Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair by Christopher Oldstone-Moore

By Christopher Oldstone-Moore

Beards—they’re all of the rage nowadays. have a look round: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey gamers, facial hair is all over the place. The New York Times strains this bushy development to the world financial center hipsters circa 2005 and studies that at the present time a few New Yorkers pay hundreds of thousands of bucks for facial hair transplants to hide patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a logo of manliness and tool right into a flimsy style assertion. The beard, she stated, has changed into the padded bra of masculinity.

Of Beards and Men makes the case that today’s bearded renaissance is a part of a centuries-long cycle during which facial hairstyles have different in accordance with altering beliefs of masculinity. Christopher Oldstone-Moore explains that the clean-shaven face has been the default type all through Western history—see Alexander the Great’s beardless face, for instance, because the Greek heroic perfect. however the primacy of razors has been challenged through the years by way of 4 nice bearded activities, starting with Hadrian within the moment century and stretching to today’s bristled resurgence. The clean-shaven face at the present time, Oldstone-Moore says, has come to indicate a virtuous and sociable guy, while the beard marks a person as self-reliant and unconventional. historical past, then, has verified particular meanings for facial hair, which either motivate and constrain a man’s offerings in how he offers himself to the world.

This attention-grabbing and erudite background of facial hair cracks the masculine hair code, laying off gentle at the offerings males make as they form the hair on their faces. Oldstone-Moore adeptly lays to relaxation universal misperceptions approximately beards and vividly illustrates the relationship among grooming, identification, tradition, and masculinity. To a shocking measure, we discover, the historical past of fellows is written on their faces.

Show description

Read or Download Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair PDF

Best beauty & fashion books

Coconut Oil For Your Skin - Nourishing Your Body From The Outside In

Coconut Oil on your dermis – Nourishing Your physique From the skin In is a real exertions of affection. i like coconut oil for lots of purposes yet were so very inspired with it as i've got used it on my epidermis. Coconut oil is the main nourishing oil you could placed onto your epidermis and into your physique. natural virgin (unrefined) coconut oil is the simplest traditional aspect for epidermis lotion.

The Development of Costume (Heritage: Care-Preservation-Management)

Garments is the outward and visual signal of style, discrimination, social perspective and standing. In each tradition, women and men pay huge, immense cognizance to the trivialities of costume and visual appeal. This authoritative research appears to be like at either the social and actual elements of garments. It lines the historical past and improvement of garments from the earliest instances to the computing device age, displaying how materials, ornament, form and constitution, replicate and are laid low with tradition and know-how.

Fashionable Encounters: Perspectives and trends in textile and dress in the Early Modern Nordic World (Ancient Textiles Series)

On the middle of this anthology lies the realm of favor: an idea that pervades the area of garments and get dressed; appearances and stylish manners; inside layout; rules and attitudes. right here 16 papers concentrate on the Nordic international (Denmark, Norway, Sweden Finland, Iceland, the Faroe Isles and Greenland) in the time-frame advert 1500–1850.

The Big Book of Braiding: 55 Elegant and Stylish Braids for Every Occasion

A beautiful visible selection of greater than fifty assorted braided hair types, with specified directions and necessary images that exhibit easy methods to create them. From the massive monitor to the runway to the crimson carpet, braided hairstyles have by no means been extra renowned than they're this present day. even if you must recreation attractive, complicated twists, pull again your hair for routines or the large video game, or costume up for a marriage or formal occasion, the large booklet of Braiding has the entire seems and directions to encourage and convey you ways.

Extra info for Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.80 of 5 – based on 9 votes