for me what would be hot about it is the amount of trust it takes to let someone else wield an incredibly sharp and potentially deadly object down there. I mean, I've been shaving the legs, pits, and now the crotch (but not the whole thing, just a little grooming) for years now, and I still cut myself every so often.

I also used to be kind of turned off by chest hair, and then when I actually had the opportunity to really play with some, it was pretty nice. Soft, swirly, and perfect for a little light tugging.
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Old 09-13-2002, 12:12 PM
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You've measured 'em?
Uh... that would be square inches of surface area, I believe. And boy, is it itchy.
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Not according to Mrs. Dave-Guy. She hates facial hair. Lucky for her my employment precludes beard-growing. But I did grow a goatee during my one-week vacation recently, and she wouldn't sex me up until I shaved it.

And Dr. Hawk has always had furry on the chin, so good for you.
Well, I'd say the woman has no taste, but she married my brother, so I'll cut her some slack.

Furry on the chin is good, but I was mostly thinking of body hair. Teddy bear is good, too. (insert teddy bear smiley here)
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:39 PM
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Shaved is sexy to me, completely bare turns me on. Smoooooth and slippery. Its just not as much fun burying your face into a mound of hair.

Also disagree with the person who said genitailia is not a turn on.. HUH? I mean please, sure other parts of the body are turn ons too but... thats the goods.
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:43 PM
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That said, I think my hair is gross. I believe I'm one of those "Hairy Monkey Men" that Lola made reference to. It's yucky.
Aw, some folks like that, Simetra.
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Old 09-13-2002, 02:56 PM
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I love hairy guys, particularly hairy legs and tummy, and you've already heard my views on the awesome, arousing treasure trail.

And I also like keeping my self pretty close to completely shaven. Not necessarily for my husband, but for me. It makes me more sensitive down there and also smooth cleared out. When I'm having naked hoo ha sex, I feel like a porn star. It turns me on.

Also, as a swimmer, it's sort of gross to have miles of sidesnatch coming out of your suit.
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Old 09-13-2002, 03:42 PM
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Or if you were riding a horse sidesnattle.
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Old 09-13-2002, 03:44 PM
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I have found that a woman with hairy legs feels smoother than one with stubble. Same with pubes. I like pubes anyway, it offers more opportunities for arousal. you can just lightly brush them and give her sensations, whereas with a bald beaver you gotta go straight for the goodies. Shaved is fun sometimes, but once it is no longer baby-butt smooth it loses its appeal. Red bumps are a no no too.
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Old 09-13-2002, 04:08 PM
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As long as she's clean, and taken a modicum of effort to be presentable, I couldn't care less if she's shaved or not. Women are sexy, and the presence of hair, or lack thereof, is really kinda secondary.
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Old 09-13-2002, 04:29 PM
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If a woman wants to wear a g string bikini, she should shave. As was mentioned, hair protruding from a swimsuit doesn't cut it.
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Old 09-13-2002, 04:45 PM
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I don't know why, but chicks with pits drive me to fits. It's just so damn sexy to me. I'm sure that is partly due to the fact that hardly anyone here (U.S.) does it, so it must be naughty. It is especially sexy on demure office lady types.

I like 'em shaved clean down below though. It's sort of a yin/yang thing I guess.
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Old 09-13-2002, 05:43 PM
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Au naturel

The last beauty pageant I watched I think it was Miss USA, you could actually see on a few gals their "slit" under neath their bathing suit, they must've been shaved. I felt embarrassed for them!!

Whoever won was not exposed in this manner. Maybe she shaved or didn't but her suit was thick enough to keep that secret!
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Old 09-13-2002, 07:52 PM
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Re: Au naturel

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The last beauty pageant I watched I think it was Miss USA, you could actually see on a few gals their "slit" under neath their bathing suit, they must've been shaved. I felt embarrassed for them!!
Why should you feel embarrassed for them? Men are showing their big ol' bulges all the time (ever seen a male ballet dancer?) , so why can't a woman show some camel-toe once in a while?

It's allllllllllllllll natural, baybee!
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:17 PM
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Shaved legs are nice and smooth, making contact with them more enjoyable. They just feel nice. Armpit hair...well, I've dated girls who've shaved and girls who haven't. It's nice to know in advance, but overal, armpits don't get that much attention in the scheme of things, so it doesn't really matter. But, for those of us raised in American society where it's become common for years, it's become the norm, so anything else is a little shocking.
As for shaved pubes. Not my thing. I'm with the "Trim is good" crowd. All off is interesting, but not desired. At the same time, having a forest down there is rather unattractive. I love going down, but there's enough to think about down there without having to worry about getting lost.
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:19 PM
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I love going down, but there's enough to think about down there without having to worry about getting lost.
Maybe you should take a compass and a machete, Elvis.

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Old 09-13-2002, 10:55 PM
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Your mudflaps are showing

OMG I am so square, so there are about 90 million other words to describe the frontal wedgie, as I discovered at cameltoe.org -

My favorites
calamari cockring and whisker biscuits.
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Old 09-14-2002, 12:59 AM
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A naked woman with shaved pubic area doesn't remind me of a young girl; more like a plucked chicken.
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Old 09-14-2002, 02:55 AM
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Old 09-14-2002, 08:37 AM
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On a recent trip to SoBe (Miami), I noticed a lot of gals wearing those one-piece swimsuits, of thin lycra, usually whiite or light-colored. When wet, the material is basically "see-through". I can assure you, a gal looks much nicer shaved when she emerges from the water, wearing one of these hot little numbers. A "camel nose" is vey noticeable under white lycra.
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