Men Are Getting Armpit Hair Transplants Because They’re Insecure About It Not Being Thick And “Manly” Enough

In all my years of bringing men into my lair, undressing them, and turning them into my sexual playthings, I have never once thrown a guy out for having armpit hair that wasn’t “masculine” enough. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever really noticed a man’s armpit hair at all, save for the guy I used to hook up with on occasion who had NO pit hair because he shaved it (it was his personal preference). And yet, apparently men are all up in their feelings when it comes to their pit hair, seeing it as somehow representative of their overall machismo, and they’re spending upwards of $14K making it more lush. According to Ask Men, men with means “are plunking down thousands of dollars on ‘armpit transplants’ to make their pit hair fuller and fluffier.”

On one hand, it’s kind of a relief to know that women aren’t the only ones obsessing over ridiculous insecurities and being hoodwinked into spending their hard-earned cash on “fixing” their “problems areas.” (And I must admit that I’m also pleased to learn the trend in men going completely hairless is over.) On the other hand, it’s depressing as hell that the pressure to conform to certain gender stereotypes — in this case “hairy = manly” — is getting ever more expansive and ridiculous. Seriously, just think about that for a second: some men are so concerned about the WISPINESS OF THEIR ARMPIT HAIR that they are spending thousands of dollars to make it thicker.

I decided to ask a few guys I know for their general emotional response to their own armpit hair. Here is what I learned:

I like my armpit hair. I am not a hairy guy, so I appreciate all evidence of testosterone. [The thickness] is about right. Enough to affirm masculinity, but not so much that I look like I’m storing Guinea pigs for later. Let’s say I lost my armpit hair — I don’t know if I’d get transplants. Seems to me a lot of male angst regarding their hair is perception. And I don’t know that a lot of people see my armpit hair. – J.

I am self-conscious about particular nooks/crannies like anyone else but armpit hair, no. I don’t think about it. I’m perfectly content with [the thickness] of it, but I’m not going to wear wife beaters. Getting transplants seems excessive, but I’m a pretty closeted metrosexual — or maybe I’m more confident than I realize. – B.

I’m not insecure about the thickness, per se, but maybe the reach — like if it pokes out of a T-shirt sleeve. Having “not enough” wouldn’t be a thing on my radar. – A.

So what I’ve learned here is that men do seem to have some semblance of their self esteem attached to their armpits and armpit hair, but the relative thickness doesn’t seem to be an issue or even something on their list of things to worry about. Though it does sound like the last guy might need to give his a trim. [Ask Men]