I got an email today from a guy complaining about my covers. He said he was a "hairy-chested heterosexual man," and felt that my covers depicted "stereotypically hairless gay guys." He wanted to know if chest hair was obsolete.
I have to assume the guy is not a romance reader. Have you EVER seen chest hair on a romance novel cover? Here's my first cover, from 1998:
Notice the lack of chest hair. You could also look at any old Fabio cover, or any recent Samhain cover, or... I could post a gazillion examples, but I don't think it's necessary. Anyone who reads romance knows that men in Romance Novel Land just don't have chest hair!