17 Years Behind
Not that Esquire should be considered the vanguard of the progression of human thought, but in their May 2015 issue, in the article entitled The New Rules For Men, a section stands out:
No. 747 Hair growth a man must always maintain: eyebrows, nose hair, ear hair, hair on his head (if applicable).
No. 748 Hair growth a man must never maintain: arm, leg, knuckle, armpit.
No. 749 Everything else: negotiable.
Notwithstanding the alanis-morissette-irony of the absolutism of these rules in a article specifically about new rules, rule 749 would have been laughable a decade ago. Being on the forefront of human something-or-another, I started shaving my chest in 1998, and never heard the end of it for the rest of high school. Today: no one would blink an eye. So, what is No. 748 doing there?
And yes, I am male, and I shave my armpits. Welcome to 2015 Esquire.
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