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Old 04-27-2011, 02:11 AM
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men shaving their testicles

I barely get why apparently many/most young women now shave all the hair off their genital area. I assume this might have gotten started by porn stars, but I'm not sure.

As a clinical researcher in a hospital, I'm conducting a study in which I survey patients about all kinds of personal practices, including if and where they shave hair from their bodies. And I am discovering that the majority of young male adults around age 30 and under (not sure what the upper/lower age range would be) regularly shave all the hair in their groin/genital area.

My first questions is, Why? Does anyone think this improves the appearance of testicles? Doesn't it itch when the hair starts to grow back? When did this start, what age groups practice this, and what is the intended result?
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:15 AM
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It makes it more likely that you will be receiving oral sex tonight.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:16 AM
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Or, why do women shave their private area?

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Old 04-27-2011, 02:18 AM
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My first questions is, Why? Does anyone think this improves the appearance of testicles? Doesn't it itch when the hair starts to grow back? When did this start, what age groups practice this, and what is the intended result?
Because if it's shaved they're more likely to put it in their mouth. Yes, it improves the appearance - tons of scraggly curly thick hair is no fun. It itches initially, but as with any shaving the razorburn/discomfort quickly subside after a period. I personally started around the same time I got sexually active in the late teens. I can't comment on the demographics of older generations, but I would imagine the sub-30 crowd does indeed have a much higher incidence of shaving.

It boils down to: appearance/aesthetic preference, hygiene/cleanliness/less-hair-means-more-oral, and probably most significantly, porn.

This is probably better suited for IMHO.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:06 AM
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Nit, but if you're a clinical researcher you should know that it's their scrotum they're shaving - not their testicles.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:31 AM
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If you're doing a survey you should also have an option for trimming.
I shave from time to time, but more commonly I just keep things neat and tidy down there.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:09 AM
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Like everything else, it began with young urban gay guys, I think in the late 80s to early 90s. Then the "metrosexuals" took it from there. Same with eyebrow maintenance, which I hate.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:13 AM
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Because sex feels so much better that way. I've been shaving down there since high school, I'm 34 now.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:17 AM
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Data point.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:35 AM
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There may in addtion just be a fad thing happening. Fads in pubic hair would have been impractical a few years ago before the internet and digital photography (fashions don't spread if no one can see they are the fashion), but not now.

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:10 AM
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Like everything else, it began with young urban gay guys, I think in the late 80s to early 90s. Then the "metrosexuals" took it from there. Same with eyebrow maintenance, which I hate.
Just wait until you are about 50, and your eyebrows begin to look like demented caterpillars, you'll change your tune.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:33 AM
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"Nobody likes to go down on a tumbleweed."
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:51 AM
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Just wait until you are about 50, and your eyebrows begin to look like demented caterpillars, you'll change your tune.
I'm 65, and am too old to change my tune.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:00 AM
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Plus if you're into tea bagging, one with the consistency of a Brillo pad ain't cool.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:55 AM
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Second OP question. Does it itch? I had an operation where they shaved far more than they needed to, and YES, it itched like a bitch when it grew back. And, it itches in places that aren't appropriate to scratch in an elevator full of people, or while sitting in a mixed company meeting.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:01 AM
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"Nobody likes to go down on a tumbleweed."
Isn't that an Elton John lyric?
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:18 AM
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I don't think of myself as old (but I'm 42; maybe I am). But this just strikes me as... unnecessary. It doesn't seem to me that back in the day we suffered from a lack of BJs due to unshaven scrotes. My wife has never complained about the hair. But then I never understood men doing the chest-waxing thing either unless he was a swimmer.

And while I appreciate a trim lawn on women, a complete lack of hair strikes me as way too pre-pubescent to be sexy.

And while I'm at it, Get the hell off my lawn!

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:41 AM
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Well, I'm 44 and have been shaving them weekly for a few years. My wife appreciates a smooth scrotum, and as I enjoy the time she spends down there, it's the least I can do. She keeps herself shorn for the same reason. Nothing interrupts the mood quite like someone gagging on a pube that's worked itself loose and is choking your partner.

It starts to get a little prickly around day 5, but it's not too bad. As long as you keep up with it it only takes about 5 minutes in the shower.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:45 AM
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I don't think of myself as old (but I'm 42; maybe I am). But this just strikes me as... unnecessary. It doesn't seem to me that back in the day we suffered from a lack of BJs due to unshaven scrotes. My wife has never complained about the hair.
Yeah, if my wife was taking me all the way down to the pubes I would be happy to shave them off, but as it is there is litte risk of her getting any hair in her mouth, poking her in the eye, etc. If someone else wants to shave theirs though, go nuts.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:45 AM
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When you cut back the underbrush, the tree looks bigger.

Baracus - I saw what you did there.

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:49 AM
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:59 AM
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Nit, but if you're a clinical researcher you should know that it's their scrotum they're shaving - not their testicles.
Unless they're exceptionally thorough.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:15 AM
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Two healthy/fit people with shaved parts = Feels a lot better to have sex and oral sex.

A LOT better.
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Old 04-27-2011, 10:46 AM
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Another vote for sensation. Much like any other part of the body, if it is covered with hair the efficacy of the nerves in the skin is reduced.

Also, my wife likes it, and I wish her to spend as much time as possible in the neighborhood, so I'll keep it tidy.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:40 AM
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I have enjoyed the look and feel of myself shaved bare, but it puts the wife off. For the same reasons, she only trims herself, darn it. But, beggars can't be chosers.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:46 AM
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Isn't that an Elton John lyric?
Yep, it's in that song "Don't Let Your Son Go Down On Me".
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:48 AM
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So all those guys dancing and singing in the revival of "Hair" have shaved their balls?
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:53 AM
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I don't think of myself as old (but I'm 42; maybe I am). But this just strikes me as... unnecessary. It doesn't seem to me that back in the day we suffered from a lack of BJs due to unshaven scrotes. My wife has never complained about the hair. But then I never understood men doing the chest-waxing thing either unless he was a swimmer.

And while I appreciate a trim lawn on women, a complete lack of hair strikes me as way too pre-pubescent to be sexy.

And while I'm at it, Get the hell off my lawn!
I'm a decade younger, but the "pe-pubescent look" that is now the currency of the realm feels very weird to me. I dont think trying to look like a twink is gonna improve my sexyness in any way.
I dont shave, and I have a problem considering hairless guys as guys.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:56 AM
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Sucking on and licking hairy testicles is not fun and I'm much, much less likely (i.e. will not) to do this if there is a forest down there.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:05 PM
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There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum. It's breathtaking.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:02 PM
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I'm a decade younger, but the "pe-pubescent look" that is now the currency of the realm feels very weird to me. I dont think trying to look like a twink is gonna improve my sexyness in any way.
I dont shave, and I have a problem considering hairless guys as guys.
This pre-pubescent argument comes up every time genital shaving comes up. It's been debunked. It might feel weird to you, and that is a valid opinion, but shaved adult genitals or shaved adult anythings do not look similar to hairless pre-pubescent human bits.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:16 PM
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:33 PM
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Came to the thread to add this if it wasn't here already. Thank you for your public service.

I have nothing to add to the subject, other than I have enough problems with that bit under my nose. Hats off to y'all who can handle shearing the undercarriage.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:35 PM
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I'll speak on behalf of Mr. Horseshoe, who will be turning 30 this summer for your demographic info-gathering.

He shaved himself for me as a surprise (for my 30th b-day, as a matter of fact) and was, well, delighted with my delight. He's kept up with it since then despite my never specifically asking me to. In fact, shit, he's more thorough about maintenance than I am! So anyway, yeah, one more for the "fun time is more fun" chorus.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:37 PM
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Like everything else, it began with young urban gay guys, I think in the late 80s to early 90s. Then the "metrosexuals" took it from there. Same with eyebrow maintenance, which I hate.
It may go back a little farther into history than the 80's. Ball-shaving is recommended in the Muslim Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) written in 817.

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Abu Huraira reported: Five are the acts of fitra: circumcision, removing the pubes, clipping the mustache, cutting the nails, plucking the hair under the armpits.
Personally, I find depilation to be a sign of cleanliness.
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:52 PM
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Since much of this is a matter of opinion, I think it is better suited to IMHO than GQ.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:05 PM
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Just wait until you are about 50, and your eyebrows begin to look like demented caterpillars, you'll change your tune.
My husband is 26 and his eyebrows already look like demented caterpillars if he doesn't trim them - he also gets a monobrow if he doesn't keep on top of it.

He also shaves his junk. When I asked him why (I'm not too bothered either way) he said it's more comfortable because the hairs don't get caught in his underpants and whatnot.

I also think he likes strutting his newly shaved package around, which I think is the primary reason he does it.
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:29 PM
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Agreed. I shave my boys (or at least clip the hair way back) so it doesn't get caught in my foreskin. I gotta big beer belly so clipping becomes an adventure in avoiding pain!
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:40 PM
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I can understand trimming back the brush a bit, electric hair trimmers are a safe way to do so. But taking a razor to scrotum seems as risky as an old man shaving his very wrinkled face. Or do most guys use an electric razor? Though obviously not the guys that are shaving in the shower. Dont want to get too graphic, but just how is all this shearing getting done, safely?
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:59 PM
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It may go back a little farther into history than the 80's. Ball-shaving is recommended in the Muslim Book of Purification (Kitab Al-Taharah) written in 817.
I find it an amusing contradiction that growing hair all over one's chin is a sign of manhood, but shaving his balls is a sign of purification?
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:59 PM
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Since much of this is a matter of opinion, I think it is better suited to IMHO than GQ.

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It's a pubic hair thread. Perhaps it's better suited to be a sticky in IMHO, so that we don't have to have a new one every week.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:09 PM
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I find it an amusing contradiction that growing hair all over one's chin is a sign of manhood, but shaving his balls is a sign of purification?
Maybe because having another guy's hair all over the chin isnt a sign of manhood.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:10 PM
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I can understand trimming back the brush a bit, electric hair trimmers are a safe way to do so. But taking a razor to scrotum seems as risky as an old man shaving his very wrinkled face. Or do most guys use an electric razor? Though obviously not the guys that are shaving in the shower. Dont want to get too graphic, but just how is all this shearing getting done, safely?
This. All this.

I trim, and I might consider shaving if there were a safe way to do it and it wouldn't take hours to accomplish, due to the delicacy of the operation. Do people actually take a razor to their nutsack?! I think I remember briefly considering it once, but with balls in one hand and razor in the other, I quickly decided against.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:13 PM
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I find that a shaved scrotum is more likely to get my oral attention. It's not so tough on the tongue, for one. It allows a better seal for the lips (much like a respirator works better on a clean shaven face). It doesn't hold in crotch stink. And, yes, there's no choking on pubes or getting one stuck to the back of your tongue and necessitating a pause in the action to extricate it.

And, lets be honest here - pubes don't stop at the scrotum. They wander up the shaft a bit, at least on some men, and again, easier on the mouth if the skin is smooth.

Basically, all the same reasons many people prefer to do oral on a woman who shaves her pubes. It's easier, it feels better to the one performing oral, and it may feel better to the person receiving oral.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:35 PM
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I can understand trimming back the brush a bit, electric hair trimmers are a safe way to do so. But taking a razor to scrotum seems as risky as an old man shaving his very wrinkled face. Or do most guys use an electric razor? Though obviously not the guys that are shaving in the shower. Dont want to get too graphic, but just how is all this shearing getting done, safely?
Disposable razor in the shower. I lather up with some soap first to help things glide along smoothly, and have never once nicked myself there after years of weekly shavings. The only tricky thing is getting every last hair, because it requires hunching over a bit while standing in something of a squat while holding a slippery nutsack with one hand while attacking all areas from a couple different directions. Hey, I'm all about attention to detail.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:38 PM
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:42 PM
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I'll be so glad when this style goes away. Not that I care what guys do to their boyparts but the shaven female bits are a sad sad thing.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:00 PM
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He also shaves his junk. When I asked him why (I'm not too bothered either way) he said it's more comfortable because the hairs don't get caught in his underpants and whatnot.
I've never had any problem with underpants, but the "whatnot" serves as my reason for keeping trimmed down there... bits of the male genitalia have a tendency to expand/shrink at various random times during the day and that's when I have an issue with longish pubes getting caught in things.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:22 PM
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... bits of the male genitalia have a tendency to expand/shrink at various random times during the day and that's when I have an issue with longish pubes getting caught in things.
Sounds like something I heard on WRIF when I was visiting Detroit...
"And now our musical guest will play Stairway To Heaven on his zipper."
zippa zippa zippa
zippa zippa zippa
zippa zipp... YAAAAAAAAGHHHH!
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:38 PM
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Man, graduating from barber college must be a lot more complicated these days.
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