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updated 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/28/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

You know it's summer because the afternoon soaps are staging their annual pec parade. Every actor blessed with youth or a personal trainer has about three scenes a week with his shirt off. As I was watching All My Children last week, it struck me that this chesty display has gone too far. There was Edmund (John Callahan) working outdoors without his shirt or even any gloves. Fine, except he was pruning an overgrown rose garden at the time. Ouch! Most people do not strip before heading into a bramble patch.

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