May 23, 2011

Turkish Politics, by the Moustache

turkeyflagcat.jpgDoes your moustache broadcast your political affiliation? Evidently it does in Turkey:

"Leaning back into a maroon barber's chair, its dark leather cracked with age, Onur Karadogan flips through a dusty catalogue of moustache styles.

"An Islamist will ask for this one," he said, pointing to a neatly trimmed, almond-shaped example, bringing two fingers together to illustrate the two millimeters of space that the Koran deems must exist between the end of the upper lip and the beginning of the whiskers.

"These ones," he said, upon reaching a brittle page covered in images of dark-haired men with thick, walrus-style moustache of the Marx variety, "are more for the leftists."

In his 16 years of experience as a barber, Karadogan has become an expert at shaping these bushy declarations. Men don't wear their politics on their sleeve here, they write them across their upper lip."

I wonder what facial hair political classifications we could make here in the U.S.?

Read the rest: Turkey: The politics of facial hair

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Posted by Derek Markham at May 23, 2011 3:39 PM
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