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Of Beards and Men
Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair | Christopher Oldstone-Moore
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Beardstheyre all the rage these days. Take a look around: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey players, facial hair is everywhere. The New York Times traces this hairy trend to Big Apple hipsters circa 2005 and reports that today some New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants to disguise patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a symbol of manliness and power into a flimsy fashion statement. The beard, she said, has turned into the padded bra of masculinity. Of Beards and Men makes the case that todays bearded renaissance is part of a centuries-long cycle in which facial hairstyles have varied in response to changing ideals of masculinity. Christopher Oldstone-Moore explains that the clean-shaven face has been the default style throughout Western historysee Alexander the Greats beardless face, for example, as the Greek heroic ideal. But the primacy of razors has been challenged over the years by four great bearded movements, beginning with Hadrian in the second century and stretching to todays bristled resurgence. The clean-shaven face today, Oldstone-Moore says, has come to signify a virtuous and sociable man, whereas the beard marks someone as self-reliant and unconventional. History, then, has established specific meanings for facial hair, which both inspire and constrain a mans choices in how he presents himself to the world. This fascinating and erudite history of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, shedding light on the choices men make as they shape the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to rest common misperceptions about beards and vividly illustrates the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. To a surprising degree, we find, the history of men is written on their faces.
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Fascinating history of attitudes to men's facial hair in the Middle East and the West from the Sumerians to the present day

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"So You Don't Like My Beard? That's OK, I Didn't Grow It For You" - Tom Hardy

I've had a beard or goatee for 38 years, and I've said something similar to several potential girlfriends.

#QuotsyOct19 #beard

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Centique Always happy to see Tom Hardy in my feed 🙌 1mo
vivastory I've had my beard for 15 years now 1mo
Buechersuechtling I don‘t understand the female aversion towards beards, either. “The beard scratches when I kiss him.” 🙄 – Uhm. No. It doesn‘t. Maybe I‘m a species that‘s going extinct but I find spruce beards attractive. Manly. 1mo
Laughterhp Haha I probably wouldn‘t be with my husband if he shaved his beard 😂 1mo
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Saw these bearded men yesterday at the Holiday Ale Festival. Love how festive they are.

#whatidowheniamnotreading

vivastory This is great. The guy on the left looks like Peter Skarsgard 2y
Reviewsbylola Love it!! 2y
Clwojick I follow them on insta. Their beards amuse me. 2y
britt_brooke Too funny! 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @Clwojick I‘ll have to check out their insta. 2y
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#TBRtemptation post 7! A sociological centuries-long history of facial hair is presented. Oldstone-Moore posits that the clean-shaven look is the default style. There have been 4 significant bearded movements though, beginning with Hadrian. He tackles misconceptions about beards and shows the connection between grooming, identity, culture, and masculinity. Is the history of men written on their faces? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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