November 10, 2009

Men, Why Do You Shave?

shaved.jpgI found this in an article on the site Thels Talk:

"Among the many reasons I found while doing some research men began shaving in Stone Age times were:
  • To reduce the breeding grounds for lice, fleas and small rodents.
  • To eliminate the beard as a place for an enemy to hang on during combat.
  • To make it easier to eat.
  • Superstition associated a heavily bearded man with old age and death, in addition to the superstitious belief of spirits which entered the body through hairs on the head.

I don't know about you, but I don't think any of those apply anymore.

The comments (over 400 of them) are hilarious (and insightful). One man said "I shave because James Bond shaves." and another says "I don't shave my beard because I don't have to submit to another man's will to survive. My beard represents freedom, self-determination and control over my own destiny."

I shave because I've grown a beard many different times in my life, and now that I'm 40, a shaved face helps me to look younger.

What about you? Why do you shave?

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Posted by Derek Markham at November 10, 2009 9:22 AM
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I have to disagree with you about, "I don't think any of those apply anymore.":

"To eliminate the beard as a place for an enemy to hang on during combat."

still applies to modern day infantrymen who may be engaging in hand to hand combat, especially members of elite forces. You'll see them bearded and mustachioed, but rarely with enough for an enemy to get a handhold.

In addition:

"To reduce the breeding grounds for lice, fleas,..."

still applies to such warriors and other men under sufficiently primitive circumstances, but I will agree that these reasons no longer apply to MOST men...

who have access to this web site.


Posted by: FredTownWard at November 16, 2009 12:57 PM
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