Of course, that is probably an over-exaggeration, but we’ve gotten to a point where most guys have a beard or scruff of some sort. And it’s not like it’s their day off and didn’t need to shave.
Personally, I love nothing better than a sexy man with a nice beard or stubble. For some guys, it’s what may actually make them sexy in the first place. I know I’ve looked at pictures of guys with and without beards, and thought they looked a lot better with one. Not that they were ugly or unattractive without.
I suppose it’s all a matter of wanting that perceived masculinity in a partner, that the beard somehow makes him seem more virile. That the beard makes him seem more of a man.
And for awhile, at least for me, it made it a bit easier to identify beary or bear-friendly guys. 😉 You rarely found a twink or some muscle queen with a nice, full beard.
Unfortunately these days, with the social acceptance of facial hair over the past few years it’s gotten to the point where you can’t throw a cat without hitting a guy with a beard, and not just in the gay community.
In fact, as I sit in the coffee shop writing this, out of the 8 guys in my immediate vicinity, only one doesn’t have any kind of facial hair… then again he’s 10 years old and hasn’t hit puberty yet. Lol
I’ve seen guys of all walks of life with big bushy beards, gay and straight. But the thing that bothers me so much these days is how this whole beard trend has been taken to the extreme. To the point where there are some damn ugly beards out there, all because they think it’s ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’.
Take the hipster look – a generally skinny guy, with odd clothes, and now with a huge bushy lumberjack beard. This is a common look for a lot of guys living in East London. And on some guys it can look super HAWT! But on most it looks like they’re auditioning for some film about the Amish.
I recently read an article on The Guardian website that suggested that perhaps we’ve reached ‘peak beard’ – that a man’s attractiveness to potential partners may fade as facial hair becomes more prevalent.
Is this true, or just a matter of some fashionista not liking beards so is hoping to get people to start shaving again? Or is it just a matter of pointing out the obvious, that this trend will too pass?
Interestingly there was a conversation about beards at a picnic I attended recently, where the majority of the guys there were clean shaven or just hadn’t shaved that day and only a couple of us with full on beards. Most of the guys there just associated beards with the bear community, and one guy went so far as to say that smooth-faced guys are quickly becoming the more desired since too many guys out there have facial hair now.
To be honest, it’s a thought I’ve had many times myself over the past while. Usually when I’m standing in front of the mirror dreading trimming my beard to ensure it doesn’t go all Paul Bunyon-like. LOL
Hell, I’ve come very VERY close to just shaving the entire thing off in a fit of frustration .. and probably laziness. Haha. Though I think I’d look quite weird without a full beard – I’ve sported one for close to 10 years now!
Anyway, regardless of the ‘peak beard’ effect or whether fashion trends will swing back towards clean-shaven men, they’ll always be somewhat trendy and prevalent in the bear community.
And yes, damn sexy. 😉