say you're in the hospital and a nurse comes in to take your vitals.
say it's a male nurse.
say he's totally got chest hair sticking out the v-neck of his scrub top. what do you think of this? unprofessional? supersexy? don't think anything either way?
So goes a pertinent question on a Livejournal forum. I'm not a girl, so I don't know what to say. But I am a boy and I wear scrubs. For now, I am undershirt-free. I'm not exactly Wolfman or anything, but I most likely have some chest hair showing much of the time. I wear scrubs that fit me, not big baggy things, so undershirt sleeves poke out of the arms of my scrub tops. I don't like how that looks. No one has mentioned the chest hair, which is saying something—I work with critical care nurses who unabashedly proclaim their judgments on any subject, personal or professional, regardless of audience or professional propriety, including my personal appearance, on a daily basis. I think they would zero in on that if they thought it was ridiculous.
But I'm beginning to doubt myself. I'm beginning to doubt the chest hair.
There's an epic debate about male nurses and chest hair on the forums at allnurses. At FIVE YEARS running with 28 pages of comments, it's clearly one of the most pressing intellectual controversies not just in nursing, but in all of human experience. There is no consensus at all, but there are definite parties or camps. Women are divided between those who think it's unprofessional have chest hair showing (but admit they hate chest hair), and those who think it's silly to worry about it. Men are divided between those who always cover it, and those who describe their voluminous body hair in exquisite detail and dare anyone to mention when they expose it. ("Excuse me, but I believe you've lost your pen in your, er, uh, hirsutic growth.")
What do you think? Should I keep on keepin' on, or should I find an alternative—say, sleeveless undershirts, or simply wearing t-shirts as some men do in lieu of scrub tops?