Thursday, May 15, 2014

Steve Harvey: some women prefer their hubbies to be "thmooth"; more in Internet review sites and non-consensual photography


Steve Harvey covered a few “Extreme Topics” today, starting with “Manscape”. Maybe that was “manscrape” or “manwax” or “man-o-lantern”, like in “The 40 Year Old Virgin”.  A married, slightly overweight professional rock musician from Ohio appeared with his wife, who said they have a great marital relationship, except for too much body hair.  She shaves his back, and his nose and ears.  The link is here

So a cosmetologist waxed his stomach.  They stopped short of his chest above the nipples, on camera that is, but gave him a year at a Cincinnati salon called “Exclusively Male”. 

When I was growing up, in a community that was almost all Caucasian (and that figures in), there was an unwritten presumption that men were supposed to be hairier than women.  To be shaved was a source of shame, and the practice sometimes happened in college or fraternity hazing rituals (called tribunals).  Yet it was common in Hollywood, though never mentioned.  In the 1950s, in those Fox Cinemascope spectacles, nobody had chest hair.  Now partial grooming or reduction, without complete removal, seems to be catching on with some male actors (Justin Timberlake, for one).  I don’t know how they do it, with certain kinds of clippers or chemical depilatories or even lasers.   In the Army, “th-mooth” became a buzzword when I was in. Tattoos become a new male symbol for the "naturally" smooth: notice how Justin Bieber uses them.  
Harvey (himself African-American) has covered make depilation (or epilation) before.  He loves to see men humiliated in front of women, especially their wives.

Harvey's comedy about the matter tracks with aggressive television commercials by a couple of companies for quasi-permanent epilation from heat, microwave or laser-like devices, especially from No-No, whose lengthy gratuitous ads play particularly on CNN, and some other channels especially on weekends, and which show women prodding men to shed their external trappings of manhood and focus on night performance instead.

Harvey also talked about pot bellies (that doesn't mean stoves) but was in keeping with that "Fed Up" film when he had another guest recommend giving up sugars, and even recommending the Atkins Diet.

Harvey moved on to Internet online reputation issues.  A woman asked what she could do about having nude pictures taken of her without permission, and posted in the Internet.  She was afraid her kids would see them.  A lawyer said that it is indeed illegal to take pictures of people in public in circumstances where there is a normal expectation of privacy (but it is legal in most public circumstances).

Another business owner asked what she could do about bad reviews being put on up Yelp and Angies List, when she believed the reviews were fake and from a competitor.  The lawyer suggested a practical approach, to get customers to post favorable reviews.  I don’t normally review on these sites since I have my own blogs (although I sometimes write brief reviews on Amazon).    
 
I do miss Nate Berkus in this spot.  But Harvey has his great brand of heterosexual humor.  

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