"A study in the 1970s and another one three years ago come to similar conclusions: Women are more attracted to, and more likely to develop a long or short-term relationship with, men with light beards or stubble. They also find men with full beards more aggressive and mature, but also the least attractive. Men with no facial hair were rated the second-least attractive, but also least likely romantic partners.
In other words, a little facial hair goes a long way.
Science says it's true, but what about anecdotally?"
"We've been scrubbed, shaved, plucked and waxed within an inch of our lives. We have been told we should look more like choirboys than Hell's Angels. Our masculinity has been drowned in a tidal wave of metrosexual conformity.
But now we are fighting back. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, David Beckham and a growing number of men are going in pursuit of the hirsute and proudly declaring -- the beard is back, baby."