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Old Jul 17, '09, 8:06 am
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Default Should men grow beards?

Soo, given all the traffic about the horrors of women and pants, let's talk about a more primal issue - Should all men who are able to grow beards? They are after all a real sign of masculinity, the OT suggests that indeed men ought to. The Orthodox, while not demanding it is necessary, encourage it strongly. Even Screwtape suggests the fashion for shaving may be a way of removing or de-emphasizing basic gender differences.
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Old Jul 17, '09, 9:44 am
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I certainly hope not. Although I am not at the age where I can grow a full beard, visualizing it in my head makes myself look significantly less civilized than I do now. (That's just on me, I'm not saying all people with beards are uncivilized )
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Old Jul 17, '09, 10:59 am
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I think the real question is should women with facial hair wear pants?
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Old Jul 17, '09, 11:13 am
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I can only pray that beards become the social norm. That way I can stop the sadistic ritual of shaving.

I love my beard and it's a shame to have to shave it off to fit a social norm.
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Old Jul 17, '09, 11:47 am
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Default Re: Should men grow beards?

Almost all grown men grow beards.

The real question is why do some shave them off!

I believe that God knows what a grown man's face is supposed to look like.
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Old Jul 17, '09, 3:32 pm
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I can only pray that beards become the social norm. That way I can stop the sadistic ritual of shaving.

I love my beard and it's a shame to have to shave it off to fit a social norm.
THat's interesting - you feel social pressure not to have a beard?
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Old Jul 17, '09, 7:56 pm
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I think the real question is should women with facial hair wear pants?
No, you've got that backwards. Men should grow traditional beards and wear traditional clothing--a robe.

Women should cover their hair so they have veils to laugh behind as the men trip going up and down stairs.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 5:18 am
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Beards:

Plus points: Marks you definitively as a man.

I noticed a subtle change of attitude towards me when I walked into shops. I think it says you don't care about looking boyish or effeminate any more (or you just don't give a d*mn).

I've been told it makes me look more 'distinguished', and older.

Negative points: Makes you look older. Tends to put off women, except those women who like beards. Needs to be trimmed and shampooed, same as the hair on your head.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 5:33 am
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My wife won't let me grow one.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 5:53 am
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My wife won't let me grow one.
That is a reason to grow one

As for me. I have one and I am keeping it.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 6:11 am
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Default Re: Should men grow beards?

I grew mine when I was in the Navy - a Bicentennial Beard. My mother-in-law wanted to see what I looked like. I shaved it off in early 1978. "Grow it back", she said.

Makes you look older? I'm old. What hair I have left is white - not grey, white. My beard is white. I rather like having a white beard and white hair.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 7:37 am
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I certainly hope not. Although I am not at the age where I can grow a full beard, visualizing it in my head makes myself look significantly less civilized than I do now. (That's just on me, I'm not saying all people with beards are uncivilized )
You mean were not supposed to grow beards? I wish someone had told me when I got out of the Army 15 years ago.

People say mune makes me look distinguished and civilized....which is a real suprise when they find out I am not...either.

If I didn't grow a beard, I would have no hair on my head except my eye brows and ears.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 7:59 am
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Default Re: Should men grow beards?

I agree with whoever said that grown men do already grow beards, the question is should they shave them off.

IMO I like a guy with a beard. I think it is distinguished and masculine. Obvioulsy we're talking a nice beard and not a crazy, unkempt Father Time/Rip Van Winkle type thing.
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Old Jul 18, '09, 8:00 am
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I grew mine when I was in the Navy - a Bicentennial Beard. My mother-in-law wanted to see what I looked like. I shaved it off in early 1978. "Grow it back", she said.

Makes you look older? I'm old. What hair I have left is white - not grey, white. My beard is white. I rather like having a white beard and white hair.
Sounds like it suits you brotherhrolf!
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Old Jul 18, '09, 10:18 am
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Default Re: Should men grow beards?

I let my beard grow pretty long last winter. I actually really liked it.
It does make you look older though.
Especially when you have a bunch of gray in it.
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