I actually never visit 'The Brother's Club Hangout' here but this topic made me smile a lot, so the reason for posting it here rather than 'Bebzi Stand under Chai Cafe'. I also never knew that beard styles had so many names!!! Plus, the beard is viewed as a Sunnah in Islam, meaning its not obligatory.Cribb: Are you Clark Kent or Kurt Cobain?
It's a question every man must face: Shave or go primal?
The follicular answer at which we arrive — be it clean cut or casual scruff — is among our most defining presentation choices.
In an instant, it tells the world something about our lifestyle, our work, our personal aesthetic and our level of interest in attracting women.
More than that, the Clark Kent vs. Kurt Cobain conundrum is infused with cultural implications, says Allan Peterkin, a Toronto psychologist, co-author of The Bearded Gentleman
whose previous book was entitled One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair.
From a historical perspective, the contemporary man is scruffier than generations past, a re-connection to a distant past, he says.
“The '50s had beatniks, the '60s had hippies, the '70s was marked by the moustache, the '80s had stubble and the '90s had the goatee,” says Peterkin. “Now we're probably as bushy as Victorian times with big sideburns and beards.”
And the facial hair trend shows no signs of shedding, he says.
Saunter around college campuses these days and you'll spot a surprising number of Grizzly Adams types. Page through fashion magazines and every third image staring back will sport caveman connections.
“It could be a backlash against feminism and metrosexualism,” says Peterkin. “It's something men can do that women can't. A bearded face is always rated more masculine than an unbearded face.”
But while studies show women rate men with facial hair as more virile, female attraction to a bearded face gets far fuzzier when you ask them if they'd like to date or kiss these bushy beasts.
British women articulate the aversion to sandpaper kisses with the phrase “snog burn.”
“It wouldn't be my choice,” says Whitney Wilson, whose boyfriend, 25-year-old Adam Beamish, has been rocking a full moustache for a few months.
Beamish describes the decision as a means of reinvention.
“Men have fewer options to accessorize,” says the Toronto engineer who also sports a foot-long braid of hair cascading down his back. “We should take every opportunity to do something that sets you apart from the rest.
Facial hair is part of the uniform.”
Plus, he says, it gets noticed enough to inspire impromptu conversations with women — a facially inspired form of positive reinforcement that holds understandable intrigue.
If you think you know all about the available facial hair design options, consider the strange world that lies beyond the “handlebar,” the goatee and the “Fu Manchu.” Consider, for example, the far lesser known “lampshade,” the “painter's brush,” the “landing strip,” the “French fork and the “El Insecto.”
Then, of course, dismiss them from your mind instantly.
While men once took their facial hair cue from kings and church leaders as a show of allegiance, the role modelling has now fallen to celebrities, says Peterkin. And plenty of Hollywood heroes sport short trimmed beards these days which, in turn, spawn a new generation of copycats.
“Women can use makeup to change their appearance as they age. Men don't have those options. It's partly an aesthetic decision. You can actually change your face structurally by growing some facial hair.”
There are considerations here beyond personal appearance.
Depending on your work or where you live, the choice to grow could come with pressing implications. Pogophobia, for example, is the made-up-sounding real word for those who discriminate against follically full faces.
Of greatest concern in this constituency is, of course, women with a firmly-held anti-beard position. But some studies show bearded men are less likely to be hired that equally qualified, clean shaven candidates.
“Clearly there is some discrimination,” says Peterkin, who wears a “winter indolence beard” out of laziness. “Some women aren't going to like it and some workplaces aren't going to like it.”
Two professional settings particularly hostile about hairy faces are finance and politics, says Peterkin.
“Because half the population isn't sure about beards, there's a concern that people will think, ‘This guy's got something to hide because I can't see his face.' ”
And those considering a shave-free life for its perceived low maintenance, think again, he says.
“Beards can be as much upkeep as shaving. You really do have to work at it — wash and trim it. It is work.”
In the end, the safest choice is always the simplest.
Have a look at whatever Kid Rock is doing these days and do the exact opposite. http://www.thestar.com/living/article/904599--cribb-are-you-clark-kent-or-kurt-cobain