To Beard or Not to Beard

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hipster beard2Does anyone else out there think the whole beard trend has gone a bit too far?  Am I the only one who’s tired of pretty much every guy out there has a beard of some sort?

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.

Beards Keep You Young, Healthy & Handsome, Says Science – World Observer Online.

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

beard spelledI’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.

Fashion-conscious men warned we may have reached ‘peak beard’ | Fashion | The Guardian

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.

Paul_BunyanTo 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. 😉

Russian Coach Claims Gay Conspiracy over Olympic Wrestling

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So I recently saw this article on PinkNews.co.uk, regarding the vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to cut wrestling from the list of sports confirmed for the 2020 Olympic Games.  The sport will have to compete for a spot in those games alongside seven other sports.Tarik+Belmadani+Olympics+Day+10+Wrestling+NmQ4JQ5FDVLl

According to the article, the reasons behind this decisions weren’t given despite it being one of the oldest Olympic sports, however it was speculated that it was due to low television ratings.

Anyway, that’s not really the point of the article.  The main point is over the comments made by Russian coach Vladimir Urumagov, who speculated the sports demotion was due to a ‘gay conspiracy‘.  Mr Uruimagov, who coached London 2012 champion Alan Khugaev and Athens 2004 champion Khasan Baroev, called the decision “a blow to masculine origins.”

“If they expel wrestling now, that means that gays will soon run the whole world.”  He continued: “It turns out this committee [the IOC] is headed by representative of these minorities,” and clarified he meant “sexual minorities”.

“It is necessary for millions around the world who understand that this is a man’s sport and who understand the need to continue the human race to go out and explain their position to the Olympic Committee,” he said. “We should prove and explain that in any other case there is no future.”

Ummmm… what?!?

Anyone else lost as to his reasoning and how the removal of wrestling equates to a gay conspiracy?  In fact, I’d think it be the opposite.. that gays would WANT wrestling in the Olympics so they can watch hot, fit men grabble in tight-fitting lycra.

Or maybe that’s just me. LOLstretch

Now I’ve heard of many things being blamed on us poofs over the years, and this one definitely ranks up there with the most silliest.

The following, according to someone somewhere, were all gay people’s fault (as noted in THIS Guardian article):

Are us gay boys and girls really that scary that they need to make up stories about us, to vilify us as if we’re all the boogy-man?

These so-called religious and political leaders are just using our community as a scapegoat, as a harbinger for a perceived ‘evil’ that isn’t there.  In fact, one US pastor has even been quoted as saying “God is systematically destroying America,” because of the gays.

Well.. I think if this ‘God’ is actually destroying the supposed ‘land of the free’, then I really don’t think it’s because of the gays.  If anything, I’d think (and yes, this is my opinion) it’s because of all the religious fanatics who are trying to keep the US in the stone ages and from progressing in Human Rights .. and it’s telling them to catch up with the rest of the free world.

Or maybe, just maybe, all these things happened because they happened, because of our society’s misuse of the planet (weather disasters) or because some people are just bad inside (paedophiles, shootings, etc).  Or maybe sometimes shit just happens, shocking as it may be.

It’s not because us gays just want to live our lives the same as everyone else, with the same rights and freedoms.

We are all equal.  Get over it.