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]
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."
"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."
presents the Greatest Beards in World Sports, parts one
Behold! The Amazing and Terrifying Stop Motion Animated Magic Beard
. [slyt | via]
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
A brief but hairy encounter. (SLYT)
Don't miss the shocking conclusion.
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]
The German town of Hesel bore witness a few weeks ago to the International German Beard World Championship
. Photos here
. [more inside]
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).
Despot or Sexpot?
Are these the moustaches of historical dictators or famous porn stars?
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.
"'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."