By Brandon Laveau
From the dawn of man, and till the end of time, there is one thing that has followed us through the ages; Beards. This facial growth has been a sign of wealth, power, masculinity, and honor.
Let’s get one thing straight, beards must be interpreted on a case by case basis and broad generalizations are often inaccurate.
Dihydrotestosterone is the hormone present in males responsible for facial hair and ironically hair loss. Most post-pubescent men can achieve a beard in time. Some men though still have trouble with it:
“I wish I could grow a full one, but it can be scruffy,” substitute teacher Mr. Duttera said.
Scientists believe that beards at one point served a practical purpose rather than modern aesthetics. Beards in early man could have been for warmth, and even for intimidation of rivals to show masculinity, similar to a male lion’s mane.
Fast forward to early civilizations, such as Rome, when a boy’s beard came in he was then considered a man. In ancient Rome and even in today’s Amish culture beards are a sort of trophy, and the removal of another man’s beard is considered disgraceful and the ultimate act of dishonor. In medieval times the touching of a man’s beard without permission was a reason to fight to the death in a duel.
Today, there has been a silent war in America against these furry faces. Recent studies have shown only 33% of american males have facial hair compared to 55% worldwide! It is also shown that women have suggested full bearded men to be only 66% as attractive as clean shaven men. There is some good news though, these same people interviewed said beards show a man is powerful, of higher status, and more respected. Beards are part of us, and no matter how much you try to get rid of them, they will always come back.
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