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Old 10-26-2013, 11:22 PM
 
Location: california
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With out my beard I'd be really ugly.
At least this way I'm only scary .
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:55 PM
 
Location: So Cal
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With out my beard I'd be really ugly.
At least this way I'm only scary .
Yeah... I guess I'm kind of scary looking too.... I'm about as scary as a kitten in actuality... but I guess the goatee and the long biker hair and non smiling face does it... I suppose....
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: all over the place (figuratively)
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I think some men are doing it largely for aesthetics - to cover up fleshy faces or weak features. It's like bangs for men
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:38 PM
 
Location: kentucky
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beards are schmexy as hell
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Even if I could grow one, I wouldn't. Since when did looking homeless become trendy? Damn hipsters! Worse are the ones with the handlebar 'staches...
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:48 PM
 
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Its Hips-ta

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Old 10-30-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Utica, NY
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Facial hair is awful. I hate the feel & look of it. Planning on getting laser done on mine at some point. Fortunately it grows slowly but when it does grow, it looks like dirt on my face.

Still I would not get wound up about other people's shaving preferences.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Austin
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I'm not a fan of the beard or the mustache. I know a lot of girls who are into beards, though. They sort of gross me out.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Volcano
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Ok. Whats with the beards? Seems almost every guy in this area is trying to grow a beard now.
Not only that, but elaborate waxed mustaches are also trendy with the hipster crowd.

Funny thing is, I first grew a beard as a teenager because I thought beatniks were cool, and I found shaving to be an issue with my sensitive skin. But I was perceived as a weirdo, and ran into some social friction because of it. Then in the 60s and 70s a beard was part of the hippie thing, and though I never dropped out and always had a job or two, I liked having a beard and long hair and fitting in with my peers. In the 80s I went for a more cleancut look because my work really called for it. In the new Millennia I found that more and more of my coworkers were wearing beards, and ties had also vanished from the workplace, so I went more casual myself, and polo shirts and a close cropped beard became my style. Then when I semi-retired I was already doing most of my work remotely, so I went whole-hog and filled my closet with shorts and sandals and aloha shirts, let the hair get a little longer again, and the beard as well, and just generally relaxed about everything.

Anyway, that's my personal journey through a lifetime of on again off again facial hair. Different strokes for different times and different places.

I have friends of all ages, and I've notice that the Millennials are the ones really jumping on beards and shaped mustaches to go with their tats and tiny-brim fedoras over shaved heads. It's a fashion thing.

And that, basically, comes down to a personal identity thing. Grass-roots fashion shifts like that are all about expressing that one belongs to a certain group, and has a certain set of ideals and beliefs, no matter how vaguely defined those cultural values might be. But at the core it is about differentiating from another group, particularly one's parent's group, in effect saying "I'm not one of THEM, I'm one of US!"

This too shall pass.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Jamestown, NY
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Well, beards apparently make you better MLB baseball players as the Sox won the Series last night! First time they won the Series in Fenway in 95 years!!! Go, Beards!
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