Posted by gary (other posts) on March 18, 2014 at 14:04:21:
In Reply to: Re: the Beard Liberation Front posted by Gordon on March 18, 2014 at 05:14:37:
You're right, of course, and I love gray beards on other men. Most of all two-color beards with stripes of gray and something darker, looking like a white tiger. Grrrrr! But for myself, I just can't bring myself to wear it yet. Weird, right! (I like the way my guru Walt Whitman said it [he was actually my partner in a previous incarnation]: Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
ha ha ha Thanks, Walt. Kisses!
: >...My own preference would be to have a beard, but every time I grow it in (usually from simple laziness, as I don't enjoy shaving) it's so gray that I end up shaving it off. I want to hold on to a youthful look for a little while longer. GRIN
: > So what do y'all think?
: Personally, I think it's fairly silly to imagine that wrinkled, leathery, old, aging skin looks more "youthful" than a good beard, and that regardless of what color the hair of the beard is.
: I also don't believe that "youthful" is necessarily an advantage... nobody looks at Santa (say) and says "gee, he sure looks *old*...!" Instead, the image conveys jolly, masculine, self-assured, and wise.
: It's certainly true that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and different people have (sometimes very) different tastes. Not everybody particularly cares for my beard, but a lot of those who do, REALLY like it. And frankly, those who DON'T like it are generally people that I don't have any problem not having in my life.
: Personally, I don't much care for the "androgynous" look. I like my men to look like MEN, unabashedly, proud. I enjoy having friends who are confident and PROUD of who they are. I really find men with beards and facial hair (as a rule) FAR more masculine, sexy, and desirable.