The New Male Grooming


Beard popularity has led some razor companies to promote more "manscaping" below the neck. Caroline and Cristen explore how men are becoming more invested in hair removal and grooming than ever before.

Episode sources:

"The Brooklyn Beard Goes Mainstream" by Alex Williams. Jan. 08, 2014. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/fashion/the-brooklyn-beard-goes-mainstream.html?_r=1

"Beard envy? Surgery may be the answer" by Chris Boyette. March 13, 2014. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/health/beard-transplants/

"Hipster wannabes get facial hair transplants" by Natalie O'Neill. Feb. 25, 2014. The New York Post. http://nypost.com/2014/02/25/hipster-wannabes-forking-over-thousands-for-facial-hair-transplants/

"Beards Are Officially Uncool Because The New York Times Has Called Them a Trend" by Scott Christian. Jan. 09, 2014. GQ. http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-feed/2014/01/new-york-times-beards-trend-story.html

"Not Shaving Hurts Razor Sales." Jan. 27, 2014. NPR. http://www.npr.org/2014/01/27/266941622/the-last-word-in-business

"Beards Trim P&G's Sales as 'Movember Fuels Hairy Look" by Lauren Coleman-Lochner. Jan. 25, 2014. Bloomberg. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-24/p-g-says-growing-beard-popularity-is-trimming-grooming-sales.html

"Gilette Stymied by Beards, Heads South" by Lisa Wade. Feb. 20, 2014. Sociological Images. http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/02/20/gillette-stymied-by-beards-heads-south/

"History of Hair Removal." Elle. http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/history-of-hair-removal#slide-6

"Isn't He Lovely: Bare Down There and Everwhere Else" by Cristen Conger. Sept. 19, 2011. Bitch. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/isnt-he-lovely-bare-down-there-and-everywhere-else

"A He-Wax For Him" by Rachel Felder. April 10, 2012. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/fashion/men-turn-to-bikini-waxing.html?_r=3&ref=style

"Manscaping: A Guy's Guide to Getting Rid of Body Hair" by Holly C. Corbett. Men's Fitness. http://www.mensfitness.com/styleandgrooming/fashion/manscaping-guys-guide-getting-rid-body-hair

Academic Insights:

"Correlates of body hair depilation in men" by Michael Boroughs. June 01, 2009. Graduate School Theses and Dissertations. http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2863&context=etd&sei-redir=1#search=%22Michael%20Boroughs%20brown%20university%22

"Male Body Depilation: Prevalence and Associated Features of Body Hair Removal" by Michael Boroughs, Guy Cafri and J. Kevin Thompson. May 2005. Sex Roles. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-005-3731-9#page-1

"Hair today, gone tomorrow: A comparison of body hair removal practices in gay and heterosexual men" by Yolanda Martins, Marika Tiggemann and Libby Churchett. September 2008. Body Image. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1740144508000508

Topics in this Podcast: men, shaving, body hair, best of 2014 body image, best of 2014 men