A man who had pubic baldness for more than 20 years told POLITICO that he has found a new way to make himself look like a man.
In the late 1990s, while serving as a member of the Marines, Jeff Stauffer became obsessed with getting his pubic locks cut short.
The Navy SEAL was a Navy SEAL.
So much so, he had a “stare-down” tattoo of a SEAL on his left forearm.
He wore a mask for the whole time, which he later admitted to his wife, but still couldn’t get rid of.
He was the only one in his unit with pubic bleaching.
But it wasn’t just the tattoo, it was the way he carried himself.
“I always thought that if I was going to have to go to war, I was not going to be able to do it,” Stauffers told POLITICO.
“I had to look the part, and it didn’t look good.
I had to lose some weight.
And it didn’ t look good, either.
So I just stopped doing it.
And I didn’ T ever go back to it again.”
For the next two years, Stauffe went through about 20 surgeries to get rid.
But his battle with pubes began to change him.
His wife told him that he had started to see a change in his behavior.
Stauffer’s son, now 21, told POLITICO in January that his dad was beginning to grow his hair out again.
But the real change was when he started to wear a mask.
The older Staufers said he was still afraid to wear one, even though he was told it made him look less intimidating.
“When I was a kid, I would have a hard time finding clothes that fit me.
But now, with this mask, I can just wear it, and I can be confident in my own skin,” he said.
“And now, I look like I have a mustache, and that makes me feel like I’m less intimidating.”
When he was first getting the mask, he wore it with the mask.
But then he started wearing it without it.
“It’s been two years since I’ve been wearing a mask, so I’m still trying to get used to it,” he added.
Stauser was also getting his hair cut out.
“When I went through it, I thought it was going be really painful, and then I found out that it wasn’ t that bad.
I didn’t feel it anymore,” he explained.
“The cut was really just a little bit of a breeze.”
So, while the scars are still there, the baldness is gone, and Staubers facial hair is becoming less noticeable.
The new look has helped him earn a reputation for being tough.
“As much as I’m trying to not let it bother me, I’m not trying to hide it.
I just keep trying to show it, because I just can’t let it go,” he told POLITICO last month.
Stauer has not shaved since January, but he still feels confident enough to show his facial hair off.
“This beard I’m using right now is actually really good.
It’s getting my chin up and showing off my beard, and now I’m like, ‘Wow, I still have a beard!’,” he joked.
The man who once told his wife that his pubes would make him look “like a man” is not ashamed to admit that his haircut changed his life.
“You know what’s funny?
I was in the Marines and my buddies had to have their pubes cut.
They cut me down,” he recalled.
“So I just wanted to have a different haircut, and this is what happened.
I’m glad that I shaved it off.
I was really pissed off.”