GROW IT OR MOW IT!–a little rant about stubble

There is a trend among men between 18 and 30-something to sport a 3-to-

Eric McCormack
Eric McCormack

5-day growth of stubble on their faces. They apparently believe that this is proof of a hefty amount of testosterone being produced by adequately-sized “nads.” I really don’t know to whom they think this look is attractive. What woman wants to have her face scraped by this wiry growth? To me, a woman of 70, who frankly likes beards, a man with stubble on his face and ‘fashionably’ tousled hair, looks like he has just come off a weekend drunk, or has spent a week camping and got lost. Perhaps he wants to look like he was held hostage by terrorists? All he needs is food in his teeth and redolent B.O. to complete this disguise.

Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie

I like “House”, but I wish he’d lose the brush! Stubble does not make a man look tough or heroic. In fact, most career military types are quite disciplined about the neat appearance of their hair and their personal hygiene. Actors who have boyish good looks into their 40’s, might start shaving with a hair-trimmer so that they can be considered for serious character roles or action movies, and for some, it works. But once they pass 40, as Brad Pitt has, the stubble makes them look tired and grubby, and they often look better in a moustache and well-trimmed beard.

Pitt & son-shabby retro chic
Pitt & son-shabby retro chic
Pitt in goatee
Pitt in goatee

Now, George Clooney, Noah Wyle, and Anthony Edwards could be excused for having a 5 o’clock (a.m.) shadow if they have been on duty in the ER for two days without rest. But Clooney, now nearing 50, can grow a luxuriant beard that any man would be proud of.

Clooney as Dr. Ross
Clooney as Dr. Ross

 

Clooney with beard
Clooney with beard

Dick Van Dyke and Donald Sutherland have worn beautiful white moustache & beard combos when they hit their 70’s. But now the cycle completes as you see the elder statesmen of the stage and screen shave their faces clean, so that they can look more youthful!

Andy Griffith (Matlock)
Andy Griffith (Matlock)

 

Redford 2005
Redford 2005

 

Donald Sutherland 2005
Donald Sutherland 2005
Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan

I visited a site that has for 10 years been devoted to everything a man (or woman) needs to know about growing, styling, and caring for a beard. Here is a link to the page on growing one: http://www.beards.org/grow.php

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Author: b4i4get

I am a 68-yo retired Physical Therapist Asst. living in Texas. Currently I have ~5 dozen webpages, including 3 homepages, an e-novel, and 1 blog. I love cats, writing, and thinking about the big questions. I am also a singer-songwriter, though no one has heard of me--yet.

8 thoughts on “GROW IT OR MOW IT!–a little rant about stubble”

  1. No,I am not a beard fan-now bald heads–I adore them.I had a boy friend for a few months and running my hands over his bald head ,to me, was s-o-o-o-sexy !!
    It takes all kinds ,doesn’t it.

    xxx Maggy

  2. Well, there is a saying about bald heads that some men like to quote: “God only made a certain number of perfect heads–and the rest, he covered with hair.”

  3. I guess since women don’t fit under stabble statements, they always complaint about it. Stubble is sexy in most of men, and Brad Pitt’s smooth, pink and baby-butt skin is boyish to the bore. More “masculine” is every women in stardom with a little moustache like he’s wearing.

  4. I don’t know if you are male or female, but I think that stubble only shows that a young man is old enough to grow a beard. Sexy? Not to me. Why would any girl or woman want to have her face scraped by scratchy stubble while she is kissing this guy? That happened to me once when I was young, and I never let it happen again. That’s why I say, “Grow it or mow it.” As for the moustache on some women, this is considered normal in some Latin cultures, and the hair only grows to a limited length and is soft, not scratchy. Many women bleach it, rather than get started with the chemicals, waxes, and shaving.

  5. You do realize why this is popular right? Stubble is a symbol of a rebel, one who neither fully embraces, nor denies conformity. When the rebel realizes the beard has become full blown, it’s removed and the cycle begins anew.
    The attractiveness of this exists in the rebel’s ability to commit to those around them (family, friends) regardless of the larger consequences to themselves.
    But the mark of an artful rebel is a well trimmed stubble beard. Maintaining stubble requires constant balance between too much and too little. Where the hair is emphasized works on a deeper physiological level (i.e. more stubble on the jaw, but less on the cheeks, never too much leading to the ears to imply compliance, but a subtle transition between all points therein)

    1. Thanks very much for your well-thought and articulate comment, Lewis. Yes, I can see how wearing stubble is a form of rebellion against having to shave every day (or not shave in some cultures.) I just don’t think it’s attractive, and it is scratchy to a woman’s face until the hair reaches a length where it would no longer be considered stubble, but a beard. I think we could also call a woman’s refusal to shave her legs (or use another method to remove the hair down to the skin) a similar rebellion against conformity, and it would also serve as the counterpoint for unattractiveness and scratchy discomfort to a man, for my argument about facial stubble.
      Actually, I continue to be amazed that so many people are still reading my post “Grow It or Mow It”! Apparently it is still out there on the search engines. (Maybe people just like looking at the pictures.)

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