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Manscaping is a neologism that was brought into American homes in the early 2000's by "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy;" portmanteau for "landscaping" the male body by shaving, trimming, waxing, or brushing the body hair. A neologism (from Greek νεολογισμός νέος [neos] = new; λόγος [logos] = word) is a word, term, or phrase which has been recently created (coined) — often to apply to new concepts, to synthesize pre-existing concepts, or to make older terminology sound more contemporary. ... Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is an hour-long American television series that premiered on the Bravo cable television network on July 15, 2003, and promptly became both a surprise hit (at least by the standards of cable TV) and one of the most talked-about television programs of... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Hair is also a musical: see Hair (musical) and Hair (movie) Hair is the filamentous outgrowth of the epidermis found in mammals. ...

Until the late 70's (the era of the mustache), it was considered a secret for American males to shave or otherwise remove hair below the neck. Some exceptions are bodybuilders, who would do so in order to make their muscular definition more visible, as well as swimmers who often shave body hair to improve their athletic performance, and cyclists, who often shave their legs to facilitate massage and treatment of accident injuries. Now over 75% of men (taken from a sampling of 4500 men in a GQ Magazine survey)claim that they have or continue to trim for either their girlfriends or wives. The same poll asked 4500 women if they preferred, didnt care , or were disgusted at the act of manscaping and found that over 87% preferred the act. A razor shaving some stubble off the underside of a chin. ... Bodybuilder Anders Graneheim (Sweden) Bodybuilding is the sport of developing muscle fibers through the combination of weight training, increased caloric intake, and rest. ... Swimming is the method by which humans (or other animals) move themselves through water. ... A cyclist is a person who engages in cycling whether as a sport or rides a bicycle for recreation or transportation. ...

Towards the end of the 1990s, some American men, especially those in Generation X, began to remove their body hair, some claiming it made them feel "cleaner", others asserting that it made them feel cooler in warm weather. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...

References in popular culture

  • The front cover of the November, 1993 issue of Vanity Fair magazine featured Sylvester Stallone nude (but seated in such a manner so that the genitalia were not visible) and with a completely shaved body (at least in all of the areas that could be seen in the photo). The cover created controversy at the time, but probably due to the nudity rather than the lack of body hair (Stallone had previously appeared with a shaved body in some of the films he starred in, most notably Rambo: First Blood Part II).
  • On an episode of Married with Children, the star Al Bundy is forced to have his armpit hair shaved for medical reasons. He laments this due to his not feeling it manly to do so.
  • There is body hair removal in The 40-Year-Old Virgin involving Steve Carell.
  • A similar scene was filmed in the location documentary for Jack Black's Nacho Libre Confessional, episode #3. Jack Black's character is based on Mexican wrestlers who are expected to be hairless.
  • In the premiere episode of Amish in the City, teenagers from the city felt revulsion at the sight of a bare-chested Amish man and immediately shaved his chest.
  • There is a deleted scene in the cartoon show American Dad!, where a character says: "Points for manscaping", after seeing the main character, Stan Smith, nude.[citation needed]

Vanity Fair is a glossy American glamour magazine monthly that offers a mixture of articles on high-brow culture, jet-set and entertainment-business personalities, politics, and current affairs. ... Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone (born July 6, 1946), is an American Academy Award-nominated film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Released on Friday, May 24, 1985, the second movie of Rambo, Rambo: First Blood Part II, has Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) released from prison by Federal order to document the possible existence of POWs in Vietnam, under the belief that he will find nothing and the government can sweep the issue... Married. ... Al Bundys classic couch pose Al Bundy is a fictional character from the U.S. television series Married. ... See drugs, medication, and pharmacology for substances that are used to treat patients. ... The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a 2005 comedy film starring Steve Carell and directed by Judd Apatow. ... Steven John Carell (born August 16, 1962) is an American Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actor and writer, currently starring in the American version of the television sitcom The Office. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ... Amish in the City was an American reality television series by UPN which involved five Amish teenagers living in a house in the Hollywood Hills to experience English (non-Amish) culture. ... The Amish (IPA: , are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States and Ontario, Canada that are known for their plain dress and limited use of modern devices such as automobiles and electricity. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

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Manscaping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (425 words)
Manscaping is a neologism that was brought into American homes in 2004 by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; portmanteau for "landscaping" the male body by shaving, trimming, waxing, or brushing the body hair.
Until relatively recently, it was considered unusual for American males to shave or otherwise remove hair below the neck.
This page was last modified 13:58, 4 June 2006.
CollegeHumor Article: Manscaping for the Modern Man (547 words)
For those of you who don’t know, Manscaping is the term used for the strategic de-hairying of the male body.
Manscaping has been around for thousands of years, but went out of style from about 1000 AD till 2001.
Being properly manscaped has many benefits: less rashes, bigger looking genitals and a more defined taint, which is something we all want.
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