Because Chicks Dig It Or Because Dudes Dig It? Study: Why Men Grow Beards

  • honestsweat

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    Apr 22, 2016 7:58 PM GMT
    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160418-the-real-reason-men-grow-beards

    From the article: "a number of studies have suggested that both men and women perceive men with beards as older, stronger and more aggressive than others. And dominant men can get more mating opportunities by intimidating rivals to stand aside."

    Some beards are hot. Smith Bros-style cough drop beards are not.
  • Latinman27

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    Apr 23, 2016 2:04 AM GMT
    I love Beards.It's so manly and sexy. Beards,pit hair and muscles do it for me.icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 23, 2016 2:31 AM GMT
    Lol the "real reason"

    Why grow hair?
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    Apr 23, 2016 2:32 AM GMT
    It's easier than shaving.

  • theonewhoknoc...

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    Apr 23, 2016 2:46 AM GMT
    Most women hate beards, as do most gay tops. Some bottoms want to play wife, and the only way for some tops to appear more masc than a guy is to be a bearded guy. That will hide the lisp! Since gays set all the trends, some straights follow too icon_lol.gif
  • Relajado

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    Apr 23, 2016 2:19 PM GMT
    trump2016 saidand they both dig one thing besides beards the big all mighty DICK!icon_rolleyes.gif


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    Sorry I can't remember the name of your account that got banned - Rob Baker or somethin?
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    Apr 23, 2016 2:35 PM GMT
    I grew facial hair for 4 years and I just recently decided to shave all of it. Initially I thought it was much easier to travel with facial hair because I didn't have to worry about packing razors, shaving cream, shaving oil, after-shave, etc. I also realized that facial hair had many other functions, some of them sexual in nature (I won't elaborate).
  • leanandclean

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    Apr 23, 2016 3:15 PM GMT
    I like the shadow beard (on myself and others) but I don't like the long bushy beards at all.
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    Apr 23, 2016 6:07 PM GMT
    Particularly in the Pac. NW if you're a 20 or 30 something' guy, gay or straight, you ain't shit unless you have a beard. The bigger the better apparently. I'm loving it.

    Long hair on a man doesn't do it for me though so I get the lack of interest and attraction in beards some folks have.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 23, 2016 6:24 PM GMT
    Most men grow beards. It's just that some cut them off as they grow.

    The reason I stopped cutting off my beard was that I have the problem of tough beard and tender skin. Shaving gave me a rash so as soon as it was socially acceptable to have a beard I stopped shaving. I've had a beard for over half of my life.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 23, 2016 6:25 PM GMT
    BP201 saidLol the "real reason"

    Why grow hair?


    Unless you have an electrolysis job, you cannot stop growing hair. It will keep growing, although you can cut it off as it grows, but that's an unnatural act.
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    Apr 23, 2016 8:08 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidUnless you have an electrolysis job, you cannot stop growing hair. It will keep growing, although you can cut it off as it grows, but that's an unnatural act.


    As much as cutting your hair is.

    Beards are icing on the cake of beauty. I see too much icing, too little cake these days. icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Apr 23, 2016 9:19 PM GMT
    desertmuscl saidIt's easier than shaving.

    True for some men, not for others. I've had a heavy full beard since I was 12-13 years old. Hair all over my cheeks nearly to my eyes, and down my throat to my chest.

    If I don't wanna look like a horror movie wolfman I've gotta shape my beard almost daily with a razor, no matter how short I keep it. And then run a beard trimmer over the whole thing every few days. All with the aid of a good, well-lit mirror.

    Whereas being clean shaven only requires me to use a Norelco rotary electric over my whole face, which I can do by touch if need be. No mirror required, and faster than a beard trimming and shaping takes.

    Right now I'm wearing a close mustache, but even that needs attention every few days. Otherwise it grows right up into my nose - YUCK. But I don't think I'll be having a beard again. Had them on & off for over 20 years (not permitted the prior 25 years in the US Army), and now that it's almost totally white it just looks scruffy at any length.
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    Apr 24, 2016 4:35 AM GMT
    ^

    What's stopping you from lasering your beard off?
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    Apr 24, 2016 4:42 AM GMT
    I'd say this is true for 99% of the bearded guys out there. icon_lol.gif

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    Apr 24, 2016 6:19 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'd say this is true for 99% of the bearded guys out there.

    "There's a whole generation running around looking like lumberjacks, and most of you can't change a fucking tire."

    There's no way I can determine the demographics on this issue. I know a lot of fairly rugged gay guys, but what percentage they are I can't guess.

    I've ridden in gay motorcycle clubs, belonged to outdoor camping groups, gay team sports is popular around here, some are licensed independent contractors who can renovate your house with their own hands, have pedaled 100 miles a day with them on bicycles when you better know something about fixing stuff or you'll find yourself stranded.

    On the other hand I know some gays who can't even pop the hood (bonnet) of their own cars, much less being familiar with what's under there, or how to locate the spare tire & jack in the trunk (boot) to change a flat. Skills which to me are less a mark of masculinity than of being self-sufficient & surviving in this complex modern world. Even our relatively low-tech colonial ancestors in this country needed a skill set allowing them to survive.

    So that my respect factor is a bit lower for guys who make themselves up to look all macho, a beard being part of the costume, but the truth is they're like helpless children in essential daily life skills. But again I don't know what the statistical mix is.

    Reminds me of the guys I'd see in gay clubs who were all decked out in mean-looking motorcycle riding leathers, but who'd never been on a bike in their life and would faint if I ever took them for a ride. We used to have the term "posers" for them.
  • badbug

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    Apr 24, 2016 12:00 PM GMT

    I've had a beard since i was 19. ( I am 35) Off and on for awhile but mostly on, i remember taking so so so so so much shit for it from so many people, then one day it was suddenly cool. Was kind of weird.

    Now it's a bit annoying when people think you're following some trend. Yeah i am following a trend, it's called men since the dawn of time and even a little before when we were monkeys or even before that when we were mice.

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    Apr 24, 2016 1:46 PM GMT
    badbug said
    I've had a beard since i was 19. ( I am 35) Off and on for awhile but mostly on, i remember taking so so so so so much shit for it from so many people, then one day it was suddenly cool. Was kind of weird.

    Now it's a bit annoying when people think you're following some trend. Yeah i am following a trend, it's called men since the dawn of time and even a little before when we were monkeys or even before that when we were mice.

    What I also find kind of weird is the contradictory comments I get regarding facial hair. I've had people tell me I looked younger with a beard, back before it started to go white. Then I'd shave it off and I'd be told I looked 10 years younger. WTF?

    I realize different people see things differently. But a few times both conflicting observations were made by the same guy! I guess he forgot his original comment to me about a year earlier. icon_confused.gif
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    Apr 24, 2016 2:33 PM GMT
    Regarding the original thread question here, about WHY do men choose to grow beards, I have 2 main reasons. And as I wrote above, for me it's not because a beard is easier than being clean shaven. Instead I find a beard the higher maintenance of the 2 choices.

    Rather, my first reason is pleasing my man, whether it was the guy I was dating at the time or my 2 partners (late & current). They're the ones who have to spend more time looking at this "kisser", not me. Same approach I have with other body hair. Let them decide for me, since they gotta live with it. That's a cause of my having gone through changes over the years. Plus having done drag a few times.

    My second reason is to cover facial defects. Including the many blemishes caused by shaving, and letting my skin heal. One of my appearance problems is a large space gap between my upper lip and nose, which a mustache helps to minimize, as I'm wearing now. A long story:

    On one occasion when I decided to shave the mustache off, after several years, I walked into my morning college ROTC class newly shorn. And one of my cadets blurted out: "Major Xxxx, you look like a chimp!"

    The rest of the class was stunned into silence. These just weren't college students, but legally contracted military members with the official rank of cadet, until such time as they earned their Officer commissions as US Army Lieutenants. It was if I had told some Colonel or General Officer that he looked like a baboon (which some certainly acted like).

    I saw by the cadet's expression he realized his terrible mistake. But believe it or not I don't have a Donald Trump-sized ego. So I assumed an evil grin, and calmly told him he might have earned himself punishment push-ups for the rest of his natural life. But the other cadets, knowing my humor, relaxed and laughed as he turned red, enough punishment for one day.

    And of course he got no push-ups, I was no Drill Sergeant, and soon he was laughing, too. But it was a good opportunity for an impromptu lecture about military protocol & rendering respect to superior Officers (and to your subordinates as well, for that matter). A vital area of their future military careers most of them knew little about.

    All prompted by my shaving off a mustache that morning. And realizing later in the day when I got to a mirror that I DID look like a chimp. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 24, 2016 3:23 PM GMT
    I never thought I could grow facial hair and shaved most of my life. I used to cut myself quite frequently while shaving. One vacation, I quit shaving...and then just stopped entirely. Since I quit shaving, I've gotten way more attention from men and women than I ever have in my life. I was surprised, because I pretty much felt invisible once I hit my late 40s.
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    Apr 24, 2016 7:03 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidThe reason I stopped cutting off my beard was that I have the problem of tough beard and tender skin.

    Same here. I do shave my throat though and even that is no fun for me. In my book an unshaven throat makes a guy look like a slob.
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    Apr 24, 2016 7:52 PM GMT
    BTW, when I shape my mustache this is what I use. And for the beard as well, when I had it. The Norelco electric takes care of the rest of my face daily. I only use this one every other day or so.

    An old fashioned double-edge razor. The head is a lot smaller and maneuverable than the modern multi-blade cartridge style. And infinitely less expensive. I stocked up on blades, have several years worth, since I only go through about 1 a month.

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  • Lincsbear

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    Apr 25, 2016 3:10 PM GMT
    The article is a plausible argument about male-male competition as the origin of beards; that it`s not always about attracting a mate.
    I`ve generally found women dislike them. Gay men are more mixed in their views.
    Puberty cam early for me and I had the makings of a beard at thirteen or fourteen, and a full one by fifteen. Becuse my parents disapproved of it, I shaved then, but it was a struggle due to bad acne and spots(even with medical treatment). My beard now covers several scars from wounds I inflicted on myself in those days.
    At nineteen I went to university and stopped shaving to grow my beard.
    It was caused my many things, convenience, growing up, fashion(half the boys there had beards in those days), rebellion, even a sexual fetish.
    I`ve worn a beard ever since. I prefer the mid range one, neither very short and clipped and neat, or big and bushy. It was bigger in the 1980s/'90s, but is smaller and neater today.
    It`s hard to imagine myself without after so many years and I doubt I`ll ever shave it off now.