This is the first thread I’ve started on the SDMB, so let’s see how this takes…
I’m a high school science teacher in California. The other day I’m discussing with my physical science class how drag and friction create forces that can slow a racer down, and that swimmers, runners and cyclists will shave their legs and other body hair to shave-off a few milliseconds from their race times. To my utter bewilderment, several of my male students admit that they shave their legs, despite the fact that they don’t play sports that might benfit from it. I ask them why they do it, and they just give me that “I dunno…'cause everyone else does it…and, uhhh…'cause it’s hecka-cool!” A survey of other classes at my school and of teachers at other schools reveals that this male-shaving-leg fad is rather wide-spread in this area. I had knee surgery 10 years ago and had to have my leg shaved, and it itched like hell…I can’t understand why anyone would willing go through that unless they really had to.
So, I gotta, ask: Why and how does a fad like this get started? Has the body piercing/tattoo/weird hair thing become so passe that they need some new outlet for self-expression?
And, just how wide-spread is this? Has anyone else outside of N. California heard of this, or am I just so obliviously out of touch with men’s fashion trends?