From My Celebrity Fashion (who knew?) comes a new survey about women's attitudes toward facial hair on men:
"With the start of the famous Movember charity moustache month approaching, we thought it would be interesting to look into how women really feel about facial hair on men. Despite it being somewhat of a rumour that women aren't a fan of overly hairy men; our results proved quite the opposite, with the majority of women preferring both facial and bodily hair on a man, to a man with a smoother image.
This can probably be explained by going back to instinct, above all. Men with more testosterone were more likely to succeed as hunter/gatherers, and were as a result rather hairy. Luckily for hairy blokes, the likes of Beckham and Johnny Depp have made facial hair more than fashionable in recent years; so all men can don that tache with pride!"
According to the press release, in the sample of 1,832 women aged 18 and over:
76% said that they found a man with facial hair more masculine
54% stated that they preferred a man with facial hair
"Years from now, when the relief pitcher Brian Wilson looks back at the magical World Series run of the 2010 San Francisco Giants, he may rub his cheeks and wonder: "What in name of Zeus was I thinking?"
Mr. Wilson has captivated the country with his gutsy performances in pressurized moments during these baseball playoffs. He has earned one win, five saves and punched the Giants' unlikely Series ticket with a dazzling strikeout of Phillies slugger Ryan Howard on Saturday night.
"On Sunday, Charlie Casserly of CBS Sports reported that Tom Brady and Randy Moss got into an argument over their respective appearances. According to Casserly, Brady suggested Moss cut his beard to look more professional and Moss responded by telling Brady his long hair made him look like a girl. SI has already covered the best hair in sports history, but in tribute to Moss, here are the best beards in sports history."
I've never grown a moustache. I'm not really sure why, but it never seemed like the thing to do among the people I hang out with. I've had full beards, trimmed beards, goatees, and a soul patch (which has lengthened into more of a chin strip as the years go by). But never a moustache. Until now.
I've signed up for Movember, pledging to grow a 'mo for charity during the month of November. It's a great cause - prostate cancer and men's health, which is really overshadowed in the media by breast cancer, it seems.
We don't have an official Shaving Stuff team, but I went ahead and registered, and because I had to pick a name, Team Soul Patch was the most creative thing I could come up with on the spot. And now I'm looking for more team members!
So guys, if you've ever known anyone with prostate cancer (probably all of us), or you've never been involved in a charity event, or if you've always wanted to try wearing a moustache, here's your chance!
And I'm not offended if you don't want to be on my team - heck, start your own team, or register as an individual if you like. But do something.
Mother Jones gives us the skinny on the Alaskan facial hair face-off, an opportunity to (finally) see a beard in the Senate:
"The facial-hairiest race of them all is in Alaska, where tea partier (and GOP nominee) Joe Miller is locked in a three-way race with incumbent Republican Lisa Murkowski, who's running a write-in campaign, and Sitka mayor Scott McAdams, the Democratic nominee. If elected, Miller would be the only US Senator with a beard. (Miller's beard would also become the only senatorial beard with its own Twitter account.) McAdams, who sports a mustache, would join North Dakota GOP candidate John Hoeven (who's favored to win) as the only mustachioed senators."
And here you thought that the next thing to look forward to is choosing your Halloween costume...
"The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember.
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men's health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean-shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men's health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days.
The idea for Movember was sparked in 2003 over a few beers in Melbourne, Australia. The plan was simple - to bring the moustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men's health. No money was raised in 2003, but the guys behind the Mo realized the potential a moustache had in generating conversations about men's health. Inspired by the women around them and all they had done for breast cancer, the Mo Bros set themselves on a course to create a global men's health movement.
In 2004 the campaign evolved and focused on raising awareness and funds for the number one cancer affecting men - prostate cancer. 432 Mo Bros joined the movement that year, raising $55,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia - representing the single largest donation they had ever received.
The Movember moustache has continued to grow year after year, expanding to the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, the Netherlands and Finland.
In 2009, global participation of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas climbed to 255,755, with over one million donors raising $42 Million US equivalent dollars for Movember's global beneficiary partners."
"The United States has not had a president with facial hair since a clean-shaven Woodrow Wilson won the election of 1912 and replaced the mustachioed William Howard Taft. Enter former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, who hinted he may run for office in 2012. Is America ready for its first hairy-lipped commander in chief in a century?"
The European Beard And Moustache Championship, held in the Austrian Alps last weekend, brought facial hair competitors from 8 countries:
"The event drew about 150 participants to the town of Leogang, not far from Salzburg. According to MSNBC, men competed in 17 eccentric categories, including "Freestyle Beard," "Natural Moustache" and "Verdi," with the winner of the latter category bearing a style akin to the famous 19th century Italian composer Giuseppi Verdi."