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Damn it, I'm now tracking this. College class, about 20 men, mostly mid-late 20 - about 6-7 real beards. Most are on white guys, but one each on an Asian and a Latino guy. The two latter and one of the former more chinstrap types, only one fully lumberjack (on a slightly older guy who is also bald, AND wearing a plaid flannel shirt), the other three kinda standard. Otherwise a majority of intermediate beard/I haven't shaved in a couple of days looks - it might be exacerbated by midterms - and one lonely, proper, slightly porn, mustache.

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99.9% of all Sikhs have beards...well, because it is one of 5 central tenets of their religion. And most of them tend not to trim it, although keeping it unkempt is sort of verboten. This tends to create a rather large set of tanned gentlemen with relatively luscious beards numbering in the many millions, so I am not even sure where some of these stereotypes come from.

 

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12 hours ago, baxus said:

I don't know if women find beards masculine, I wanted to experiment a bit and change the look I've run with for over 10 years. Since changing my hairstyle was a no-go due to baldness and I find just mustache extremely creepy the only option was growing a beard. So far it's been good. I quite like how it looks, the initial itch went away rather quickly and I like the ritual of washing it, using beard oils and balms and quite enjoy going to the barbers once in a week/tenday.

I am yet to see a successful comb over, modern or otherwise.

Don't use engineering students as measure of a modern man. And I say that as someone who was an engineering student once (and for much longer than they should've been). And kudos on having 30% girls/women in engineering classes. We were around 10%, 15% max.

What counts as a long beard? I mean, I'm way past "stubble" but nowhere near what I'd consider a long beard.

Regarding beards and skin colour, I'd second that a lot of Middle-Eastern men and men from India/Pakistan/Bangladesh have pretty cool beards, too.

I had to laugh at that one, :P

Oh well, some are very stylish, (or better said....they try to... ) XD. Yeah well, in general it's around 25-30%, sometimes it's also less, like 15% depending on the class...

I was referring to something like this as for long

But I've seen lots of "normal beards", definitley many more than those undefined/very short ones.

4 hours ago, Datepalm said:

Damn it, I'm now tracking this. College class, about 20 men, mostly mid-late 20 - about 6-7 real beards. Most are on white guys, but one each on an Asian and a Latino guy. The two latter and one of the former more chinstrap types, only one fully lumberjack (on a slightly older guy who is also bald, AND wearing a plaid flannel shirt), the other three kinda standard. Otherwise a majority of intermediate beard/I haven't shaved in a couple of days looks - it might be exacerbated by midterms - and one lonely, proper, slightly porn, mustache.

I did the same, xD...from 20 guys, mostly early and mid 20's. 17 of them had beards...only one man bun, though. :dunno: What's happening to man buns?!!?

The majority were "normal" beard ones, one very dense though not lumberjack and around 6 or 7 of them just "stubble" or something similar to chinstrap styles.

Just 3 shaved, this shows how the trend is everywhere...

Edited by Meera of Tarth

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On 10/22/2018 at 1:36 PM, Iskaral Pust said:

Honestly, I don't know how some of these trends get established.  It is claimed now -- by outlets who need a new trend to trumpet each season -- that women find beards attractively masculine.  And no mention of skin irritation for women kissing those beards.  This gives license to guys who've always wondered whether they can grow a beard and how it would look, or just want to experiment with a different look.

It does remind me of Cryptonomicon and the hypothesis that beards are a symbol of while male privilege.  Surprising in this febrile era of identity politics that no-one is actually making that claim yet.

I have always thought of beards as a symbol of white male shyness. 

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9 minutes ago, maarsen said:

I have always thought of beards as a symbol of white male shyness. 

That was part of the joke in Cryptonomicon too: white male privilege and the emotional unavailability of same. 
(The character's girlfriend was writing a thesis as a way to passively-aggressively snipe at him and his tech-geek culture)

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I too was fortunate enough to begin going bald at an early age.  When I was 27 in the year 2000, my then wife told me there was no point in getting hair cuts anymore, and that I should just embrace the horror and take it all off.  She bought me a $35 pair of clippers, spent 2 minutes zipping all my hair off, and it's stayed that way ever since.  I buy a new pair of cordless clippers every year or so, spend $ on a good unit now, and use a bic or whatever razor is handy every morning shower, so I usually don't even need the clippers unless I was out deployed or whatever and couldn't bic it for various reasons. 

Simple, cheap, aerodynamic, cool in the summer.  About the only downside is the Mr Clean look.

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