Thursday, December 24, 2009


J and I were standing at the JCC today, watching some older teens and men play a pick-up game of basketball. They were playing "shirts vs. skins," so half the men had removed their shirts. Most of them had pretty typical male chest hair, although of course some of them were hairier than others.

Jordan was commenting about their body hair. He really didn't like it.

I pondered this for a while, and realized that his obsession with professional wrestling has given him the false impression that adult men have little or no body hair. I'm pretty sure that the wrestlers shave their entire bodies, and oil them, too. Here's an example of what they look like: John Cena, who is J's favorite and a "good guy," and Randy Orton, who is a "bad guy." The point is: J is getting a really distorted view of what adult men look like. Hairless, very muscular. Tend to jump on each other, and hit each other with tables.

I've been patiently waiting for J's obsession to wear off, and I think it is, somewhat. But this aspect of it is somewhat surprising. I've heard of girls getting the wrong idea from airbrushed images from magazines, but I never expected to have this sort of issue with a son. Silly me.

1 comment:

Tzipporah said...

ha. I forget which blogger I read had to reassure her son recently that Santa WOULD in fact show up, and no, he didn't have to grow hair in his armpits as a grownup.

I think she was debating whether lying was a good thing or not... ;)