So last night was SVU night (which features the original Olivia…don’t act like you don’t know), which is a standing tradition that I share with my now ex-fiance. During the episode (which was a good one – Benson be going through some things & Orange is the New Black guy is a little too convincing…) my compadre revealed to me that he was on the verge of a major life decision, and one that he felt the need to share with me. Our conversation went a little something like this:
Him: “I’m thinking about cutting this off” (motions to beard)
Him: “Because it’s hot. And I’m thinking of getting rid of this too” (proceeds to point to chest hair)
Me: “No, WHY?!”
Him: “It’s starting to itch”
Clearly our convos are always super deep. The remainder of our conversation had to wait, though, until after we had witnessed Olivia’s fate from being kidnapped by her captor, but once 10pm hit our conversation resumed. Now to place this in context, my beloved man friend (his Iyanla Vanzant-inspired nickname) is very familiar with my affinity for beards and chest hair. And not in a pervy way, but in a healthy respect for masculinity kind of way. I’ve attached two pictures as references.
The first is an example of a visually appealing amount of facial and chest hair that exemplifies manliness without being over-the-top. The second pic ventures into uncharted territory, as the chest hair is in the position to be braided up with beads. This includes chest hair that manages to escape and creep up beyond the shirt collar to chill on the neck for all to see. At the end of the day, there are different strokes for different folks, and ultimately all men are given the license to “do you”. But as it pertained to my friend, I did ask him to show some level of consideration in his decision making process as selfishness is never a desirable attribute – for any gender.
Sidenote: Today also happens to be my parent’s 32nd wedding anniversary, and in a weird and convoluted way this posting is very timely as my father was my very first beard and chest hair exemplar. Thanks Dad & enjoy your Anniversary *cues Tony Toni Tone*!