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April 19, 2012 2:00 PM   Subscribe

"HAIRY CHESTS I WANT TO CRY ON," a Pinterest pinboard by comedian Stacey Nightmare.
posted by hermitosis (57 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
As a man so hirsute that his chest hair pokes out of his t-shirt collars, and so unashamed of his hirsute-ness that he walks around New York City shirtless in the summer (and also brags about it in third person on the internet) I fully support any and all effort to glamorize the hairy chest.
posted by griphus at 2:06 PM on April 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


"That's either Burt Reynolds' delicious chest muff or Georges Perec crouching slightly out of frame."

GENIUS
posted by kenko at 2:09 PM on April 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


The captions are hilarious. Nice use of pinterest. Thanks!
posted by elwoodwiles at 2:11 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm vaguely jealous my comics contempory Dean got on here but not me.
posted by The Whelk at 2:11 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Alec Baldwin "It's like a furry forest and I want to LARP there."

I almost shot diet coke out of my damn nose. Love this so much.
posted by jph at 2:15 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


If your hair mimics a Gaussian blur applied to your torso outline, that's probably too much hair.
posted by benzenedream at 2:18 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I find this pinboard depressing becuase none of these photos appear to be newer than 1985! (except that Viggo Mortensen one. Thank God for Viggo.)
posted by vespabelle at 2:21 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I find it a little depressing because I can't shake the feeling that she's doing this ironically, and that's not at all cool.
posted by oddman at 2:26 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


What tipped you off? That's its medium is a Pinterest Pinboard?
posted by notyou at 2:42 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


So pinterest pinboards are the new tumblr now?

*tries to keep up*
posted by gomichild at 2:42 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well, notyou, first, I don't really follow pinterest. So, I have no clue of it's culture. Second, MeFi posts generally aren't a forum where the only point is to make fun of something.

So, prima facie, I don't expect stuff like this on MeFi. (Imagine that it was a pinterest making fun of women with cellulite. I doubt it would still be up on the front page. )

(And, listen, I don't this comedian. Perhaps she sincerely likes hairy men and my irony/snark detector is broken due to being overworked. If so, then clearly my concerns are misplaced (unless of course everyone here just takes it as a prompt to be mean spirited)).
posted by oddman at 2:51 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nope, I'm definitely taking it as a prompt to imagine nuzzling in wonderfully soft and freshly-toweled-from-the-shower chest hair. Mmmmmm....
posted by ocherdraco at 2:59 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Don't mind me, just quietly freaking out over the revelation that old pictures of Sean Connery and Tim Sale's version of the Hulk are way more similar than different.
posted by jason_steakums at 3:00 PM on April 19, 2012


I read it as kidding on the square--she actually does like chest hair but she's also being funny and a bit self-deprecating about her preference. It reminds me of when guys make and comment on collections of women with random feature X that they personally fetishize. But funny.
posted by the young rope-rider at 3:03 PM on April 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


Perhaps she sincerely likes hairy men

There are people who don't?

Ok, now that I think about it, the Asians I know totally hate it. But that's it!
posted by small_ruminant at 3:05 PM on April 19, 2012


I don't understand why men want to shave and wax their chests anyway
posted by infini at 3:08 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


It's like I used to tell people, I have the body of a Greek god, it just happens to be Bacchus.
posted by The Whelk at 3:11 PM on April 19, 2012 [16 favorites]


His chiseled abs are hiding under his chest hair like a tiger lurking beneath a velvet slanket.

I am going to work this phrase into casual conversation some time this summer, by god.
posted by elizardbits at 3:16 PM on April 19, 2012 [10 favorites]


I find chest hair fetishism odd. But only because I have a really weird body hair configuration: almost hairless above the waist, fairly furry below. Nature has a sense of humor.
posted by jonmc at 3:16 PM on April 19, 2012


jonmc, I like to call that configuration "nature's pants".
posted by jason_steakums at 3:27 PM on April 19, 2012 [10 favorites]


jonmc is a satyr!!!
posted by supermedusa at 3:35 PM on April 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


(not satyrist)
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 3:38 PM on April 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


ha jonmc, my husband has that and also hairy forearms but not upper arms. We call it "Dipped in a Vat of Hair."
posted by emjaybee at 3:45 PM on April 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


Oh and oddman, I think she does find these guys at least a little sexy.

But if she doesn't, there's plenty of us who do. Rawr.
posted by emjaybee at 3:46 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Of course, what happens to Older Satyrs...


The original Silenus resembled a folklore man of the forest with the ears of a horse and sometimes also the tail and legs of a horse.[1] The later Sileni were drunken followers of Dionysus, usually bald and fat with thick lips and squat noses, and having the legs of a human. Later still, the plural "Sileni" went out of use and the only references were to one individual named Silenus, the teacher and faithful companion of the wine-god Dionysus.[2]

posted by The Whelk at 3:47 PM on April 19, 2012


Well, notyou, first, I don't really follow pinterest. So, I have no clue of it's culture. Second, MeFi posts generally aren't a forum where the only point is to make fun of something.

So, prima facie, I don't expect stuff like this on MeFi. (Imagine that it was a pinterest making fun of women with cellulite. I doubt it would still be up on the front page. )



First of all, I apologize for the mean-spirited tone of my quip. Mean-spiritedness is not cool at all.

But I don't agree that ironic appreciation of whatever is necessarily mean-spirited or intended to belittle or mock. We can appreciate something authentically and ironically all at once. That's what camp is.

Given the celebrities she's chosen for her collection, camp is what this seems to be.
posted by notyou at 3:52 PM on April 19, 2012


If your hair mimics a Gaussian blur applied to your torso outline, that's probably too much hair.

Oooooor, however you popped out is a-ok because it's the way you are and genetic expression doesn't have moral value!
posted by threeants at 3:58 PM on April 19, 2012 [8 favorites]


But I don't agree that ironic appreciation of whatever is necessarily mean-spirited or intended to belittle or mock
yeah but what about the people who didn't get the irony shipment and have to make do with pure authenticity

are they out in the cold or what

also why is it 'to cry on'
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 3:59 PM on April 19, 2012


Sean Connery in Zardoz
I don't even
posted by Glinn at 4:06 PM on April 19, 2012


Yeah, none of the times I have ever seen that Zardoz photo have I even noticed chest hair. There is so much more going on in that picture to notice. SO MUCH MORE.
posted by elizardbits at 4:08 PM on April 19, 2012 [4 favorites]


It's like I used to tell people, I have the body of a Greek god, it just happens to be Bacchus.

I'm guessing Caravaggio's Bacchus or Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne aren't the go-to images in your head for the god. Because when they are, that self-deprecating quip reads very oddly ("I have the body of a Greek God--it just happens to be the best one ever!").
posted by yoink at 4:10 PM on April 19, 2012


I wouldn't have posted if if I thought she was purely making fun. There's something about the consistency of her focus that makes me think she's really, really into it.
posted by hermitosis at 4:14 PM on April 19, 2012


It is absolutely possible to love something sincerely and mock it relentlessly at the same time. This sentiment is literally the basis of every single one of my longest-term friendships.
posted by elizardbits at 4:28 PM on April 19, 2012 [13 favorites]


I choose to see this as a genuine celebration of hairy-chested men.

And, actually, I've noticed that chest hair seems to be en vogue again this days. Seeing chest hair in movies and TV shows is pretty common, where it once would have been nothing but waxed chests.

I don't know if this is actually happening or if I'm just honing in on the few instances of chest hair that I'm seeing, because I want to believe that men like me are what society considers sexy.
posted by asnider at 5:26 PM on April 19, 2012


I'm pretty sure I looked like Caravaiggo's Bacchus for like two weeks when I was thirteen, I between outbreaks.
posted by The Whelk at 5:58 PM on April 19, 2012


I thought we had learned that it's OK to like problematic things?

(Flow it, show it, long as god can grow it, etc.)
posted by Nomyte at 6:09 PM on April 19, 2012


Hey, fair enough, everyone. I certainly have no problem being wrong here.
posted by oddman at 6:12 PM on April 19, 2012


My god that has to be the best collection of good looking men every seen in on one page.

Uh, where was I?
posted by infini at 6:18 PM on April 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


{{safe space}}
posted by narcoleptic at 7:46 PM on April 19, 2012


@elizardbits

sure but for some people it can wear a little
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 7:57 PM on April 19, 2012


Her Twitter feed is also pretty relentlessly hilarious.
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard at 7:58 PM on April 19, 2012


As a Yeti-American, I approve of the re-emergence of chest hair from the undershirt of obscurity.

Now, when's back hair going to come back in style? I will be a supermodel!
posted by MrVisible at 8:03 PM on April 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I thought we had learned that it's OK to like problematic things?

Are you implying that chest hair is problematic?
posted by asnider at 9:40 PM on April 19, 2012


Now, when's back hair going to come back in style? I will be a supermodel!

Oddly, well into my 30s, mine has just barely started sprouting. Give me a few years and I might be able to join you in modeling.
posted by Forktine at 10:27 PM on April 19, 2012


I like chest hair. I like humor. I wish I could find something that could satisfy both my interests.
posted by Foam Pants at 12:08 AM on April 20, 2012


I wonder if its done to send an email to one's current male interest (yet not at the stage where I'd know) whether ... maybe not... but would it be a dealbreaker? I dunno... but I confess I have been wondering...in fact just the few days before this thread showed up

*shakes head to clear it*
posted by infini at 1:01 AM on April 20, 2012


It is absolutely possible to love something sincerely and mock it relentlessly at the same time.

Definitely. An email friend and I spent several years ringing every change on Linux, nerds, showers (and the lack thereof), recompiling kernels and difficulty with fonts that could be rung.
posted by DU at 6:32 AM on April 20, 2012


Ok, now that I think about it, the Asians I know totally hate it.

Which is a shame, since hairy Asian guys are as wonderful as unicorns. (Though slightly--slightly--less rare, thank God.)

I've noticed that chest hair seems to be en vogue again this days.

*dances*
posted by psoas at 6:51 AM on April 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I laughed outloud at Spock. Thanks!
posted by cherrybounce at 11:04 AM on April 20, 2012


MARK FUCKING TWAIN, PEOPLE

MARK FUCKING TWAIN
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:46 AM on April 20, 2012


No. That's just wrong. It would be like this.
posted by infini at 11:57 AM on April 20, 2012


Humorous but with an important message to tell. A+++
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:21 PM on April 20, 2012


Related MeTa.
posted by Forktine at 1:24 PM on April 20, 2012


Unrelated MeAt
posted by Potomac Avenue at 1:33 PM on April 20, 2012


I've noticed that chest hair seems to be en vogue again this days

According to Butt magazine, gay dudes have been on this whole hairy chest kick for well over a decade now. And I imagine the whole hipster-beard thing has served as something of a gateway drug for Kids These Days to rediscover body hair. In the Berlin gay scene at the moment, at least, hairy chests usually = sexy times.

valid for values of "gay scene" that include Berghain/Panorama Bar, Homopatik, Cocktail D'Amore, Lab.Oratory, and Ficken 3000
posted by LMGM at 4:15 PM on April 20, 2012


And again I find out I was born just a little too late to be caught up in the Tom of Finland furry love, and just too early to be part of this Hirsute New Wave. Born under the constellation of the naked mole rat. I weep for my unappreciated chest hair.
posted by jph at 9:30 AM on April 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I weep for my unappreciated chest hair.

Think about us women who had go decades without seeing nary a curl...
posted by infini at 9:35 AM on April 21, 2012


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