Most gay men (now, I don’t know about gay women on this so I cannot speak for them) know that male grooming is a must and that proactive personal care cannot be substituted for anything else.
As some of my friends tell me (and I agree with them), there is that male odor that tells you that the person in bed with you or who might end up in bed with you is a human being, with pores and sweat glands. That is the clean whiff of masculinity that is actually very exciting. When that masculinity is left unattended, and is allowed to mix with “extra” chemical body secretions, the result is often tangy and disgusting. That is obviously why a man who has just showered is far more attractive to the feel, touch and taste than one who has spent the whole day lifting car engines or hauling around bags of charcoal.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There is something to be said for the looks of a rugged “rough and ready” car mechanic in dirty, greasy, overalls, oversize Timberlands, bulging muscles, glistening black skin, crooked smile and a lolling gait. But exciting though the look is, you don’t want that kind of man in your bed unless he has washed off the car grease properly and cleaned out his finger nails. The smell of Mr. Mechanic after a good shower is enough to drive any man with a functioning libido to distraction, but the same man with steamy armpits, reeking of brake fluid, tar and gasoline? No, thank you very much.
There are a couple of fairly simple body hygiene hints that are of great help. Bear in mind that many of our boys in sub-Saharan Africa have cost to consider. Any advice to them thus needs to take into consideration the cost not only of looking their best, but doing it without breaking the pocket-book.
But, as always, I digress. This is specifically meant to be about armpits and groins; those areas that can make or break a heated moment. We shall return to how to keep a clean body some other time.
Where I come from, there is a saying that, roughly translated, says that once you have undressed, you can’t change your mind because the size of the dick is too big. But you can mentally shut down if there is suggestion that your tryst doesn’t pay attention to his nether regions.
1. The overgrown groin
Yes, exciting as the body and pudendum might be, the above is an example of a groin that needs some attention. That bush is … well … too bushy and you could find all sorts of creepy crawlies lurking under that mop of hair. Eergh!
Above is another groin area that requires crimping attention. Try as a man might, it is next to impossible to keep such a groin clean and ready for ‘lollipop’ duty. Notice, too, the dark armpits which suggest strongly that this man is letting his groin and underarm hair grow … just as nature intended. Unfortunately, nature’s intention and hygiene don’t always go hand in hand. Trust me, that bush is a killjoy.
2. The ‘picky’ groin
It is a fact of life that Africans have what Americans refer to as ‘nappy hair.’ This is true, too, of many black men’s groin areas. As you can see, the above pubes, though picky as coffee beans, actually look tidy and disciplined. Thus, the issue is not necessarily one of how picky the man’s groin hair is, but how neat it is despite the pickiness.
Above is another semi-picky’groin area. But the hair is a disciplined mat and there is little worry that one might get hair stuck between one’s teeth should one go down on this groin for some … ‘lollipop’ action. This one is a beauty … yum, yum.
3. The trimmed pubes
It’s fairly obvious that this man’s nether hair can grow and grow but it clearly sees a pair of scissors regularly enough to keep it under control. The armpits are also not too overgrown … This is a good example of the best of both worlds – pubes but not too much of them. And what a mercy that is.
It is surely impossible to find such beautifully crimped pubes. This is is the kind of picture that belongs in a museum purely on account of that clean and well manicured pubic area.
If in doubt, shave your armpits. As you can see, Mr. Swarthy has got his armpits nicely shaved … making for a fine clean look. Beautiful, beautiful … Be careful when shaving your armpits, though, as that part of the body is quite sensitive. You need to allow enough time for the skin to heal before applying any deodorants. Ideally, if you shaved your armpits, you should allow at least 8 hours before applying anything to the shaved armpit area.
5. The totally shaved (bald) look
|Bush, bush, in the bush|
Our white brothers come in with silky “corn hair” pubes for the most part because that is how God intended it. If you have ever shared a bathroom with a white man or woman, you will probably know about hair in the sink, stuck in hair brushes, hair on the pillow, hair everywhere. Anyone who has slept with a white man who lets his pubic hair grow as nature intended will also know about ‘hair in one’s mouth’ if/when one goes down. It is almost inevitable. AfroGay’s advice to any white man is simple: trim it to the bare minimum or, even better still, shave it all off.
- What Do You Prefer When It Comes to Manscaping? (bellasugar.com)
- Do You Consider Forgoing Shaving an Option? (bellasugar.com)
- This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Pubes (jezebel.com)
- Like it or not, we need to break the pubic hair taboo (telegraph.co.uk)
- I Like My Bush (thoughtcatalog.com)
- What And When To Shave! (metropolitanmen.wordpress.com)