As a man with a beard, and a barber, I have become keenly aware of the blatant shit headedness that so-called “beard culture” breeds. I had a very closely groomed beard or stubble in various forms for years, but grew mine into a full beard when my dad got throat cancer. He had a full beard all my life, and the radiation therapy made his fall out, albeit temporarily. Growing mine made me feel closer to him. It’s a tribute to him as a person, the kind that I want to be like. It coincided nicely with the beard trend, however. And while I’ve never been shy about trying out various hipster trends, this wasn’t the case when it came to my beard.
I got more into barbering and then went to barber school. I cut hair and facial hair in a million different ways. And while I definitely like the way I look with a beard better than without, I saw that everyone is different. Some men need to be clean shaven and even shave twice a day. Some men have whimsical facial hair shapes and patterns. Some men look like Gandalf. Everyone is different.
This ridiculous idea of equating masculinity or personal worth with having a beard has only exploded. There are a million memes and T-shirt slogans out there that help reinforce the minds of morons that actually think this way. And most of them also happen to carry with them blatant sexism and homophobia. A lot of beard Instagrams out there seem solely dedicated to celebrate rating how great it is to brag about how much pussy a beard will surely get you, how UNgay or UNfeminine you’ll be, how much respect you’ll get that would never be shown you if you’re clean shaven. In short: pure douchebaggery. (By the way, the irony is not lost on me that a common insult for men is to equate them with vaginal cleaning implement...women can’t catch a break in the world of insults.)
If your Instagram has memes, or pic captions, or T-shirt’s like the ones I give as examples (annotated by yours truly in red), don’t follow me. Unfollow me. Hell, block me. Because I have no interest in being even remotely associated with sexist,
Homophobic, and quite often racist shitbags and their brain droppings. #beard #bearded #barber #barberlife #grooming