Written by Jon Clarke. Step away from the razor and wax strips, gents. In a recent survey, it was found that women find the hair on your body sexy.
Some men may have hairy backs. Women can sometimes have hairy backs, too. Common beauty or fashion standards may make people feel like having a hairy back is undesirable or unattractive.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Alok Vaid-Menon is a poet and performance artist who campaigns on trans visibility with bold, colourful portraits on social media. But they are often trolled for the way they look. When I told my family I was trans, one of their initial reactions was, "But you're so hairy!
When it comes to grooming, men have followed the lead of women in recent years, and opted for a hair free body. There is no shame in a man admitting to waxing or shaving these days, preferring a polished torso to a hairy chest. Nothing wrong with a bit of a tidy up but men stripping themselves of all masculinity completely seems a waste.
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Body hairor androgenic hairis the terminal hair that develops on the human body during and after puberty. It is differentiated from the head hair and less visible vellus hairwhich is much finer and lighter in color. The growth of androgenic hair is related to the level of androgens often referred to as male hormones and the density of androgen receptors in the dermal papillae.
Men and women have some obvious differences for obvious reasons, normally related to reproduction and the gender roles that spawn from them. Why, for instance, do men grow beards? Why are they more likely to go bald?
Hirsutism is excessive body hair in men and women on parts of the body where hair is normally absent or minimal. It may refer to a male pattern of hair growth that may be a sign of a more serious medical condition,  especially if it develops well after puberty. Hirsutism is usually the result of an underlying endocrine imbalance, which may be adrenalovarianor central.
The first and most likely is that the hair helps to insulate our heads—without it, we would have a constantly frigid noggin due to the large surface area and the constant flow of blood to our brains, both of which allow for large amounts of heat to be released. The second theory for why our head hair outgrows our body hair revolves around an evolutionary theory called homo aquaticuswhich states that our ancestors evolved on the coast, gathering food from the sea. Being covered in body hair would have made it more difficult to wade around in the water and to catch fishgiving an evolutionary advantage to those with less body hair, resulting in the genetic extinction of voluminous body fur.