Which decade was the most and least hairiest on male bodies?

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  1. elegant20

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    If you had to choose a certain decade, which era do you think was the time where guys at their most hairy phase as well as their least hairy phase. There is no right or wrong answer. Just observation. Here's mine:

    For most hairy guys, the 70s.

    For least hairy guys, the 80s.

    What's your pick?
     
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    Least hairy would probably be now. All I see are advertisments with these guys who look like pre-pubescent boys on steroids.
     
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    The entire mid-19th century was, by far, the hairiest period for men. While the 60s and 70s represented males as hairy, this fashion was confined to the younger crowd. Not so in the 19th century when men of all classes reigned in extravagant hair styles from long to short and any gentleman capable of growing a beard, did. And not just beards to the mid-chest, but muttonchops, handlebar mustaches, and all their variations. The 19th century also saw an increase in public hygiene that allowed men not to shave as many men of previous generations did so the hair you did see wasn't a wig. It's worth mentioning that male body shaving is a very new western fashion though clipping short is not. One of the more interesting footnotes in the history of hygiene is that modern deodorant was developed in the 19th century and quickly adopted by women but not widely adopted by men until the early 1930s. Our BO-free first world is a modern invention.

    The least hairiest period is right now. Manscaping is commonly accepted. Women expect at least a trimmed man. Men shaving or depilatating body hair, especially armpits, was not generally accepted in the 80s until the end when the shaved chest started to come into fashion.
     
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    Least hairy were the 1950's. Just check out the vintage "male nude models" of that period. All muscles, usually standing akimbo, oiled down and shining.

    Most hairy was 1970 to 1978 when porn stars such as Harry Reems proudly showed their hairy butts (Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones, et al) and carpeted chests. It was the era of BIG moustaches and "the clone" look along the Castro and in Greenwich Village in the gay community. But in 1978 men were shaving their beards and trying to look like a cadre of less hairy young actors that started with Kevin Kline, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Costner, and Tom Barringer (who were already too old for "Hollywood"). The hairless male look would eventually focus on the "Brat Pack" five years later consisting of Charley Sheen, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe or anyone that might consider Molly Ringwald's panties worth exploring. This has continued through the last two decades.

    I'd still take Walter Houston, as the crazed, woolly and wiry old-timer in Treasure of the Sierra Madre in lieu of any of the previous actors.

    Fortunately, body hair is making a comeback. But I'm am an admirer of Bear Kulture and am married to one.
     
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    Weird, very weird, but i guess the 70's, in the 80's the gym-hype started and men started to shave their chests and anything else.
     
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    Most hairy 1965-1980
    Least hairy 1995 to the present
     
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    heavy metal era in the late 80 and earlly 90 was a very hairy era
     
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    I don't know but it seems that hair is coming back. More and more male models are showing up in ads with facial and chest hair.
     
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    I have noticed that too. I think guys who are completely shaved look creepy. I like having body hair and I think it looks manly. I see so many guys in the shower at my gym completely shaved and I don't get it. Why do they want to look like a pre-pubescent boy? I remeber how excited I was when I was going through puberty to have pubic hair. Why would I want to shave it all off? Aside from the appearance issue, I think it is also a huge amount of work to keep all of that hair off of your body. I would also imagine that it must get quite itchy when it starts growing back (remember that Seinfeld episode where Jerry shaved his chest hair). I might trim once every 6 months when it starts getting unruly, but I would never shave it all off.
     
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    So does anybody think the 80s was the era when guys were either shaved or not. There were some hairy guys like Tom Selleck, Chad Douglas, etc. that were hairy, though not extremely hairy.
     
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    Tom Selleck is about the only actor to carry fur into the 1990's. Good thing, too. Despite being an uptight neo conservative Republican he never attacked the gay community for its right to exist and live in peace.

    But the 1980's was the era of BIG HAIR for young women and girls and the more you could pull off the Johnny Depp look of hairless checks and a baby-like face, the more in-tune you were with male fashion at the time. Rob Lowe, a major joke during that decade, still has the body of an 18 year-old piece of chicken.
     
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    Anymore?
     
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