Day #64: Sparks – I Wish I Looked a Little Better
Apparently, there is now actual scientific proof that women find non-bearded men more dazzling than those with beards. Seriously. The study, with it’s sciency-sounding title, “Beards augment perceptions of men’s age, social status, and aggressiveness, but not attractiveness,” was published in the Journal of Behavioral Ecology back in November. We’re talking a reputable Oxford Journal, y’all!
There you have it, men. Your beards are not only handy for catching food, but also getting women to look past every off-putting thing about you. Except your hideous beard, of course. You may (nay, should) be asking yourself what exactly anyone is going to do with this information, but, I think its only real purpose was to settle some kind of drunken wager among nerds, who then went double or nothing if they could actually get it published in a real journal. But, I won’t judge (unless you’re a bearded man).
Men and their facial hair. It’s the frequent subject of gossip in girl’s locker rooms and at our slumber parties. We talk about it the way guys talk about boobies. I, for one, come down on the side that a man with facial hair can be quite dashing, so long as he keeps it practical. I like the scruffy look. But I’m gonna hand him a razor if his bristles give my nose carpet burns from the nuzzling. I was never much of a fan of the mustache, which has become socially acceptable again. But, I’ve learned to live with Phil’s, in part out of pity that he may need something to cling to on the days he’s required to be clean-shaven for work. As for beards, I always thought they made some men look very respectable. At least if they didn’t grow in all patchy. The problem is those beards that become wildly overgrown and make a man look like a reclusive hobo, or when they’re long enough that the man feels compelled to shape it like an animal balloon. Then it just becomes a turn-off. I think most women would agree with that. The rest may be self-esteem boosting hair fetishists.
Naturally, the validity of this study will depend on how full the full beards were in the photographs shown to these obviously judgmental women. However, results from a recent cost-benefit analysis show that I am not likely to pay to read this kind of study to determine the extent, if any, of beard bias.
(PS – thanks to Diego for sharing the news).