Male Body Depilation: Prevalence and Associated Features of Body Hair Removal


In order to investigate the relatively new phenomenon of male body depilation, 118 male university students provided details regarding the reduction and removal of their body hair using a questionnaire developed from the results of structured interviews (Boroughs & Thompson, 2002). It was found that well over one-half of the sample (63.6%) was engaged in body depilation (i.e., the reduction or removal of body hair below the neck). The sites, methods, reasons, and injuries related to body depilation were assessed, as well as its effect on affective dimensions. Findings are considered in light of these ramifications and how they may contribute to a better understanding of men’s body image.

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Boroughs, M., Cafri, G. & Thompson, J.K. Male Body Depilation: Prevalence and Associated Features of Body Hair Removal. Sex Roles 52, 637–644 (2005).

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  • body image
  • men
  • hair
  • depilation