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Man Scape; Do Women Like Hairy Men?

Updated on July 17, 2011

A question for the ages, to be sure. Do the ladies lust over a hairy dude or Mr. Smooth?


It's important to note that men come in varying degrees of hairyness - from "Cousin It" to "Uncle Fester." Some fellas have thick, dark hair curling out of every orifice, weaving together across the entire surface of the skin so that only the palms, bottom of the feet, and certain portions of the face are naturally hairless.

On others, it grows in patches - a map of fuzzy continents and pensulas across their bodies

Others still are smooth for the most part, sleek and unadorned. Some are naturally that way, others not so much.

In any case, I believe that men are just great be they hairy, smooth, and anywhere in between but I do have a little discomfort with men who shave their chests.

Okay, if you are streamlining for athletic reasons, whatever. Maybe I'm just not progressive enough, but I cannot find anything pleasing about the thought of a man shaving his chest. It's a little "metro" for me.

Some women, though, really have a strong preference for one or the other. I know a woman who swoons over that little patch of hair that 70's TV studs always showed at the top of their partially unbuttoned shirts. Another proclaims that male body hair is "gross."

I imagine that it's like bosoms with guys in some respects. They may have a preference as to whether they like them a certain size or shape, but its doubtful that they'd actually reject a woman based on this criteria.

I think that men, like women, have unfair physical ideals being presented to them constantly by the media. They feel insecure about their bodies, too. We should all go a little easier on each other and while its not a crime to admire a nice physique, the part of the chest we should be focusing on is underneath all that hair anyway!

This question is for both sexes- equality!

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      almorr 4 years ago

      Adam, that is not the case, its now summer time in the UK where I live. Its been sunny and warm, I have noticed several younger men with hairy chests, arms and legs who do NOT shave or wax, so don't be ashamed on your hairiness, get into swimming trunks and go on to the beach, be proud of your hairiness. That 99% is wrong, perhaps 39% of women don't like hairy men, but I would think that 61% of women don't mind a man like you or me, by the way I also became hairy at age 15 and was never ashamed to go cycling in my shorts showing off my hairy legs. You are also wrong about gay men being hairy and liking it, for some reason or another there are more gay men than straight guys who do shave their body hair. The reason for that I think is that married men would not do that because there wives would not like that. I was married, (now widowed) my wife did not mind the least bit that I had never shaved, waxed, or trimmed any hair off of my hairy chest, shoulders, legs or arms, she would have hated me if I had, so once again I say to you, be proud on how hairy you are.

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      Adam 4 years ago

      I've been hairy since I was 15. I haven't been swimming since I was a child, I can't go to the beach, I lost my virginity with my t-shirt on for gods sake! I was bullied for it at school and I have NEVR found a woman who likes it.

      Despite websites like this, the simple fact is 99% of women don't like it. The only ones that do are over 40 or are gay men! I am a straight 21 year old so neither of these are valid options! I will be seeking permanent hair removal soon though. I can't live my life like this forever.

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      Julie 4 years ago

      My husband isn't nearly as hairy as some of the men in these pictures. His hair is just right, so I never really thought he should shave or wax it all. Had he been THAT hairy, I'd probably ask him if to do something about it. Thanks for the great hub!

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      AlMorr 4 years ago

      Lets get this straight about the term "real men", my point is that if a man shaves off his chest hair and wants to look like a little boy, in my opinion he is not a real man, but a sissy, but IF he is naturally smooth, that is no hair has NEVER naturally grown on his chest, in that case he is still a real man, maybe a pity that he has not had any chest hairs, but nevertheless, that is OK with me. Personally I would have been very disappointed if no hairs had grown on my chest, I was always hoping they would, and they did, far too many to count, I wonder how many men with naturally hairless chests are a bit disappointed that no hair grew on it, interesting, would they admit that they are a bit disappointed.!!

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      Mary 5 years ago

      Hairy is beautiful! It's a real turn on, any man that shaves his beautiful hairy chest should stop that..., ugh. Oh my my.... Gorgeous is these who just lets himself be who Hod intended for him

      To be.

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      Sheila 5 years ago

      I will take the first picture.... The hairier the better!!!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      I laughed at your hub and glad to see other men with more hair than me.I have chest hair and my share of back hair in patches on either side but none in the middle of my back.More like a landing strip in the dark.Now I am starting to lose it on top of my head.Maybe I will have the first back hair to head hair transplant and who will be laughing now.I can't see it and my wife likes running her hands through it.Years ago I was playing basketball with a boy about five years old and I remember it was a hot day and I had my shirt off.He said wow can I touch your fur.I never laughed so hard.Great hub.

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      almorr 5 years ago

      I am very proud to admit that I have never shaved, waxed, cut or trimmed any hairs from my body ever, I have been told at certain times during my life that I look like a werewolf, monkey, etc, I feel very annoyed at times when people say those kind of remarks about me, they are cheeky I know, but it is just one of those things that hairy guys have to put up with. I think that men who shave any hairs from their body, apart from their face are 'sissy', the exception being male models or certain sportsmen, i.e. cyclists or swimmers, the rest should act as real men, not little boys.

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      Subhas 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Your imaginative writing and selection of such a common but unthinkable topic just bowled me over. Finally, we all know a little bit is okay but too much hair or shaving it off a big no-no.

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      unknown actor :) 5 years ago

      i'm hairyman but i think most of the people likes me :) ty to all my fans :) i think being hairy adds appeal to a man :). there is nothing to argue cause no one likes anything that is over. :) i'm not a bear :) hhahaha

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      Hairyape 5 years ago

      I am not ashamed of my body hair and am attracted to women who let all their body hair grow naturally. A woman who proudly displays her armpit hair is a confident woman. It retains the body,s natural odour and is a turn on to any red blooded male

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      Cheetah 5 years ago

      I am a really hairy guy judging by today's standards of full body waxing. But still I don't have any issues with it. Its natural, men DO have a lot of hair and women have very few hair. If somebody runs away just by looking at my body hair...haha I would be very delighted to know in advance what a shallow person she was

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      Barrister 5 years ago

      There were no comments concerning a womans perspective nor a mans perspective on the man shaving his under arms or his pubic area or both. I'm told that if a man tries waxing those areas a few times he will never go back (shaving will not give the smooth feeling)to letting it grow and most likely want to have the hair permanently removed.Can we have comments on how people feel having hair removed in those areas.

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      sunny c 6 years ago

      m also very hairy, going to shave mah chest n back..Its so irritated

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      kateperez 6 years ago from pasadena, tx

      You asked, so here I answer:

      Based upon a past negative memory involving a hairy man, I prefer the smooth chest, particularly tanned. Hair on a man's body is icky, unless it is merely trace amounts.

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      An interesting and very important topic you actually raised in here. Though i love men with hairs but the photo of hairs am seeing in here is so irritating that i will never go for any man with that type of hair in life.

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      Gyspy Writer 6 years ago from Midwest

      I guess I just like my man natural, though I do appreciate a clean shaven face with just a hint of manly fragrance. I like my man to leave the rest of his hair right where it belongs, though. Just my opinion.

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      Janna Jones 6 years ago

      Hello RooBee. Its not a problem for me. My Hairless wombat has more hair lolzzz.

      I guess its the way we have been raised. Many women from Asia do not shave. While western women do. I am personally in favor of women shaving. Hairy armpits and curly leg hair just do not do it for me.

      Maybe thats a little sexist, but at 60, mwm, I am what I am!

      jj

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      BigJohn82 6 years ago from Over the hills, and far away.

      Hello RooBee. I am a 27 year heterosexual male, and I am a very hairy man. I have a significant amount of hair on my chest, abdomen, legs, feet, toes, arms, the backs of my hands, the backs of my fingers, my neck (its part of my hair cut every 2 weeks), back, shoulders, and buttocks. I can grow a beard in a couple of days (though my head hair is thinning, go figure). Sometimes I get a little self conscious about it. If I were to get it waxed, it would be an all day job and very painful. So here's what I say about it: If my hair frightens you (ladies), then perhaps I am a little more man than you are ready to handle right now. Maybe you can just get over it.

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      David Adams 7 years ago

      I don't care either way. Although, I was really into the 3rd photo of the heart. With that much hair I get the image of chimps grooming each other.

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      Leasey 7 years ago

      \my hubby is hairy - big surprise when I first found out - you never would have guessed in a collar and tie!!

      He is sooo handsome and hunky I really don't care though.

      Very handy on a cold night too - luvvly and snuggly.

      Good hub - say no to hairism ;-)

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      Sylvie Strong 7 years ago

      The last picture cracks me up. I may not be able to laughing...ever.

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      Sally6767 7 years ago

      eww less hair the better

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      RooBee 7 years ago from Here

      Hey Helen Cater-

      I agree with your assessment on the man-hair situation! Thanks for reading!!

      Indeed, Amanda Severn, I thought that was pretty cute, too! :) Thanks for coming by.

      Sourav, perhaps there is no right or wrong answer, as indicated by the discussion here in the comments! :) Thanks for reading!!

      Thanks for stopping in, stricktlydating. I don't think one way or the other is better, but if a man has hair to begin with I would rather him leave it there!

      Touche, Larry Ivey - like with fashion trends, what is considered desirable changes through the years. Contrary, though, to what we might see in the media women seem to prefer the unshaven male. :) Thanks for reading.

      That is a good combo, habee. Thanks!! :)

      Thanks, Jeevan.

      Mike Lickteig, thanks a bunch. Many times, the comments from readers are much more intriguing than my original hub. Ah, it's good to back!

      Hello Hot Chick S - thanks for commenting!

      Daniel Tetreault

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments. There will always be people who appreciate you for who you really are - why hang around with someone who doesn't?

      Thank you, Moulik!!

      Couldn't have said it better, loveofnight!

      trsmith, same to you. Thanks to both of you for your comments!

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      RooBee 7 years ago from Here

      Hey Helen Cater-

      I agree with your assessment on the man-hair situation! Thanks for reading!!

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      trsmith 7 years ago from Rapid City, SD

      I myself don't care either way if a man has body hair. It's what's inside that counts. But, if shaving makes him happy, then more power to him.

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      nice hub, i am a firm believer in that we should be true to ourselves,we suffer enough from the media telling us how we should or should not be.if there is someone for everyone than variety is the spice of life and choose or reject that which turns you on without shooting down the other.....thx 4 share

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      Moulik Mistry 7 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

      Very interesting subject, loved it...

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      Daniel Tetreault 7 years ago

      Personally, I love my hairy chest. I know some girlfriends (those ones never lasted) did not like it and sublty and gently suggested that I shaved it. I did once and it did not feel 'right' to me as I did it. Always follow your gut instinct with respect to one's self-concept. I have no problem with manscaping, provided a man can still be true to his own self!

      Daniel.

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      Hot chick S 7 years ago

      cool

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Entertaining hub, and the comments that it generated were fun to read, also!

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      Jeevan 7 years ago

      cool hub roobee and my...my you look gorgeous roobee!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Cool hub! I like hairy chests but smooth backs.

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      Larry Ivey 7 years ago from South Florida

      A very entertaining hub. Reading all of the comments, it appears that you struck a common nerve. When I was growing up I wanted to be hairy. I thought it would be cool. Turned out that I am the only hairy one in the family. Be careful of what you ask for.

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      StricktlyDating 7 years ago from Australia

      I'm not a fan of the shaved chest either! Naturally hairy is fine with me!

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      Sourav 8 years ago

      I liked this entertaining article! But i'm not sure of the answer!

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      Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

      I love the heart patch on the hairy guys back! I bet that itched when it re-grew.

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      Oh my I really do not like those hairy pics you have but a little is OK. To smooth and I worry they will spend more time grooming themselves than pampering me. Really good hub. I enjoyed every word.

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Mark Chris Eddy111 down for "smooth" :D

      Thanks for reading and commenting; I'm so glad you enjoyed.

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      Chris Eddy111 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Personally I like a man that has little or no hair especially on the chest. Entertaining hub though.

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Hi Erin, heehee, this was kind of fun to write and I'm glad you enjoyed. Note to men: Lady Erin likes 'em on the smooth side! :)

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      erin boote 8 years ago from Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

      RooBee..what an original idea.. lol.. and funny! For the record, I like my men smooth, a little hairy is okay but this is truly entertaining.. and gives one this big decisions..lol..about preferences.

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      lol, shiba, really you look lovely. Quite shiny and soft :D

      annvans, thanks for reading my hair-raising hub (ok, I know, that was dumb). Thank you for your compliments!

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      annvans 8 years ago

      This is good, I enjoyed reading this hub. This is great. I bet you really enjoyed being able to put this all together in one hub. Keep up the good work.

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      lol - I'm just having a bad hair day! Usually I shave it all off and am baby smooth :D

      It grows back fast tho - am thinking of laser hair removal!

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Sounds sensible, shibashake - though judging from your avatar you are rather hairy yourself my dear! harharhar

      Thanks for reading :D

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Generally I prefer less hair - but if they are smart and not too in love with themselves, I'll overlook the hair :)

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      LOL, Gods Garden! Thanks for dropping in for a read! :)

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      Gods Garden 8 years ago

      Fur Covered as in Photo#2, No craving for banannas yet...Great Hub!!

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Thank you cassidy247- glad you liked it, smooth one. :)

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      Chris Cassidy 8 years ago

      Nice hub, very interesting to read. Keep it up! Im a smooth tbh though ;)

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Thank you jayb23! I appreciate your compliments!!

      nazishnasim, well - you shouldn't have to 'bear' the burden of an overly hairy man harhar. So glad you stopped by to read my hub, thx!

      cindyv- I know you wouldn't drop a fellow just because of his hairyness...just don't let it give you a negative association to all hairy men. :)

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      my ex was hairy maybe one of the reasons he's an ex. lol Joking, nah, his hairiness had nothing to do with it!

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      nazishnasim 8 years ago

      Roobee,

      I really get repelled with hairy men. There should be a difference between a bear and a man. A little is about bearable but hair out ov every corner ... YUCK!

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      jayb23 8 years ago from India

      Great hub. Keep up the good work

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Ahhh, maybe its the food they are eating there- 'put hair on the chest,' you know ;D

      Thx for reading!!!

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      compu-smart 8 years ago from London UK

      They say real men have hairy chests, but im a real man and im not hairy at all, other than my barnet (head)..!!

      This brings me to a story about me and my sister who both are Greek, living in England all our lifes, and we (Greek people) are supposed to be hairy, but we are both the opposite!

      And recently ( a few years ago), i visited my real sister in Cyprus for the very first time, and she is hairy with hairy arms etc...and im thinking if it was me or my other sis who was chosen to live in cyprus when we was a baby, then maybe we WOULD have been hairy!!

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      sabu singh, funny (and true) observation! In all seriousness, the hair (or lack of it) is of little consequence in my book. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      sabu singh 8 years ago

      Interesting RooBee. My personal experience is that as men lose hair from their heads, they start sprouting it from other places - the back eg. And you are right. One should focus on what is beneath the chest

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      The Phil- Why thank you very much!!

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      The Phil 8 years ago from New York

      Ha. clever 'RooBee'

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Haha, blondepoet, I'm so glad you liked it! At least you are willing to give the hairy ones a chance, provided they wax of course. Sounds painful - but you probably wouldn't have much trouble convincing them to try it! You crack me up- 'If I wanted to mate with a monkey' ROFL!!

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      blondepoet 8 years ago from australia

      Sooo entertaining woo hooo. A big nooooooooo to hairy men I like em smooth. If I wanted to mate with a monkey well.............too much hair calls for a little waxing LMAO

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Trish, RandyB, Cindy~

      Thank you so much for checking out my hair hub! I've been offline for a few days so I just now saw your comments (I was starting to go through withdrawals...needs my 'net!)

      Trish & Cindy, I like your angle- men are great in all their hairy or not-so-hairy glory. And, if they do have a little extra turf on the field we could always send 'em over to Randy's place for a waxing. Hmmm, we may not ever see them again tho..: ;)

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      any man is fine by me lol

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      Randy Behavior 8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      RooBee - A little hair is fine. I'm just not big on hairy backs and shoulders. Its nothing to throw a guy out over though. Easy fix, I'll just whip out some hot wax. Ya, and I'd kiss it and make it better if it stings.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Love a moderately hairy man. I don't care for hair on the back, however, and I really don't know why ;). Men shaving their chest? Ugh!

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      badcompany- yikes! :) Thanks for reading, loooove your avatar!

      Princessa- That one is very nice, indeed! Thanks for checking out m'hub!!!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      I think Ill go for your third picture... smooth as a baby :)

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      roobee 8 years ago

      Thanks for reading, froggy-d ;) I'm with you. I once dated a guy who spent more time in the mirror than me and it was a gigantic turn-off. Needless to say, didn't last long!

      Hooray for men in their natural state - whatever that may be! :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Roobee - I like a mans' man. Hairy or smooth by nature, I'm not fussed, so long as he don't start spending more time in the bathroom that your average model, I'm happy

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Thank you kindly, Tom!

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      Tom Cornett 8 years ago from Ohio

      Cool hub and great last words! Thanks! :)