Here’s a frivolous question: at what age do women begin to prefer hairy chests to bare chests in men? I’ve observed, in casual conversation and in our culture, that women my own age, in their mid-thirties, tend to like a hairy chest. On the other hand, our television and movies are flush with young men with nary a chest hair in sight. From Top Gun to Twilight to The Old Spice Guy, it’s been the case for about 30 years. The same, of course, is true in magazines like Details or Esquire.
It’s my theory that at some point, women start to–at least in the personal lives–prefer a little hair on their man’s chest. This seems to make sense from an evolutionary biology perspective, as it’s an indication of maturity and correlates to testosterone levels (or, rather, a lack of chest hair can be an indication of low testosterone).
So here’s today’s question. If you’re female, when did you start to prefer chest hair on your mates? Or possible you still don’t? Take part in the poll below, and pick the closest age:
UPDATE: I remembered why this was on my mind. I passed a salon this weekend and they had a sandwich board out front. It featured a scrawny, hairy chest and read (something like) “Get him to wax it!” I thought that it was interesting that they were marketing men’s waxing services to their partners.