There are a growing number of people who refuse to bathe themselves. This is not OK.
A 2009 poll from a tissue manufacturer revealed that 41 percent of British men and 33 percent of women don’t shower every day. A further 12 percent only shower once or twice a week. Other research found that more than half of British teenagers don’t shower every day.
And it isn’t some Euro-centric phenomenon.
Last Friday, The New York Times ran a piece about the increasing number of Americans who are foregoing the daily shower. There aren’t any numbers to document this, but, as the author puts it, “Most people would no sooner disclose they had not showered in days than admit infidelity.”
There are women who wipe their armpits with lemon slices and clean up with baby wipes after a mid-day run. Thankfully, none of the men profiled went so far as to wipe fruit on their underarms, but many have stopped using deodorant and showering daily. Supposedly, it helps the body maintain natural oils and germs. A man featured in the Guardian only showers twice a week out of a concern for the environment. He maintains he’s “as clean as everyone else.”
Sure you are.
I understand people not washing their hair ever day or giving up deodorant, but not showering? Maybe women can get away with it, but not men. We’re hairy and we sweat a lot. It’s part of what makes us men. And when we sweat, we smell. A spray of Axe or a swipe of Old Spice won’t cover that up.
A number of the men profiled said that no one comments on their stench. Well, that’s because they didn’t want to be rude. Just because they’re not saying anything, doesn’t mean they don’t smell it. Sure, maybe it’s convenient for you to skip daily showers or try to maintain that trendy unkempt look, but it’s not fair to anyone who has to be within a 100-foot radius of your rancid odor.
As man, you have a fundamental obligation not to smell like a dirty cow. So please shower. There are surely other ways we can save the environment without stinking up the world.