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Feeling Creative? There's a Place for Fancy Topiary-But That Place Is Not Your Groin

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Feeling Creative? There's a Place for Fancy Topiary-But That Place Is Not Your Groin

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Not like I have been sleeping around or looking at a lot of Internet porn or anything, but what is up with the trend of having your pubic area look like a racing stripe? From my perspective it seems like a huge number of young gay boys are shaving as if they were women in a Vixen porn video shoot, buzz-cutting until they are baby smooth or depilating their down-there hair into creative shapes like arrows, lightning bolts, or just a little fuzz-spot like a plucked eyebrow.

Actually, come to think of it, the trend seemed to start up top with eyebrows. I first noticed the strangely plucked gay trend in 2003 when the sadistic reality show Boy Meets Boy premiered. Watery, insecure James had to choose a mate from among 15 gay and secretly straight men. They all wore flip-flops, Hollister surf wear, and tiny, maintained eyebrows. Then, when Desperate Housewives star Jesse Metcalfe became the country's hunk obsession in 2004 and everyone was going gaga over his body, I couldn't get over the architectural wax job above his eyes. It looked as if he had two exotic caterpillars on his forehead.

I should have known it wouldn't stop there. Now it's as if this tweezery trend has migrated south. All you have to do is look online or go to a gay bar where go-go boys dangle their wares at you from bar tops and you will find hundreds of examples of the manicured man-lawn.

I suppose in this era when you can see so many naked bodies around you all the time, the obssessiveness with a trimmed crotch is a given. …

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