You wouldn't think that Sesame Street would be the target of a boycott, but I'm here to tell you - some people have taken issue with Bert's grooming habits.
The guys over at Grooming Lounge have a hilarious letter to Bert (and to Sesame Street in general) about the unspeakable - his unibrow.
"This has gone on long enough. For awhile we brushed it off as being quirky and cute, letting it slide because of your status as an iconic character on a classic children's series. We bit our collective tongues as you continually ignored what was apparent to everyone -- turning a blind eye to the monstrosity right above your own eyes.
Now, with Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary upon us, we've hit our limit. Somebody has to do something about it. And as two guys tasked with promoting good grooming to a new generation of men, it might as well be us. This ends today. Bert...
WE DEMAND YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR UNIBROW!"
Check out the rest of the letter over at Grooming Guys, and leave them a comment if you disagree.
Where do you stand on grooming the eyebrows? Do you cultivate the "manbrow"?
According to a new survey by Remington Products, both men and women prefer a clean-shaven face and said grooming is key to making a first impression. The nationwide poll asked 435 males about their personal grooming habits and 440 females about what male grooming styles they find the most attractive. More than half the women (57%) think poor grooming is a major turn off - if not a total deal-breaker.
The sexes are at odds about how much to trim. For example:
Back hair - Nearly three-quarters of the women (71%) prefer men at least trim their backs to avoid looking like Neanderthals, and 33% would prefer a complete shave. Three-quarters of the men, however, said they don't.
The bum - 83% of women think men should do a little neatening back there, too, but nearly two-thirds of the men (63%) said they don't.
Ears, eyebrows and nose hair - 44% of women find it troublesome when this hair is left untouched, but nearly a quarter of the men (24%) said grooming there isn't even a factor in whether they think they look their best.
Chest - More than half the women (53%) who are casually dating or divorced think a man should at least give his chest a simple trim so it doesn't look like a sweater. Overall, 40% of the women agree. However, 43% of the total women surveyed prefer men keep all their chest hair, considering it a sign of masculinity. And 17% want a smooth chest without a single hair. For the men, 83% said they have just let their chest hair grow.
Groin - 60% of the women who are casually dating said there should be some trimming around the groin, as did more than 56% of the women who are younger than 40. Of the total women surveyed, 42% prefer that look, but another 42% think any grooming down under would comprise a guy's manliness. The other 16% ? They'd like it clean as a whistle. Nearly two-thirds of the men (63%) said they're still as hairy as God made them.
One key take away from the survey: men and women should tell each other what styles they think look best. 52% of the men said they would consider shaving if it was important to their significant others, and 34% of the women said their men do, in fact, need to spend more time grooming. Yet one in five (21%) of the women said they wouldn't broach the topic to avoid hurting feelings.
"The survey results reveal information I've not seen aired publicly on women's preferences for men's grooming habits and that women rarely say it. Women want their men to spend more time manscaping and at Remington, we have quality, affordable tools to help men do just that." - Kim Hegel, Marketing Communications Manager, Remington Products
To test different grooming and hair styles, Remington has created the Face of Success Challenge, an online game centered on creating a "look" or "style" with the help of various Remington and grooming shaving tools. In the game, guys create their own avatar by choosing from a combination of hair styles and facial hair looks then try their skills with the game's female characters, including the fitness instructor, the blonde bombshell and the girl next door. While playing the game, guys have a conversation with the women, gauge the responses and see how much face time they get. Afterward, a "wingman" offers tips on what might have worked better, including suggestions on how to improve their look with help from Remington.
"Manscaping, or the grooming habits of the modern man, are nearing women's. Men now shave more than just their face, not to mention adopting plucking and waxing. From brow grooming to shaving what an ex-boyfriend fondly referred to as "the area", guys are cleaner and slicker than ever before. However, where is the line lie between necessary hygiene and over the top preening? "
Read the rest of the article at College News, and leave us a comment with where you draw the line.
According to a UK department store, Debenhams, men are increasingly drawn to having their eyebrows professionally groomed, with 40% of their customers made up of men.
"They are going for a treatment called "threading," an ancient method of hair removal which originated in India in which a thin twine of cotton thread is rolled over the offending area, plucking the hair from the follicle level."
I'm not sure what to think of this... Manscaping trends are rapidly approaching the level of grooming usually thought of as 'for women only'.
Are any of you considering getting the 'guybrow' professionally groomed?
"Red-blooded men are furiously trimming, shaving, and waxing themselves like, well, ladies.
Naturally, not everyone is happy with this turn of events.
"It got to the point where I started putting 'manscaping' in my list of turn-offs on dating sites,'' says an impassioned 29-year-old Jessica Wilson of Somerville. "Have you ever felt chest stubble? It's not sexy and it does not feel good! Leave yourself alone.''
Many of my cyclist and triathlete friends shave their legs, and I've started to notice a trend for other active people to shave theirs as well. If you're looking for some tips, Coach Levi has the full scoop:
"Women want their men waxed," says Loretta Wilson, owner of the Just for You Salon & Spa in Tempe, Arizona. "They're repelled by hairy chests nowadays. Chest hair is -- I really hate to say it -- an unacceptable thing," she says, adding, rather cruelly, that a "guy with hair just looks like an ape."
I'm not a very hairy guy - some chest hair, no back hair - so I don't think I'll ever go for waxing, but I know some of you are wondering "What do I do if I'm simply covered in it?"
According to the columnist:
Hey, men, don't wax your chests. It's stupid. People from places other than Las Vegas think it's weird. Use clippers surreptitiously if it's that bad.
"Waterboarding, schmaterboarding. If the U.S. military wants a truly effective-and perfectly legal-"enhanced interrogation technique," it should consider body waxing sessions for its subjects.
I know this because I recently underwent one at Rizzieri Salon & Spa in Marlton. Suffice it to say the (occasional) pain was such that it was mere minutes before I was ready to reveal the location of every Nazi U-boat off the Jersey coast."