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What is it with Beards? (Part 2)

Part 2:

Red Sox Beards

             source : The Boston Red Sox, winners of America's baseball World Series, 2013

Why do men shave?

Why do men wear beards? I believe this is plain back to front - a total reversal of argument and a clear example of begging the question.

Let's be logical here, when most men naturally grow facial hair the question should be : - why do men not have beards?

In contemporary western society shaving is the norm and Letting Nature Take its Course is the exception. But for most of human history, right up to the middle of the 20th century, men have grown their beards. From an observer's point of view it's easy to understand why. It's a darned nuisance to scrape your face every day - and I've observed a large number of men scouring that natural growth off their face.

You can drag up reasons for shaving like avoiding head lice, military discipline, keeping cool in a hot climate, or a basic desire to conform to the rest of the red-cheeked crowd but my guess is entirely different.

But what about the moustache?

Does that count?

A moustache doesn't count as a half-beard, a moustache exists for itself alone.

However both of these varieties of facial hair, up to and including sideburns, share common characteristics. There are fashions and modes, sometimes a whole generation of young men will suddenly sprout facial hair in a particular, and probably peculiar, style.

The 1970s saw a proliferation of moustaches for example, while a century earlier no respectable man would be seen dead without an over-the-collar beard and full sideburns.

But will the moustache make a comeback?

Brad Pitt flaunted a moustache for Quentin Tarantino's World War II film, "Inglourious Basterds," and then there's that little tache that James Franco wears as Sean Penn's long-suffering boyfriend in "Milk."

Even the pro-mustache Movember movement is a double-edged razor. Originating in Australia in 2004, Movember challenges men to grow mustaches for the month of November to raise money for men's health charities; an estimated 4,000,000 men worldwide participated in 2013. It brings the moustache back every year, only to kill it off a few weeks later.

But for the man who wears a moustache with pride, these fashions and fads are meaningless.
source : hubpages.com/style/beards-2


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