Says one fur fancier, "I'm gay because I like men, dammit, and
'masculine' more loudly than a hairy chest."
But why stop there? Fans
truly hirsute abound, lavishing attention on hairy legs, fuzzy butts,
luxuriant armpits, and -- for the truly hardcore -- hairy shoulders and
backs. Not to mention, at ground zero, the pubic bush.
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|"I can see how some guys might like to trim or shave their hair to
the lines of their bodies," says another pro-fur guy. "But that seems
manicured. Give me the hairy body in all its animal glory."
Conversely, there are men who really love smooth. Though some guys
naturally low on the hirsute-o-meter, others denude themselves by
using depilatories, or spending hours at the electrolysist. "I find
coarse and icky," says a gay guy who doesn't hunt bears. "I like my
perfectly smooth...all that lovely, hairless skin. And when I shave my
body, I love the way it feels."
The no-hair camp seems to be gaining ground. In the old days, way back
Jurassic 1970s, many a porn star sported a sizable patch of fur, but
days, hairy sex-gods are rare. It's a little paradoxical that, as gay
droves are hitting the gym to develop more "masculine" physiques,
also shedding their very male body hair. But, as competition
have always known, body hair can hide the contours of a finely wrought
physique. After Cybex, can Schick be far behind?
In the late 20th century, several factors, including the rise of youth
culture and the explosion of HIV, made being young (and presumably
even more highly valued. Body hair, a signifier of maturity, was no
t; now the silky-smooth torso was Officially Sexy. It wasn't till the
the bear movement, a backlash against the image of the highly primped,
perfectly arranged urban gay male, that hair has made a comeback,
valued as a
symbol of a down-to-earth butch that lets whatever's sprouting grow.
Of course, hairiness doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing matter. Many
queer eye has hungrily followed the "treasure trail," that tempting
hair that leads from belly button down to dick. And many a guy has at
trimmed his pubes, thereby making his cock look longer. There are hair
fetishes that are really specialized. "I love that little patch of
that some men have in the small of the back," says a man who... er...
guys with hair in the small of the back. Strange? Maybe, but not any
when you think about it, than craving men for the colour of their hair.
Speaking of which: "Thick blond fur on a man's forearms," drools one
the most beautiful thing in the world." So take that, Taj Mahal!
Hairy or fur-free? The debate rages on. Ever since the days of hairy
smooth Jacob, body hair - or the lack thereof - has been a bone of
contention; we gay men have, as usual, turned a bone into a boner.
Perhaps one gay peacemaker should have the last word. "I don't care if
hairy or smooth," says he. "Just give me a man who's good in bed!"
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Simon is the co-editor of
Rough Stuff: Tales of Gay Men, Sex, and Power and editor of
Hotter Than Hell. You can e-mail him at OutUK.