Beards make their place as part of main stream culture
By: Patricia Bowen
Side burns, mutton chops, the Fu Manchu, Goatees: just a few of the many hairstyles that may grace the faces of Boise State students.
Over the last decade, beards have gone from a husky man’s game to a main stream trend.
“I think (beards are) more socially acceptable. It used to be a sign of skuzziness or grunginess, and now it is kind of cool to have a beard,” said Nate Willacy, freshman finance and accounting double major.
Willacy feels that the facial hair trend has become more popular because of its prevalence in pop culture and sports.
“A lot of famous celebrities, musicians and athletes have beards. People typically follow the people that they like,” Willacy said. “It also makes people look older.”
James Harden, an NBA player for the Houston Rockets, was cited by Willacy as an athlete who is currently rocking the beard. The increasing number of celebrities with beards has created an avenue for men to have facial hair without being socially outcast.
“I don’t think beards are (part of a subculture) anymore,” said Abby Filicetti, sophomore health science major.
Filicetti explained that the beard has escalated to something that anyone can sport without being discriminated against based on appearance.
“I definitely feel as millennials age there will be more beard in the workplace,” Willacy said. “My previous job didn’t want me to have a beard but when I got my current job, they were completely fine with it so I see the trend already happening.”
Willacy feels that the beard, like the tattoo, has made its place in the millennial’s wardrobe and with time will become more and more prominent and socially acceptable.
“The world’s changing and all sorts of things are changing for the better,” Willacy said. “People’s appearances most of the time, I feel, are not a big deal anymore.”
Is No Shave November also for women?
By: Zoey Nguyen
No Shave November’s or Movember’s initial purpose was to raise awareness on men’s health issues such as prostate cancer. Nowadays, it is almost an automatic tradition amongst some males.
As November has arrived, a definite part of the male population has decided to participate in No Shave November, letting their hair grow free for the whole month.
So while the males are throwing away their razor blades and are happily growing out their beards and moustaches (whichever is in their ability to do), the female population of campus isn’t afraid to get in on the fun.
While most females say that, personally, it is not something they are interested in, they definitely think No Shave November should not be confined to just one gender.
“I think females participate in No Shave November if they want to make a statement that it isn’t a gender specific thing and that it shouldn’t be limited to one gender and that shaving is annoying and takes a lot of time, but it’s definitely something that more attracts males,” said Marissa Hondros, a junior majoring in biology.
And although most females do not plan to be a part of the No Shave November tradition, most support the women who do, saying that their decision on what they do with their own bodies should not be judged.
“Why should men be the only ones who don’t have to shave? It’s completely unnatural for anyone to shave, but we do it because society pressures us into it,” said Amelia Keily, sophomore in social work. “I encourage people to do whatever they like.”
Ask the Beard
By: Justin Doering
Kyle Bosher, junior business major:
My reason: “No Shave November is something to do with friends, we usually compete to see who can grow the most impressive beard. The only issue is that I have to keep it somewhat trimmed for work so I can’t be as manly as I would like to be.”
People think: “I like to think with a good beard I’m seen as someone who can take care of things, like I manage a large business or play sports.”
Kolby Kennedy, freshman construction
My reason: “I want to make my father proud! He doesn’t really support me all that much when it comes to facial hair, so I’d like to think a good strong beard for the break will be a good enough reason for my dad to let me cut the turkey.”
By the end of it: “Right now I look kind of like a homeless Michael Cera, but hopefully by the end of it I’ll look like that mountain man from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Matt Ammons, junior economics major:
My reason: “I usually have a beard, this just gives me of an excuse. I usually go hard for No Shave November and let the neck beard go wild all the way through Christmas break. My parents are never too fond of it and I think they are starting to think I just live on the streets.”
By the end of it: “Ideally, I will look a young, more successful Dan Blizerian. Hopefully people don’t just think I’m trashy and know that this thing is for No Shave November.”