Are you ashamed to go shirtless?

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    Jun 18, 2017 11:23 PM GMT
    Discussions about body image haven't been talked about lately with all the other stuff.
    How do you feel about going shirtless at the beach? @ home or pool party?

    Back in the day it was the thing to do! So what happened? I see a lot of shirtless guys
    on instagram and some hotties on the beach. What about you?

    Maybe it's a good time to set a goal and drop a few so you can hit the beach in style.

    How will YOU GET THAT BEACH BOD BACK????
  • joeisawesome1

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    Jun 18, 2017 11:36 PM GMT
    am I ashamed to go shirtless?....
    do you seriously have to ask? lol icon_razz.gif i walk around shirtless all the time icon_razz.gif
    not to mention the 136+ shirtless videos i have on youtube icon_razz.gif

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    Jun 19, 2017 12:07 AM GMT
    In Brazil guys of all shapes and sizes have no qualms about hanging out shirtless. Boutiques and malls have to place warnings on their façades along the lines of "no shirtless people allowed in" Most guys don't have nice bodies but seeing at least a few ripped guys jogging is a certainty anywhere you go.

    Here in Montreal in spite of the 87F heat you will see no one hanging out shirtless. Maybe some exhibitionist in the gay village, but definitely not downtown. If hookup/dating apps are any indicator, gym culture in Montreal is non-existent as guys here would rather grow a beard than grow muscles, so I don't know what they're afraid of.
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    Jun 19, 2017 12:15 AM GMT
    Please let this not be a thread that claims that conservatives are not ashamed to go shirtless but Democrats are.
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    Jun 19, 2017 12:17 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidPlease let this not be a thread that claims that conservatives are not ashamed to go shirtless but Democrats are.

    It started out as NON political. Keep it that way. Can we just talk about it and be neutral-political?
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    Jun 19, 2017 12:31 AM GMT
    Shirtless dudes in Jeans are always a hit!

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    Take it off for the sake of Vanity!!!
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    Jun 19, 2017 1:07 AM GMT
    Well, am in Seattle, sitting in the library. A massive, muscular black guy without his shirt saunters from a run with sweat glistening his shiny skin walks by. OMG!
  • Apparition

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    Jun 19, 2017 2:12 AM GMT
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    typical shirtless guy in the city?
    I wouldnt go topless around town because that is kinda low class behaviour here. I would also get skin cancer. I dont have a problem with it per se though, the pool is clothing optional.
  • bro4bro

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    Jun 19, 2017 3:43 AM GMT
    Funny, I was thinking about this just today as I was riding my bike at the beach. A snack stand right out on the sand that's been in Manhattan Beach for decades has now put up umbrellas so that virtually the entire seating area is in the shade. And nearly every guy I saw sitting at the tables had a shirt on.

    Both of these things - wearing shirts and sitting in the shade ON THE SAND - are a marked departure from the Southern California beach culture I've known for 30+ years (and photographic evidence shows it goes back much farther than that).

    But this isn't the first incidence of nouveau prudery.

    One of the very biggest social events of the year is the beer garden at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair. Held every year on the first weekend in October, the weather is typically sunny and warm, and the beer garden is held in a large grassy field. Traditionally the guys would peel their shirts off (we're all beach kids after all) and pound beers all mashed up against each other (it's always super crowded), without thinking anything of it. But about four years ago I noticed more and more guys were leaving their shirts on, no matter how hot it was. And in the last two years the organizers have been erecting huge tents to provide shade, and people have been flocking beneath them as if they'll melt in the sunlight.

    But even that's not the worst of it. There's also a beer garden at the Hermosa Beach street fair that goes on every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends - prime summer beach holidays. In the past two years, the organizers have instituted a dress code that prohibits guys from taking their shirts off. It's open air, it's a few dozen feet from the sand, there is absolutely no shade, it's hot as fuck, and we're not allowed to go shirtless!

    Once again, these things represent a huge departure from the way things have traditionally been for decades. They can only represent a major cultural shift in societal attitudes toward even partial nudity.

    I blame the Green Party, those conniving bastards! (just kidding)
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Jun 19, 2017 5:17 AM GMT
    Nope, not ashamed. In fact, I'm looking better than I have in a long time. I took a three month hiatus from the gym to give my body a rest from some nagging gym injuries that weren't getting any better. During that time I've been working hard physically but decided to cut back my calories since I wasn't going to the gym five days a week. I actually got more muscular and lean in the process! After two months of not working out people on the street kept asking me how long I has been working out. And that's with a t-shirt on.

    I lost some size, obviously, but I got a lot leaner an tighter around the waist. So I looked broader. Now I'm back in the gym for a month and I'm watching my calories more than in the past and I'm still keeping in lean but I'm getting my muscular bulk back.
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    Jun 19, 2017 5:36 AM GMT
    I won't do yoga when I'm over 200 lbs. (Too hard on the joints.)

    And I won't go shirtless when I'm over 185 lbs. (Too hard on everyone else's eyes.)

    Seriously, if it's 100 degrees out I don't care about what people think but the rest of the time, if I feel I don't look good shirtless, why subject people to it when people have issues with shirtless men in even the best shape?

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    Jun 19, 2017 5:39 AM GMT
    Early on in my lifting days, in the early days of bodybuilding.com, there was a frequent poster, "Abominator," who had more posts than RJ's All Stars combined and immortalized his "Three Stages of Shirtlessness."

    Also known as Skip and Skippy Polar, the ultimate muscle geek, he went on to co-host PBS's "Star Hustler" (now called "Star Gazer ?).

    He lived my childhood dream, not just of being muscular, but of being...a planetarium director! I was a geek kid who frequented Miami's Museum of Science, home to "Star Hustler's" Jack Horkheimer. Skippy actually worked for him, became planetarium director at my college alma mater, and then succeeded him.

    Quoted from Skippy:


    "Ok, you've lifted weights for a while, and are starting to see some results. So you're now confident enough to be seen around the house (briefly) without a shirt on. After a few positive comments from roommates and/or relatives, you're no longer overly self-conscious about being seen shirtless and you're ready to move to stage #2.

    You now do things like mow the lawn, take out the garbage, and wash your car "sans camisa". A few more positive comments from friends and relatives push you to stage #3. You also find that you spend a majority of your time at home shirtless.

    This is essentially the final stage. Whenever it's warmer than 75 degrees outside, you don't even bother putting a shirt on. You'll drive places, get gas for the car, workout, do your laundry at the local 'laundro-mat', or even go jogging shirtless. Whenever you play a team sport where it's "Shirts vs Skins", guess what team YOU'RE on. You actually ENJOY warm weather; eagerly awaiting any opportunity to take your shirt off. When Halloween rolls around, your costume choices usually involve characters who don't wear shirts (e.g. Rambo, The Incredible Hulk, Tarzan, professional wrestlers, or even rappers (like LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Lil' Zane, Nelly or Marky Mark). Every so often you'll be seen randomly posing in direct sunlight and glancing at your reflection in car windows. Normal people define this trait as narcissism, but who cares? You're all that AND a bag of fat-free nachos!

    At this point, you never wear a shirt at home, except of course when important company comes over. Oh...and in rare cases such behavior leads you to a 4th Stage (which I like to call Brouwer-Todd Syndrome) where you find yourself entering bodybuilding or physique competitions, becoming a fashion or fitness model, posing for calendars, or possibly taking a job as an exotic dancer, but that's a topic for later discussion."
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Jun 19, 2017 6:00 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI won't do yoga when I'm over 200 lbs. (Too hard on the joints.)

    And I won't go shirtless when I'm over 185 lbs. (Too hard on everyone else's eyes.)

    Seriously, if it's 100 degrees out I don't care about what people think but the rest of the time, if I feel I don't look good shirtless, why subject people to it when people have issues with shirtless men in even the best shape?



    You shouldn't give a rat's ass about these people unless they're your immediate family members. If it's 100 degrees outside I think the last thing people are going to do is express their disdain for your shirtlessness.
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    Jun 19, 2017 6:10 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI won't do yoga when I'm over 200 lbs. (Too hard on the joints.)

    And I won't go shirtless when I'm over 185 lbs. (Too hard on everyone else's eyes.)

    Seriously, if it's 100 degrees out I don't care about what people think but the rest of the time, if I feel I don't look good shirtless, why subject people to it when people have issues with shirtless men in even the best shape?

    You also provided a post from "Skippy". My thoughts:

    I rarely go shirtless in public today. I once did often. But today I'm old, flabby, and statistically still overweight, despite my efforts to lose weight. I'm simply ashamed of how I look, knowing how I once looked.

    But I'll tell yah another reason I don't go shirtless: my furniture. Human skin is naturally oily. Over time contact with it stains fabric.

    I often walk around naked in our place. But I never sit down on a chair unless I'm wearing at least boxer shorts and a T-shirt or polo. As I'm doing right now.

    In bed I sleep naked, as does my husband. But the sheets are changed and washed regularly by our cleaning lady. You can't do that with furniture. So going around shirtless isn't really practical, in my view. I can assure you that it isn't permissable for guests in our home, nor would I expect it acceptable in any of our friends' homes.

    I'm reminded of restaurant signs that say: "No shirt, no shoes, no service". There's a reason for that, and it isn't just appearance.
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    Jun 19, 2017 7:03 AM GMT
    Show them what's up!!
    Flaunt it like a man!!!

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    Jun 19, 2017 7:34 AM GMT
    A shirtless man here would be inappropriate here no matter how fit he is.

  • transient

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    Jun 19, 2017 11:34 AM GMT
    I am shirtless for most of the spring/summer/autumn.

    Its hot where I live and i work outside in nature in a very isolated place.

    If someone​ is offended im working on my own land without a shirt, tgey would need either binoculars or walk 2 km to see me.

    Here in isolated mountain villages its offensive to walk into the village or by a main road (1 vehicle per hour traffic) without your shirt.

    You will be refused service in my lical cafe - people are modest in public here but relaxed in private.

    I am confident to be shirtless but would never make my company uncomfortable.

    Living in a different culture its necessary to be sensitive.

    Im naked in the garden mostly.
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    Jun 19, 2017 12:57 PM GMT
    Yes, i'm absolutely embarrassed to take my shirt off. ever.
  • k15thelement

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    Jun 19, 2017 1:15 PM GMT
    I live near the beach. Majority of the people from all shapes and sizes who come here in the summer are shirtless. But the general attitude in NYC is that everyone is too busy in their own business to be worried about the next person. So there's very little reason to be self conscious here.
  • argus

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    Jun 19, 2017 1:57 PM GMT
    I only ever go to the nude beach here. No hesitation about taking off my shirt.
  • nicelyproport...

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    Jun 19, 2017 2:12 PM GMT
    My summer running ensemble:
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    On a recent cruise, the cruise director asked me:
    "Do you even own a shirt?"
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    Jun 19, 2017 2:26 PM GMT
    Nope... No Shame.

    Spring, summer, fall... I typically run shirtless. Wear team t shirts when playing, but have gone shirtless for practices.

    Prefer shirtless sound home too...
  • fitRunner85

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    Jun 19, 2017 3:36 PM GMT
    Nope! Shirtless, stringers, short shorts. I don't care too much what everyone else has decided is appropriate.
  • HarborFighter

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    Jun 19, 2017 3:48 PM GMT
    I LOVE going shirtless. I love showing my muscles to the world. I'm a boxer. It is part of who I am and what I do. Hell, I go for days without a shirt on my back, especially in summer. Feels AWESOME.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jun 19, 2017 3:56 PM GMT
    Shirtless most days until heading to the gym or store or wherever. But I live at the beach and my condo is on the water. First trip here to interview for a job I was staying in a beachfront hotel and the first morning went down for breakfast in my suit. Everyone in the dining room was ready for the beach. I was the one out of place in a wool suit and shirt and tie. Been shirtless since. But I also lost 20 lbs of fat and added 20 lbs of muscle. Gym in a stringer.