What is Manscaping? Why Do Men Actually Do It?


What is the definitive way to describe what is manscaping and why does any man do it? Perhaps the picture below may give a hint of one reason.

Define Manscaping

There are lots of euphemisms for this such as:

  • shave your junk
  • grooming down there
  • shaving your family jewels
  • trimming the lunchbox

But we all know what they really mean so let’s not beat about the bush (sorry, I couldn’t resist that) – there is only one way to define manscaping – it means shaving or trimming your pubic hair!

Sometimes people define manscaping as men removing hair from anywhere below the neck. The Urban Dictionary defines it as “a term used to define male grooming below the belt”.   Merriam Webster however defines manscaping as “ the trimming or shaving of a man’s body hair so as to enhance his appearance” which pretty much agrees with Collins Dictionary‘s “the aesthetic grooming of a man’s bodily hair”.

What is manscaping?

It should come as no surprise to anyone that it is derived from the words “man” and “landscaping” ie. to landscape a man’s body. No kidding Sherlock!

It seems the term manscaping has been around longer than you might think. Certainly it is something I only heard in the last couple of years or so but apparently it was being used in the early 2000s.

What are the options?

There are numerous manscaping options a man can opt for:

  1. They can shave everything – pubic area, scrotum, the works! Some love the look and the feel of this.
  2. Just shave the pubic area. Personally, I never think this looks right but that is of course a matter of opinion.
  3. Just give it a good trim to tidy it all up. Frankly this should almost be a given for most men if you care about the significant other in your life.

Some manscape shaving advice from Gillette:

Is manscaping normal?

Well, these days particularly, what is normal? There is absolutely nothing wrong with it so why worry. Men have been doing it for centuries or more. They even did it in ancient Greece. It is also more common than you may think.

Just because you may not hear men making it public knowledge that they shave their junk doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

Is manscaping healthy?

There is probably an argument to say that if you are fully shaved then that is healthier. It is certainly much easier to keep that area clean when fully shaved so that is a definite plus on the healthy side. However, it is felt that pubic hair does have a purpose to both keep that region warm and also that the hair may trap pheromones which might help attract a mate!

Is it safe to shave your balls?

Well that depends on how you do it obviously. If you use a rusty machete and you have the shakes then, no, it isn’t safe! But if you take your time and use good equipment then, yes, just as safe as shaving your face. I normally use my Phillips Bodygroom to remove the bulk of the hair and then shaving gel and a razor to get a nice smooth finish.

Just a quick piece of advice

DO NOT USE AFTERSHAVE! It will sting like hell and make your eyes water. Trust me, I have done it and it wasn’t a pleasant experience I can tell you.

In the last few months I have been using the Manscaped Lawn Mower 2.0 trimmer first, rather than my trusty Bodygroom and I must say I like it. Read my initial review of the Lawn Mower 2.0

For further advice read How to Remove Body Hair For Men

Graeme P

Being a hairy man (thanks ancestors) I have been finding ways to remove much of my body hair for decades. Hopefully my experiences will help you.

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