I was honestly surprised by the bottom line decision on this question (77% yes, 23% no).
However, it’s even more interesting to look at some arguments individually.
Disclaimer: The comments I’m referring to were handpicked to show a specific trend, or because I felt inclined to inspect them more closely. However, the comments in the link have a great variety of opinion on both sides. This is NOT a summary of the discussion there.
A men should be able to shave his armpits if he pleases. pubic hair on armpits can sometimes be uncomfortable, and it doesn’t affect men at all to have our armpits shaved. Plus i think lady’s like hairless armpits any day over armpits full of sweaty hair. Men are free to shave their armpits.
This starts out great, it’s a matter of choice, it doesn’t affect you in any way. Neat! But then it hits you, in the commenter’s opinion, men should be able to choose if they want to shave their armpits, but women, definitely should shave, no choice involved.
While I may be overreaching with this interpretation, here’s a clearer comment to this effect
It looks, feels, and smells so much better!
Oh my gosh there are so many arguments I could give for this. I will give these 1) Armpit hair is disgusting. It’s a big bush of gross stuff! You really don’t need it. There’s no point of it being there. Just get rid of it! People, both men and women, tend to feel so much more attractive without it. 2) There is nothing unmanly about removing armpit hair. In this day and age, it doesn’t really matter if men keep or remove their armpit hair. Sorry girls, but you could never get away with choosing what to do with your armpit hair! You have to get rid of it ;) But it’s perfectly acceptable either way for a man to have hairy or hairless pits.
4) There’s no reason to be ashamed of shaving your armpits. Most people either prefer or don’t care if you remove your pit hair. People prefer it! And who can blame them! It’s so hot. God doesn’t care! You’re following his commandments still, in fact he commands you to take good care of your body and treat it like the temple it is! So plus points to you! I think the biggest problem of insecurity of men who remove their armpit hair is not what others think, but what the man is afraid of others thinking. Rest assured man, you’re doing the right thing ;) If someone does make fun of you or say some cruel comment about it, don’t get offended or even listen to them. They are wrong! And if they care about something so shallow as a man not wanting to have gross pit hair, they are not worth being friends with!
5) You know it looks hot, and you know it’s good. This is not “de-masculizing” men. Masculinity is not defined by what kind of hair a man has and where he has it. People that think that a man has to look like an ape to be a man are misled and wrong! Shave and be happy!
As with most positive comments, there’s stuff I do agree with here, although it being a bit of a ranty comment. Sure, it shouldn’t be emasculating, it doesn’t make you a little boy, but here it’s very clear who can choose and who can’t.
There’s a whole bunch of positive comments that mostly focus on choice and leave all the bullshit aside, some talk about personal experience, some simply highlight the benefits of shaving.
Negative comments have some tried and true bigotry, but some have more going on
Body builders, Competitive Swimmers and devout Muslims only!
Why should a guy be as smooth as a lady or pre-pubescent boy? In my opinion, it looks completely disgusting and awkward! If you compete in bodybuilding or swimming, you have at least an excuse. If you’re Muslim, that’s your choice. I see nothing wrong with trimming them if desired :-)
Big hell NO!!!
Men are men because of their hair. I won’t date a guy with shaved armpits or no hair there. I can see girls shaving, but for guys, shaving is a big turned off for me. I like what natural man’s body has to offer. I can not imagine to be with someone who shaves his armpits all the time. NO, NO, NO!!!
Probably not a good idea.
I decided to shave my pits because I was going to Florida with several girls and I didn’t want to be the hairy guy on the beach and the roller coasters. However, when my mom found out, she basically called me stupid and feminist, and I got more embarrassed than I ever would have gotten there.
So it’s your call. It depends who you’re with and who’s going to judge you. I personally am letting mine grow back out and I probably won’t ever shave them again. Besides, hairy pits are more comfortable.
This one is frustrating on several levels. It’s shame that drove him to shave his pits in the first place, not an actual personal preference. so after conforming to “norms” the guy still can’t catch a break and discovers he overshot his goal to not be singled out, by his mom no less. Also, I only lately discovered that Feminist is actually used as a pejorative.
Men should not have to shave their armpits if they don’t feel as if they need to. Men still need to be men, why take everything away from them? The only reason women shave is to remove excess hair in order to be more feminine. Armpit hair really doesn’t harm anyone, so why should men have to remove it?
This comment made me reconsider the way the topic itself was phrased. I initially understood it as “Could men shave their armpits?" while in fact, it’s more like "Should we apply the same arbitrary armpit rules women have to men as well?" which is a different and awful ballgame altogether.