Why have beards become so popular among gay men?

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    Apr 05, 2008 8:44 AM GMT
    Is it laziness? Do bears get more sex? Is it a sign of masculinity? Or is it a revolt against the overwhelming smooth look propogated by advertising and the gay media (see DNA)?

    I remember a time when beards and moustaches were associated with the 1970s, disco and clones. When did facial hair become so fashionable? (says someone who looks rubbish with a beard).
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    Apr 05, 2008 8:54 AM GMT
    Not beards or mustaches. Though they have their sex appeal too. I'm more kinda partial to goatees, sideburns, and five-o-clock shadows. I dunno why. *shrugs*
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    Apr 05, 2008 9:14 AM GMT
    There's a whole market there that i'm missing out on.
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    Apr 05, 2008 1:47 PM GMT
    i like five-o-clock shadows, but it ends there. I dont like heavy bears or mustaches, or goatees (especially those)..they just turn me off for some reason
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    Apr 05, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Usually all villains have beards. And villains are sexy.

    Evil Spock:
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    Good Spock:
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    Case closed for me!
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    Apr 05, 2008 3:32 PM GMT
    I'm not sure evil Spock is sexy. icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 05, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    I shaved my goatee off when there was too much white in it. When I did, people told me how much younger I looked.
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    I'm a sucker for a well-kept beard, goatee, sideburns, or a few days of scruff...

    Maybe it's b/c I can't grow sideburns myself. 3 mutant hairs each next to my ears don't constitute muttonchops.
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    This is a trend that I started personally. It is all traceable back to little ole moi.
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    I, for one, welcome our new bearded overlords.

    The good thing about guys now with beards is that, in large part, they're not the unkempt, raggedy types that were prevalent in the 70s. Most gays that I see now with beards (I sport facial hair a la chinstrap, but no full beard) keep their hair trimmed and neat. I think it adds a nice rugged note.
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    They have? Not in Toronto, except among the bears. If I grew my beard back I would look a bit like Santa Claus after a very successful diet. My beard would be white and my mustache would be salt and pepper. Here I am in 1983, for six months I had a full beard.

    Jonathan in 1983
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    Apr 05, 2008 4:48 PM GMT
    I won't grow one again, I don't want to be called a bear.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:11 PM GMT
    I suspect that different beards have different reasons. A few that I've been told:

    1) The Scruffy Kid Beard. An attempted cover-up for one who is tired of having a baby face. "Hey world, look: I got pubes on my face!"

    2) The Mountain Man EcoBeard. Indicates a moral superiority to effete bare-faced city dwellers. Also has multifunction capabilities: Balaclava and tea strainer. (Note: The MMEB is mainly found in western cities, in the vicinity of pretentious outdoor equipment boutiques - rarely actually seen in the mountains.)

    3) The Recluse Beard. "I don't have a beard! Why, I shaved just... last November?"

    4) The Pirate Captain's Beard. A literary foil.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    Nah, I don't like beards on me. I have a small head with a small body. A beard just makes me look weird, like in cartoons: the short fat guy with a beard who married the tall skinny woman! Heehee! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    mindgarden said"

    2) The Mountain Man EcoBeard. Indicates a moral superiority to effete bare-faced city dwellers. Also has multifunction capabilities: Balaclava and tea strainer. (Note: The MMEB is mainly found in western cities, in the vicinity of pretentious outdoor equipment boutiques - rarely actually seen in the mountains.)


    i guess i sorta fall in this one. but i keep it fairly short and controlled. and why? because i get told it looks good by my friends. over the last while they've all chosen something different to try out, and this is the consensus.

    and being on the east "coast" in a fashionable city, we'll see how that goes over once i move back home.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Beards have been getting popular across the board for a few years now. My state of New York just got its first bearded governor since 1910! I am excited and hope mutton chops, knee length mountain man beards, and evil Spock goatees stick around.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    beards on the right guys can be totally hot--there's a few guys I've spotted here on RJ that work them pretty well in fact!!

    mine, sadly is a bit scruffy, but that doesn't seem to stop me from trying now and then.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    It's not just The Gays. Here in Silverlake, I've been noticing facial hair has been making a comeback in a major way. At any given time at the local coffee shop, at least half the guys have scruff if not all-out beards. It all depends on the guy. Some of them carry it off well, some of them don't. I love clean shaven and I also love, love, love some stubble/scruff. It takes a particular kind of man for me to like a beard - and even then it needs to be really well maintained.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    You've never heard the expression "pussy mouth"?
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    Well, I personally think that facial hair can be sexy. However, I don't necessarily think beards should make a comeback. Too much hair. Although 5 o'clock shadow, goatees, and sideburns are coming back.

    But I think the real reason these are hot right now is because hair is in. Pick up any entertainment magazine and check out the hottest models, actors and celebs, and you'll see that facial hair and even chest and abdominal hair is being rediscovered by many.

    And let's face it, in moderation a little hair makes a many a man. Just my opinion.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:46 PM GMT
    I dunno.... I go thru different stages of face fur...but I like having a beard more than not. Not everyone can or should grow one. Just depends on the person, however, it just boils down to personal preference and what makes you feel good.
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    Apr 05, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    I like beard shadows or a day or two growth, but that is it. No moustaches or beards and no goatees! But I wouldnt turn a guy down just cuz of it. But I would work to get him to shave it later. I did with Firecat and he did! ... icon_biggrin.gif


    oh, and removing your sideburns makes a guy look much younger! .... icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:01 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI suspect that different beards have different reasons. A few that I've been told:

    1) The Scruffy Kid Beard. An attempted cover-up for one who is tired of having a baby face. "Hey world, look: I got pubes on my face!"

    2) The Mountain Man EcoBeard. Indicates a moral superiority to effete bare-faced city dwellers. Also has multifunction capabilities: Balaclava and tea strainer. (Note: The MMEB is mainly found in western cities, in the vicinity of pretentious outdoor equipment boutiques - rarely actually seen in the mountains.)

    3) The Recluse Beard. "I don't have a beard! Why, I shaved just... last November?"

    4) The Pirate Captain's Beard. A literary foil.


    Labelling is so 90's, only douchebags do it icon_rolleyes.gif

    And yes beards/goatee's etc. are hot again..deal with it..it's a trend
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI shaved my goatee off when there was too much white in it. When I did, people told me how much younger I looked.


    Are you going to shave your pubes when they start to go gray?
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    Apr 05, 2008 6:23 PM GMT
    JohnnyD said[quote][cite]Timberoo said[/cite]I shaved my goatee off when there was too much white in it. When I did, people told me how much younger I looked.


    Are you going to shave your pubes when they start to go gray?[/quote]

    No one will care about me sexually once my pubes are gray.

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