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Holiday Thoughts, #1

Maybe I'll grow a beard.



Growing a beard is an affirmation of manliness and masculinity. The beard itself is a physical characteristic that separates men from the boys, girls, and women. In our culture that has downplayed good old-fashioned masculinity, growing a beard shows that you are not afraid of being a manly man. You can reclaim a too-often-lost aspect of manliness by growing a beard.

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It can often be helpful to choose a bearded role model to serve as a source of inspiration while growing your beard. This could be someone you know or it could be a famous or historic bearded figure. While growing your beard, if at any time your commitment and confidence falter, just remember your bearded role model and realize that he successfully grew his beard and realize that you can, too.


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(crossposted)

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catsparx
Dec. 12th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
don't you freakin dare.
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
but i could affirm my masculinity!
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
you would completely look like a Muslim terrorist.
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
lol
strangedave
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
Or Charles Stross. Who also looks like a Muslim terrorist.
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC)
OMG. Stross. You are so right. They'd be evil twins.
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
maybe i could just pretend to be him for money?
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
I've heard of stupider get rich quick schemes
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Hey, remember that singer from a Christian rock band you are a dead ringer for? Well, with the Stross lookalike thing going on too, I'm thinking it might be time for you to contemplate a new career as a celebrity impersonator!
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
think of all the sex tapes i could make!
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:02 am (UTC)
indeed.
catsparx
Dec. 13th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Pity Michael Jackson's dead. You woulda made an awesome Wacko Jacko
underdogautopsy
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I think you should try it if only for the winter (oh, you're a Southern Hemispherer... it's summer). I've rarely met a man who didn't look somehow enhanced with a beard, so long as he knew how to tend to it and cared enough to.

I don't, sometimes.

That's why I look like a wino.
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
i'm not really growing a beard. i just thought it was funny. i have a goatee, anyhow, so like, i'm there according to that very very gay heard site.

(i mean, i figure its gay...)
switchknitter
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
Beards are hot. Go for it.
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
lol
strangedave
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
Just yesterday I had recommended to me the band < a href="http://www.myspace.com/thebeardsclub">The Beards</a>, a band with great beards who sing songs only about having beards, and in particular their song 'If Your Dad Doesn't have a Beard, You've Got Two Mums'.

Or perhaps you could try it out with a fake beard?



And remember, as one of the Beards song titles reminds us, a wizard needs a beard!
benpeek
Dec. 13th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
lol. that band is pretty funny.
lucius_t
Dec. 15th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
you'll look like a mormon
benpeek
Dec. 15th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
aren't mormons clean shaven? every one i've seen has been.
lucius_t
Dec. 15th, 2009 09:16 am (UTC)
Some have those weird beards with no mustaches,
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