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The New Statesmen Moustache the question.

Why Movember isn't all it's cracked up to be "One of the Movember mantras is: “Real men, growing real moustaches, talking about real issues”. The slogan is as misguided as its campaign: Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues." [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Dec 3, 2013 - 410 comments

The Threshold of Masculinity

Facial hair on men. Point: "The beard implies a monastic indifference to worldly cares, a hermetic withdrawal from ordinary concerns, and a fixed focus on the higher mysteries, whether divine, philosophical, or the split-finger fastball." Counterpoint: "Enough. It's time we stop congratulating these men for simply presenting a secondary sexual characteristic with no accompanying display of follicular craft or even basic self-control."
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 3, 2013 - 116 comments

Wide World of Sports Beards

"This is Brett Keisel, a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers who makes the usually frustrating identifying process of having to look for pictures of NFL players sans helmet an unexpected pleasure. Consider two things: i) Why in the name of all that's holy would anyone want to imprison this cascading, oddly backwoodsesque yet pleasingly groomed beauty behind visor, mask or grille? And: ii) Given that he has nonetheless to do so, how the hell does he cram it all in? I'm picturing, in a pleasing sort of reverie, some sort of monstrous snood." The Guardian presents the Greatest Beards in World Sports, parts one and two.
posted by oneirodynia on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

National [US] Beard and Mustache Championship portraits.

In 2013 the U.S. Semi finals took place in Vegas. And a fine parade of facial hair it was. The World Beard and Moustache Championship is a biennial competition that celebrates meticulously coiffed facial hair. [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Sep 23, 2013 - 15 comments

Never let a good beard go to waste.

Behold! The Amazing and Terrifying Stop Motion Animated Magic Beard. [slyt | via]
posted by quin on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 comments

Is the beard gray? Does he have a donut-shaped beard extremity? Does he look goofy?

How to identify each Hobbit dwarf by their epic beards
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Dec 14, 2012 - 142 comments

D-bag points and laughs, woman shames with awesome

Balpreet Kaur is a (female) sophomore at Ohio State who follows the Sikh tenet of kesh (uncut hair). Choosing to leave her facial hair in its natural state, however, led to her candid picture drawing negative attention in Reddit's "funny" section. Her clear, friendly and smart response has now gone viral, changing the opinion of at least one european douchebag.
posted by Madamina on Sep 26, 2012 - 134 comments

Let there be facial hair.

A brief but hairy encounter. (SLYT) Don't miss the shocking conclusion.
posted by kinnakeet on Jan 31, 2012 - 32 comments

Whisker Wars

Premiering on IFC last night (and rebroadcast regularly throughout the week) is Whisker Wars, a "docu-comedy" about competitive bearding. The series runs 7 episodes, new each week on Friday night. [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Aug 6, 2011 - 26 comments

Burnside is holdin' it down

The Smithsonian asks: Who had the best Civil War Facial Hair?
posted by illenion on Jun 1, 2011 - 115 comments

Remember, remember the Month of Movember!

The manliest month is here! Stop shaving. NOW! Previously and Even More Previously. Also on Twitter.
posted by vidur on Oct 31, 2010 - 111 comments

I made you a beard.

I made you a beard.
posted by serazin on Dec 13, 2008 - 30 comments

An fine gallery of fine mustachios

An excellent resource for connoisseurs of facial hair that is firmly above-the-lip. Also good for people interested in amusing blogs, vintage photography and glossaries. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Oct 31, 2007 - 21 comments

There is great truth in Alphonse Karr's remark that modern men are ugly because they do not wear their beards.

The German town of Hesel bore witness a few weeks ago to the International German Beard World Championship. Photos here and here. [more inside]
posted by monju_bosatsu on May 8, 2006 - 16 comments

"Shave and a haircut, two bits!"

If you're into that sort of thing, I guess, more (male) facial hair than you can shake a stick at. [other MeFi reading material while your barber strops...]
posted by Rothko on Jan 18, 2006 - 25 comments

Famous Moustaches

Famous moustaches
posted by rocketman on Aug 3, 2005 - 27 comments

Welcome to the first and never again 2004 Asian Mustache Olympics.

Welcome to the first and never again 2004 Asian Mustache Olympics.
posted by dong_resin on Aug 25, 2004 - 11 comments

Tache and Go

Tacheback? (via The Presurfer)
Another web widget I have to add to my blog to stay cool? No, it's another moustache-growing contest, organized to support "The Institute of Cancer Research's national campaign to raise awareness and funding for male cancers". What do moustaches have to do with "male cancers"? Don't ask. Why did I say "another"? Because the biennial World Beard and Moustache Championships are coming to Carson City, Nevada, November 1st. Of course some media have already given this man the title of "World's Longest Moustache" (at least those who paid him $5 to take his picture).
posted by wendell on Sep 21, 2003 - 13 comments

Despot or Sexpot?

Despot or Sexpot? Are these the moustaches of historical dictators or famous porn stars?
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Feb 19, 2003 - 12 comments

One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair

One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair "Historically, beards have been used to distinguish one group from its enemy. And evolutionists believe the beard gives more prominence to the jaw and teeth, all the better for baring those pearly whites in a fight. We won't even get into Freud's theory, which, of course, involves the nether regions of the body and shaving's being akin to castration (Freud had a beard). Then there's the ''gay beard.'' For more on that, you'll have to buy the book." ..... and I thought facial hair was just hair.
posted by LinemanBear on Jan 3, 2002 - 34 comments

"'I never dreamed of trimming it.

"'I never dreamed of trimming it. All the time I worked for the airline, my moustache attracted many adoring eyes inside the plane and on the ground,' the AFP news agency quoted him as saying.

But Indian Airlines takes a different view."
posted by moss on Jun 28, 2001 - 5 comments


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