r/NoStupidQuestions 14d ago Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 2 Take My Power 1

Is it weird for a guy to envy girls because they get to shave their armpits?

I'm a heterosexual guy, but for some reason, I find armpit hair repulsive. Arm and leg hair on myself, I'm ok with, but armpit hair just feels gross. Whenever I see girls with their hairless armpits, I envy them because it looks so neat and clean. I wish I could have hairless armpits like them but it's not socially acceptable and would weird out some people if I did remove the hair.

But is it weird that I feel this way and want to shave my armpit hair off?

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u/SprinklesMore8471 14d ago Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Just shave bro. I've trimmed mine for years

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u/Como_thellamas 14d ago edited 14d ago Wholesome

Freshly trimmed pits feel great. Can rock a muscle shirt without looking like i'm smuggling troll dolls under my arms.

Proof: Am one hairy bastard

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u/musclehussle 14d ago

I’m a girl and my bf sometimes shaves his arm pits and I don’t think it’s weird at all. For one, your body and upto you what you do with it but also seems cleaner and fresher when it’s warm

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u/Elaan21 14d ago Silver Wholesome

I still remember back in high school when a male friend of mine put his arm over my shoulders (I'm a short gal) and I felt the sweaty pit hair. We were in marching band and so everyone was sweaty af, but the sweaty Tribble on my shoulder was not okay.

It comes down to amount of hair and length. If you're not super hairy under there, it's usually fine, but if you're smuggling pomeranians under your arms, it's probably better to trim (or shave) when sweaty and sleeveless is a thing.

Pretty much the same as pubes. I don't care if a partner (regardless of gender, I'm bi/pan) doesn't shave/wax, but keeping things trimmed is preferred, especially if they are naturally sweaty. But I also know some really hairy folks who manage to stay not-funky so it just depends.

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u/musclehussle 14d ago

Smuggling Pomeranian’s hahaha love that

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u/helcor 14d ago

Upvoted for “sweaty tribble” lol

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u/onlyoneshann 14d ago

I’ve had the sweaty armpit hair touch me too and it’s sooo gross! It was years ago but the memory is still so strong just reading your comment made me gag a bit. Also agree on keeping the pubes trimmed. No one wants to get near sweaty swamp genitals.

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u/westwardian 14d ago

Up vote for "this one time at band camp" story

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u/Elaan21 14d ago

I specifically deleted that phrase from my story after realizing I had type it lol

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u/KnifeFightChopping 14d ago

Solid Trek reference.

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u/Dangcheetah 14d ago

Oh the Trouble With Tribbles

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u/MiddleofInfinity 14d ago

My Dads nastiest story from HS is when he played shirts & skins Bball. (For 1 Dad wasn’t a sports guy, he was known for being an Anti-Jock. Early 70s He & his buds would wear monster masks w/jockstraps they painted dayglo colors during pep rallies n whenever there was a “Cheer” they’d do an Anti-Cheer. If there were posters & decorations for the next game he’d tear them down & spit on them. The coach put out a bounty to kick his ass but he was good friends w/the quarterback & the rest of the team) It was just funny he had any gym story at all. - so he’s playing on the ‘shirts’ team. They’re all trying to get the ball & this big Shrek-like hairy guy had his arm up - my Dad accidentally shoved his hand into Shreks sweaty armpit. In his embellished story he pulled back a sweat/slime covered hand. Ugh

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u/_Futureghost_ 14d ago

Props to your bf! I wish all guys would. They'd smell so much better for longer as the deodorant would actually reach their skin.

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u/Different_Network702 14d ago

Actually the hair is there to amplify the smell. If you remove it your armpits smell much less deodorant or no. The hair increases the surface area so it makes it smell much more.

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u/HeeHawHero 14d ago

i am a hairy bastard who had decided to just embrace my hairy. but lately i have been discovering that manscaping beyond just the pelvic area (which is something i had always kept up with) can go a long way

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u/BigBeagleEars 14d ago

I use anti perspirant everywhere. Pits, chest, lower back, ass crack, ball sack, wiener, what ever the place where the inner thigh meets the abdomen is called. It works a lot better with trimmed hair

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u/MainliningCoffee247 14d ago edited 14d ago

I had to stop using antiperspirant because it seemed to clog up my pores and I would start developing subcutaneous cysts all around the affected area. It's all scarred and pock-marked now. :( Just a cautionary tale to use responsibly and stop use with any sign of side-effects.

Almost makes me wish I could grow a full-blown Tribble there.

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u/ChillBill18 14d ago

what ever the place where the inner thigh meets the abdomen is called

Your groin?

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u/Sandstormink 14d ago

Troll dolls, love it. I always used to say it looks like I'm carrying two Persian cats under my arms.

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u/become_taintless 14d ago

Don King in a headlock

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u/Poignant_Porpoise 14d ago

A huge plus for me is that it makes it a lot easier to apply roll-on deodorant too.

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u/Geek_asaurus_Rex 14d ago

I always thought of it as having Buckwheat in a headlock, but I like your version.

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u/calibared 14d ago

Idk what part of the world OP lives in but self grooming isn’t and shouldn’t be frowned upon.

I trim mine down to 3mm. I cant shave all the way because it would irritate my skin. But damn freshly trimmed pits are great and its wayy easier to apply deodorant

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u/ephemeralkitten 14d ago

Just two... more... millimeters...

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u/arkrunningbear85 14d ago

Electric razor blade clip on guides are a thing 🤨

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u/beefybeefcat 14d ago

I'm a woman and that's what I do too, for the same reasons, but also I'm blonde so it hardly shows.

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u/SketchingScars 14d ago

Seconded (or like, probably hundredth guy to say it) but I also trim my arm pits. If I don’t, I have scraggly strands that poke out from the main area and can sometimes be seen past my sleeve line for short sleeves. Not looking to show it off, therefore…

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u/Nanyea 14d ago

Swimmers do it all...

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u/ceo_of_seggs 14d ago

yea i remember back in the day my swim bros and i would be in the locker room before a big meet just shaving away at our pits and helping each other shave hard to reach areas

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u/MyUsernameIsAwful 14d ago

No one will care if you shave your armpits.

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u/_____---_-_-_- 14d ago

It ain't even a very gendered thing. Bodybuilders and many action stars tend to be like totally shaven.

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u/knoxkayc 14d ago

I shave it clean because I don't want puby looking hair on my deodorant stick. No one has ever said anything, and I'm not sure they've even noticed.

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u/Key_Education_7350 14d ago

It's good they haven't said anything. It's creepy enough that they're looking at your deodorant stick, commenting would just be way worse.

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u/HansenTakeASeat 14d ago

I'm neither of those things and I shave mine.

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u/rubertidom 14d ago

Look at pro wrestling

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u/KasaneTeto_ 14d ago

I've been doing this since I was maybe 15 and nobody has ever cared.

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u/DawnBringer01 14d ago

Bro nobody cares if you shave your armpits. Actually if I plan on wearing sleeveless shirts I tend to shave mine because it looks better.

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u/TheyNeverUpvoteMe 14d ago

Same. For summertime I don't shave it off fully but I do keep it trimmed very short. People can fuck right off if they have an issue with it, it's not their body.

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u/Laeryl 14d ago

Same : I keep it trimmed because I like the way they look.

OP, your body, your choices. It works the same way for men and women.

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u/tstngtstngdontfuckme 14d ago

Isn't that itchy tho?

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u/evildoofenschmirtz 14d ago

only when it grows back after shaving. trimming it doesn’t make it itchy tho

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u/CorianderSuuucks 14d ago

Seconded. Dunno why but no itch or prickliness! OP trimming is the way to go, get yourself a cheapo besrd trimmer and trim away!

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u/Anchovieee 14d ago

Yes! Just make sure you keep a low guard on. I made that mistake once, and never again.

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u/evildoofenschmirtz 14d ago

i think shaving makes it itchy because it causes irritation and your hairs get cut at an angle and end up below the skin so when it grows out, it stabs you a little bit. trimming doesn’t do that tho

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u/Justokmemes 14d ago

no its obvious that the hair follicles' feelings are hurt and are exacting revenge

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u/evildoofenschmirtz 14d ago

honestly that’s fair of them to do that, i cant blame them

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u/Turtle4hire 14d ago

I heard doofenschmirtz incorporated us unionized now

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u/evildoofenschmirtz 14d ago

of course it is, it’s one of the few corporations that cares for its employees :)

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u/GenericMemesxd 14d ago

I've never felt itchy after trimming it.

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u/Assassinatitties 14d ago

Well see.... i shaved mine a couple of times. But I have adhd, so I would forget to maintain and it does get rather irritating. So.... I'll trim if anything

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u/NSA_Chatbot 14d ago

Same. I think it looks better on me. Seems to make the antiperspirant work better too.

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u/unstable_starperson 14d ago

Word. I trim mine shorter, I think it helps with deodorant and just general body odor. Barely anyone ever notices, but when they do and give me that judgmental “why would you do that?” I just politely tell them that it’s “because fuck you”

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u/Virtual_Knee_4905 14d ago

Same here. I shave because my body odor is so much stronger with hair and I've never had anyone say anything about it.

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u/jetsetninjacat 14d ago

I've been shaving mine for almost 20 years now. My deodorant works way better. I started doing it when metrosexual became popular and if people asked I would just say that was why I did it. It wasn't, but that ended questioning pretty fast usually.

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u/Turtle4hire 14d ago

Or you could just look around and when they ask what are you doing tell them you are looking for someone that gives a fuck about what they think

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u/Swimming-Tap-4240 14d ago

Who is asking?You could just say it's because of BO but,you do you.

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u/HeavensAnger 14d ago

100%. If i don't it gets out of control. Gotta keep your shit clean my guy.

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u/ijbh2o 14d ago Silver Helpful Table Slap

I am not a particularly hirsute man. However, if I do not periodically trim back my pits, it looks like I have Don King in a headlock.

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u/JillybeanMarie87 14d ago

LOL this is the funniest comparison. Thanks for the giggle ❤️😆

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u/ijbh2o 14d ago

Very welcome!!! For real though. Little chest and tummy hair patch. Nothing on my back. Not overly thick arm or leg hair. Armpits = Sasquatch

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u/JillybeanMarie87 14d ago

Idk why but this reminded me of a guy in high school who had a different hair problem. He was a hairy sasquatch on almost his entire body; chest, arms, back, you name it...except for his head, which was heavily balding on the top of his head. He was 18 years old and already appeared to be suffering from a severe case of male pattern baldness. Poor guy. Wonder how he's doing now hairwise, lol. This was back in 2003, so almost 20 years ago now.

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u/ijbh2o 14d ago

I know the type. Was a swimmer in HS and College. Sophomore year of College my roomie was a swimmer (every year really, no regular College student wants a roomie that wakes up at 4am to go to morning practice before class), and had similar issues. Now if you know, you know, but swimmer generally shave down for the final big meet every year. Everything not covered by a Speedo. This man had a sweater on even after removing all his clothes. Guess who got to help him shave his back??

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u/ThisMomIsAMother questions, questions everywhere and no answers to give. 14d ago

Total upvote for use of hirsute!

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u/Swimming-Tap-4240 14d ago

Hirsute or hairsuit lol.

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u/Thats_arguable 14d ago

I'm so confused by this post. Maybe leg hair is a bit less acceptable if you're not muscular there but armpits?!

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u/Mormel414 14d ago

I'm m from the Netherlands and I always shave my armpits, not sure if it's a cultural thing.

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u/nezebilo 14d ago

I’m Nigerian and my armpits are always shaven. I don’t get it either

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u/Apprehensive-Sign910 14d ago

definitely, judging by the reactions. i guess americans tend to view beards/hair as a real masculine trait? any americans can shed aight on this? im Dutch as well and shave my armpits and nether regions, plenty of people do in my circle, excludig older generations.

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u/Zaranthan Please state your question in the form of an answer 14d ago

American culture views literally any hair below your scalp as non-feminine. Because we're a giant bag of dicks like that.

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u/Destron5683 14d ago

American here, I shave my armpits and nether regions as well. The armpits because it’s humid as fuck and I getter better performance from my antiperspirant when they are shave, and the later because they wife appreciates not having to pick pick pubes out of her teeth, and also it’s humid as fuck so I sweat more in the crotch when it’s hairy.

There is a guy at my gym that is smooth as fuck, he waxes his whole body, but if any body questioned his masculinity in ear shot they would probably be eating through a straw. So there’s that.

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u/coolneemtomorrow 14d ago

I'm also Dutch but I don't shave my arm pits. It helps me stay warm in the winter

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u/qlanga 14d ago

This is wild to me, which is pretty silly.

For the record, bodily autonomy ftw ❤️

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u/abie915 14d ago

Bro, as a guy, before I saw this post I had never spent a single nanosecond thinking about whether some other dude shaved his armpits or not.

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u/mrtn17 14d ago

my legs don't sweat like my armpits. Wet hair under my arms? Nah thx, I'll shave that road kill

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u/Dysfunctional_Vet12 14d ago

"Yea I shave my armpits, it makes me more aerodynamic when fight."

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u/Major_Jackson_Briggs 14d ago

"Look how streamlined he is"

"He has a laminar flow regime. No turbulence there at all"

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u/BostonRob423 14d ago

I was waiting for this, and you delivered. Thank you, good sir.

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u/RedditPowerUser01 14d ago

Married straight male here. I started shaving my armpits a few years ago and I’m so glad I did. I also hate armpits hair. (It’s also how I feel about pubic hair, which I also shave.) nobody cares. Just shave your armpits.

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u/Noirceuil_182 14d ago

Nevermind looking better (which I also think they do), it's just so much more comfortable, specially during summer.

And since you're doing trimming, OP, take care of the nether regions as well. You won't believe the level of comfort. (Notice I said "trimming." Shaving isn't usually worth the ensuing discomfort.)

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u/ScottTheLoser 14d ago edited 14d ago

I (male) plan to buy a body trimmer so I can shave my pits so I can wear a sleeveless t-shirt or tank top around in public. Reason being I'm embarrassed because of how thick they are as with all of my body hair (Somebody called me Sasquatch once!) and don't want people seeing them. I actually think men should shave their pits as well because armpit hair makes armpits smell worse. It isn't "manly" it's lack of grooming. Shaved pits are less smelly and in my honest opinion they look great even on men.

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u/Abazad 14d ago

Body trimmers ftw, use mine all the time. And yes, the hair contributes to odor as it keeps bacteria

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u/Early_Grass_19 14d ago

Actually, as a woman who stopped shaving armpits over a decade ago ( I keep them trimmed short now, but haven't shaved in years), the dozen or so times I've actually shaved, I smelled WAY worse until my hair grew back a little bit. I don't let it get super long anymore because it feels gross, but I like to have a little bit. It helps wick sweat a way and evaporate quicker I think.

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u/Nobodyville 14d ago

I agree with this...a little bit of armpit hair is the sweetspot for minimizing stink. Enough to let the deodorant get to my skin, but definitely worse smelling if fresh shaved

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u/bewildered_forks 14d ago

Yeah, I'm a woman who stopped shaving her pits awhile ago. The hair doesn't bother me and shaving was giving me regular ingrown hairs, which were very unpleasant.

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u/DeekermNs 14d ago

Trimming is the answer, as a man. Long hair and most of the deodorant just ends up on the hair. It's the reverse situation of butt hair. It's difficult to get stew out of a shag carpet. It's equally difficult to rub wax into the support layer of a shag carpet.

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u/KrisZepeda 14d ago

I did too when I was a teen, also arms and legs

Now i'll just do the arms, hate arm hair

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u/badb-crow 14d ago Helpful

...just shave your armpits?

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u/Hato_no_Kami 14d ago Helpful Wholesome Seal of Approval

Arnold freakin Schwarzenegger shaves his armpits, I think you're in the clear.

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u/GhostalMedia 14d ago

Yeah, pretty common with gym rats. Me, I just hate rubbing copious amounts of antiperspirant onto the lush chinchillas under my arms. That stuff works 100x better if you wack the weeds down a bit.

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u/sudaneseebolavirus 14d ago

as a woman who cant be assed to shave my armpits all the time i definitely notice antiperspirant works better with less hair and at this point that's my only motivation to shave

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u/GhostalMedia 14d ago

That stuff works way better and does less damage to my favorite clothing if it’s being applied directly to my skin and not applied like a heavy dollop of old spice pomade.

That said, I can really only be bothered to do it every couple weeks…. If that

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u/CiaphasKirby 14d ago

Here's some more motivation: the main reason armpits smell bad is because of all the bacteria living in your pit hair eating and farting. Shave the hair = an extreme reduction in the amount of bacteria making you smell like a sweaty fart. I'm a guy and this was my main reason to start shaving.

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u/emmuppet 14d ago

Hasn't worked for me and I've done both ways a plenty. I think it just differs person to person

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u/Done-Man 14d ago

This is Reddit. We don't use common sense here

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u/traumatism 14d ago

"Welcome to Reddit! Please leave all common sense at the door!"

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u/GuaranteeComfortable 14d ago edited 14d ago

Then be ready to fight with your words and forget how to spell while you're at it.

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u/Cayden5 14d ago

And be sure to correct others' spelling mistakes no matter how minor

By the way, you're*

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u/GuaranteeComfortable 14d ago

See, my point was proven! Fixed

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u/van_ebasion 14d ago

No…no, use a razor.

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u/demonardvark 14d ago

ain't that the truth.

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u/tredbobek 14d ago

Exactly

Yesterday I shaved (well, not shaved but went through with a clipper) my legs. Why? Cuz fuck it why not

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u/freshmallard 14d ago

This, a real man gives 0 fucks what another man thinks... i wesr my kilt all the time just so other dudes can tell me about how they don't have the balls to wear one

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u/youcanbroom 14d ago

I ware a skirt in the summer, because it's as comfortable as a kilt but no guys talk to me about it. win win

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u/freshmallard 14d ago

Well thats silly, you cant fit 18 beers in a skirt. I can in my kilt

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u/youcanbroom 14d ago

18? That's impressive. I can probably fir 8 in my skirt (i made it my self it has some extensive pokers going for it)

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u/_lord_nikon_ 14d ago

Just wanted to say that this thread is adorable. Can you get more manly than beers and skirts with pockets?

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u/BazlarTheGnome 14d ago

The men achieved what the women couldn't: skirt with pockets.

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u/wavestars 14d ago

Hello I heard about a skirt with pockets??

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u/PorcelainBerry 14d ago

18 beers??? Forget your kilt, I wanna know who makes your belt.

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u/freshmallard 14d ago

Tragically born without hips so a leather one tight enough yo do nerve damage

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u/mrheydu 14d ago

I shave my armpits .....just do it

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u/Equal-Detective357 14d ago

Tell everyone your a professional swimmer if feel insecure ... or runner ...

Aerodynamics !!

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u/PlasticElfEars 14d ago

You'd have to go all in for that with the legs and arms. But hey, waxing!

Bonus points of waxing- eventually the hair will sort of give up, I've heard.

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u/natedogebruh 14d ago

fr just shave

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u/TessiSue 14d ago

I really don't understand the constant male fragility concerning gender or sexuality.

Men who don't wear shorts or sandals because it's unmanly. Men who don't use their seat belts. Men who won't follow their own beauty or comfort standards just to please others.

Come on, guys. Be your own role model. Maybe you'll be someone elses, too, who did not have it in them to do what they feel like.

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u/cjm0 14d ago

the dumbest one i’ve heard is men can’t use umbrellas. like is being shielded from the rain a feminine characteristic or something?

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u/witch-finder 14d ago

This has actually been a thing forever. The guy who popularized rain umbrellas in England was mocked mercilessly for using one (this was in the 1700s). Before then, they were only used for the sun (the parasol) and seen as a woman's fashion accessory.

The fact that England, a country known for being dreary as hell, was late to adopt umbrellas is pretty funny.

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u/saladmunch2 14d ago

Wait people think shorts are unmanly?

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u/jacob6875 14d ago

If they are to short yes. (like the ones that were common in the 70s/80s)

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u/ilaythebestpipe 14d ago

Seriously I thought it was common sense lol, if you don’t like hair somewhere remove it?! I’ve trimmed mine for years because it makes me sweat a lot less

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u/Angelusishere 14d ago

This 100% Im a heterosexual male and I do it. No shame, its my hair

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u/Elitenova45 14d ago

Just do it; I trim it down short because I hate the BO smell that the hair collects. I do the same thing with Big Al for the same reason.

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u/thesausboss 14d ago Brighten My Day

It's not weird. I'm a heterosexual guy and I shave mine. It's not that big of a deal. It's normalized for guys to not do it, not people get shunned for doing it. The only people that shun you for doing it would be people who are judgemental in general and think everyone else should conform to their own personal beliefs. It's your body, do what you want with it.

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u/rolfraikou 14d ago

If anything it's like a litmus test to remove shitty people from your life. If someone made a big deal about a man shaving their pits, I'm fairly certain they have plenty of other awful attributes that would make them people to avoid having in your life.

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u/your2ndbestpick 14d ago Silver Helpful Wholesome This Rocket Like Awesome Answer

Why not just shave your arm pits if you want to. Literally the worst interaction you could get it:

“Hey dude are your armpits shaved”

“Yeah”

“Why?”

“ I like it, idk it’s just my preference”

“That’s weird”

“It’s fucking weird you care so much about my armpit hair man…”

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u/Rynetx 14d ago

I shave my armpits, I find deodorant sticks better. That’s what I say when people ask as well.

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u/Funny-Fly-5860 14d ago

Plus it makes you more aerodynamic when you fight

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u/Rynetx 14d ago

I’m a big guy, my fighting involves grabbing you and falling over.

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u/frn 14d ago Take My Energy

Yeah but at least you can't grab me by my armpit hair.

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u/Major_Jackson_Briggs 14d ago

Big brain plays there lad

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u/2fly2hide 14d ago

You see what I'm wearing? It's a kimono dawg.

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u/Yellow-Salamander 14d ago

I can take danger

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u/goats_and_rollies 14d ago

This is exactly how it should go. Grown woman over here- you do you with your pit hair, boo. I'd get down either way.

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u/CaptainEarlobe 14d ago

There you have it OP. This lady will get down with you regardless.

In fact, I'll let you both tickle my nipples.

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u/Grahhhhhhhh 14d ago

OP is cleaning up!

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u/Nethidur 14d ago

Or just say that you sweat a lot and that way you feel better. People won't ask for more.

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u/RedditPowerUser01 14d ago

I almost feel like nobody has ever asked another man why they shave their armpits. I don’t think anyone would notice.

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u/Zeyn1 14d ago

Yeah, and if you don't want to completely shave you can easily do a trim. Just make sure you wash first and there's no deodorant residue.

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u/GfxJG 14d ago

Bro - As a fellow body hair hater, who shaves or trims pretty much everywhere - Nobody gives a fuck. Been doing it for around 10 years, never got so much as a comment. Trust me, nobody cares.

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u/EightBitRanger 14d ago

Why don't you just shave it then? Like what's the big deal?

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u/fire_goddess11 14d ago

He's frightened of other men judging him.

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u/JeF4y 14d ago

Yet here we all are, judging him. Classic backfire.

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u/NerdModeCinci 14d ago

I’m never gunna stop

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u/babygirlruth 14d ago

Are men supposed to check out each others armpits from time to time or what? I don't understand how you can even notice that let alone pay attention

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u/IUpvoteUsernames 14d ago

You mean you didn't have pit inspection day in school?

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u/LetDeirdrebeHappypls 14d ago

And it’s not even something other men would give you that hard of a time with. I guess only if you live in an extremely insecure macho shithole? And even then you can come up with lots of acceptably “manly” excuses for wanting to shave your pits like:

Deodorant glides way more smoothly on shaved pits

You sweat a fuckton and it gets trapped in the hair

The hair is coarse and rough and gets everywhere

Doctor’s orders cus you have XYZ fucked up bacteria growing in your biohazardous armpit hair

Martial artists, bodybuilders and many olympians shave their pits for maximum performance and you wanna do some MANLY sports

Why are you so interested in my armpits, bro? That’s kinda gay, bro.

Etc etc

Of course the truly manly thing would be to just not care what other people think but fragile masculinity go brrrr.

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u/hiismzns 14d ago

Is it really socially unacceptable for men to be completely shaven? Aren’t most male models, bodybuilders etc completely shaven? Do people find them repulsive? Same with ancient Greek statues of men, do people find them repulsive?

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u/randomchic123 14d ago edited 14d ago

Came to say this. Pretty sure male models in magazines all have their armpits shaven. Don’t know what the problem is.

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u/gobbledegookmalarkey 14d ago

Its not socially unacceptable in any way and I'm a bit confused why op would ever think it is.

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u/doghorseman 14d ago

I feel like most guys don't care lol.. this thread is so stupid ..

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u/Gooseguzzler101 Almighty being of stupidity 14d ago

In the contrary I find shaved men to be more attractive in almost any situation.

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u/OnTheCanRightNow 14d ago

Museum curator here. Can confirm, we spend hours every week shaving the Greek statuary.

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u/Formal_Obligation 14d ago

I think it’s more of an Anglo-American thing. In a lot of European countries, most men shave their armpits.

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u/NasseHeger 14d ago

Yea, I've shaven my armpits since I started to grow hair there and never even thought about it as something that "men aren't supposed to do" until this post showed up.

Not a single person ever mentioned it to me here... I mean why would they?

I even shaved my legs once or twice and no one gave a shit. 100% of these kind of insecurities are in our own heads, others don't nearly care as much about you as you might think.

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u/Maranne_ 14d ago

Shave your armpits, dude. It's plenty socially acceptable. In fact, I prefer it on men I date.

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u/Cannelope 14d ago

My husband doesn’t even grow it. It’s like slightly furry. Like on a woman’s face.

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u/FrequencyExplorer 14d ago edited 14d ago

Yeah, I support you in shaving your own armpit for any reason you might. Even no reason at all. It’s ok. You can still be totes straight.

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u/pwlloth 14d ago

don’t have to be but i’ll allow it ;)

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u/GiftFrosty 14d ago

Dude, if you want to shave your armpits fucking shave your armpits. They are literally your armpits. If anyone says anything - that's your answer. "I like them. Fuck you."

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u/Revy4223 14d ago

Dude, there are catalogs out there of so called manly men, posing, and thier armpits are shaved. Life is too short to feel uncomfortable, shave ya armpits if ya want to!

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u/GNS1991 14d ago

Not socially acceptable? What? I'm a guy and I shave my armpits, mainly because they sweat less during summer.

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u/Tarantinotwin 14d ago

I don’t think anyone would judge you for shaving your armpits. I shave mine and nobody cares.

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u/intothebunnyhole 14d ago

I don't know why you are jealous? I wish I didn't have to worry about body hair. Wanna switch places?

If you want to shave, go ahead.

But stubbles, ingrown hairs, dark looking pits, accidental cuts, razor burns and razor bumps, really suck. (And I think are worse looking than arm pit hair)

Having to occupy your mind constantly and maintenance up keep might also get tiring and lower self esteem. (At least to me it did)

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u/Emendatus 14d ago Silver

It's weird because girls (feel like they) have to shave their armpits. You have the choice. Society says girls should shave their armpits; society doesn't care one bit about your armpits.

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u/MaddiMoo22 14d ago

Right?? And it bothers me that he made the point to say hair disgusts him, but he's okay with it on himself?? Bro we don't like shaving please don't judge us either

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u/TheRebelCatholic 14d ago edited 14d ago

Yes exactly, I don’t understand why he’s like “I am so jealous that girls get to shave”. Sorry, but have you ever nicked your armpits before? It is not a pleasant situation. It is fucking sensitive and it hurts like HELL! Even if I don’t nick myself, the razor burn hurts even worse when putting deodorant or perfume on. And if I don’t, then I will have people who are looking at me like I’m disgusting and should be shunned. So to hear a guy tell me that he’s jealous of what I get to go through kind of ticks me off, especially considering that I don’t think anyone will shun him for shaving to begin with.

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u/4Yavin 14d ago

Right! We don't "get" to....it's entirely expected.

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u/petitememer 14d ago

Yeah most women don't feel like they "get to shave" it's more like "society generally considers me disgusting if I have hair below my neck, so I have to shave". That's deeply fucked up for multiple reasons but that's another discussion I guess.

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u/redditor-for-2-hours 14d ago

I had a coworker at a fast food place who kept complaining because a teenage girl wore capris and didn't shave her legs. She said it was a health and safety risk. But she said it was okay for guys to wear shorts without shaved legs in the kitchen. Because apparently man leg hair isn't a health and safety risk, but woman leg hair is. When I pointed this out to her, her brain broke.

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u/Idk_whats_real 14d ago

My husband didn’t realize women grew hair in their pits up until a few months ago when he walked in on me shaving mine. He thought only some women did, the way some women grow beards.

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u/lowrcase 14d ago

…….. Wow.

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u/CCSham 14d ago

I’m a woman and don’t shave my armpits. Mostly because last year I realized that I was doing it because society expects it of me and I decided that that’s a good reason to do the opposite. I also don’t wear a bra or shave my legs. Damn society, I’m doing what’s comfortable

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u/Emendatus 14d ago

Damn society, I'm doing what's comfortable.

Love that attitude.

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u/Angel_OfSolitude 14d ago

Why would anyone care about your armpits? If they do, tell them to fuck off and mind their own pits.

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u/doowgad1 14d ago

Watch WWE wrestling. Most of those guys look smooth.

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u/Ilookpplintheeyes_10 14d ago

Why are we caring what is socially acceptable…? Tattoos aren’t considered socially acceptable in some places. You do you. I say rock the razor or the wax and let’s worry less what others think. If you are worried and someone asks just tell them you don’t like deodorant sticking to the hair or something.

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u/ice1000 14d ago

I wish I could have hairless armpits like them but it's not socially acceptable and would weird out some people if I did remove the hair.

Mountain out of a molehill.

Shave your armpit. Don't show people.

No one cares.

Lie. 'I have armpit alopecia.'

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u/soaring-arrow 14d ago

My bf is the manliness man you'll ever find and he shaves his pits.

Go for it dude.

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u/FranchiseCA 14d ago

I trim my armpit and groin hair very short to reduce how much sweat odor it retains. I don't feel a need to shave, but if I did I wouldn't feel self-conscious. You don't need to either.

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u/therapy_seal 14d ago

Trimming is better than shaving anyways, imo. Shaving results in skin sticking to skin. Having some hair creates a barrier to prevent that.

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u/Atyrius God of Pancake 14d ago

Bro literally shave your armpits. Has nothing to do with being gay or straight. Lol wtf? Shave the armpits bro. Fuck it.

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u/colorcodedbooks 14d ago

I actually prefer guys who shave their armpits. Hugging a guy in a tank top and getting their pit hair on my shoulder is my least fave thing lol

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u/osinkoo 14d ago

What does your heterosexuality have to do with anything? Genuinely confused.

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u/carny666 14d ago

Yeah it's weird because you can shave your arm pits any time you want. Some men find that having less armpit hair feels airier and less itchy. Men's hair typically grows faster than women's hair, so if men do elect to shave their arms, they'll likely have to do it more often.

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u/DifferentIsPossble 14d ago

Just say you sweat a lot and this helps antiperspirant work. People actually do that. Bam. Problem solved.

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u/pyrolover6666 14d ago

It's weird that you think that it's socially unacceptable for men to shave body hair.

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u/Past_Restaurant_2169 14d ago

I'd even argue it's more socially acceptable for men to shave their armpits than it is for women to stay hairy.

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u/caseywasey2 14d ago

I don’t think it’s weird.

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u/xrcs 14d ago

I'm a man that shaves his armpits, AMA.

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u/Parking_Ad_3922 14d ago Giggle

Well done on your heterosexuality, I can see its important to you that everyone knows your not one of them funny gays. I'm sure shaving your pits won't turn you gay or make people think you are. Edit: just shaved my pits and am now craving some dick

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u/Ballbag94 14d ago

Shave your armpits dude, fuck gender norms

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u/CurrentDismal9115 14d ago

I trim my arm pit hair down probably a few times a year, but I always leave some length. It gets irritated easily if I go too short and constant feels like my pits are getting stabbed. Try shaving just one and leaving the other amd see how many people you can get to actually say something. They'll probably notice but I doubt anyone cares until something stands out as actually weird.

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u/gokunoitis 14d ago

seems like you ask this question quite often? Will you ever get the validation your seeking from reddit?

Btw i’m a dude who shaves his pits on occasion, no one cares. Just curious what you’re looking for before you accept you can do what you want with your own body

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u/Jay985 14d ago

... yeah, that is weird. Like extremely so. Nobody cares about your armpits. Literally. Nobody. If you want to have to scrape hair off them most days to maintain smoothness that's all you dude.

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u/Homo-alono 14d ago

I’m not sure where this weird tortured straight guy victim complex is coming from but it’s getting old. No one gives a damn if you shave your armpits. What weird fucked up people are you hanging around that are going to notice then shun you for not having hairy armpits? Do you just not wear shirts? What is this question?

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