My brother has no underarm hair. He is 23 years old, very heavily built, and mature looking. He can easily grow a beard, and has legs like a gorilla. When it comes to his chest and underams though…nothing.
Ths chest I can understand - not everyone grows hair on their chest. How common is it, however, for a man to have no underarm hair whatsoever?
I’ve seen it happen with some men. Barring hormonal issues, my guess is that the friction of skin folds rubbing on one another or tight t-shirts rubbing the armpit rubs away the hair the same way wearing tights or leggings rubs off the leg hair of the guys who work at Renaissance Faires. Some men’s shoudler girdles are muscled in such a way that there’s very little or no hollow in the armpit.
Then again, 23 is still young. My (caucasian) husband’s chest hair didn’t come in until about 28, and his underarm hair is still pretty sparse at 34. Plenty on his legs though.
I was listening to NPR on the way home today, and they broadcast tape of a Muslim cleric in Germany who didn’t like Germans very much. ‘They don’t shave their armpits! They spread their stink everywhere!’