While many things about the promos for “Starter Wife” bother me (the plot and the cast, for starters), I find myself simply confused by a scene in which Debra Messing’s husband opens his robe and she reacts with disgust. All we can see is his hairy chest, though it’s possible she’s reacting to something off-screen.
I fail to understand how a certain amount of hair on a man’s body is supposed to be a bad thing. Everything from The 40-Year-Old Virgin to Queer Eye suggests that men ought to be hairless. Can anyone think of another prominent secondary sexual characteristic which people voluntarily suppress?