Clean Shaven Versus Bearded?

Man with beard

Ok, let’s try to solve the argument; clean-shaven vs bearded – what gets more respect? Are safety razors indeed a smooth face’s best friend? Or is a lustrous beard the better ally?

We have laid down the gauntlet, and there should only be two outcomes. Clean-shaven gets more respect, or bearded will be the winner. As Rodney Dangerfield would say, “I don’t get no respect,” and possibly if he had grown a beard, that outcome may have been different. Or, was that just because he was Rodney Dangerfield?

Following we look at the issue of clean-shaven vs. bearded – what gets more respect. Remember, everyone is entitled to their opinion and do not shoot the messenger.

What is Respect Anyway?

Why do you respect someone? Is it because of what they have accomplished, or because of the work that they do? Do you respect someone for the clothes they wear, or have a beard, or do not have a beard?

An example, Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants sprouts a manicured beard and earns $6.3 million per year. Is he respected because of his team-leading saves this year, or because of his beard?

Does the Beard Make the Man?

A good question, and now I remember what my father said, “When someone says a good question, they do not have the answer.” It is a question that is open to opinion. A beard may make a man noticeable in a crowd, and that may elicit a positive, or, a negative opinion. Beauty and a beard are in the eye of the beholder, and it all depends on what you think about the beard.

Clean-shaven vs. bearded – what get’s more respect? Possibly you are getting the idea that there is no clear-cut answer. There are only a lot of opinions.

Is There an Attraction to a Beard?

Some men wear a beard to project an image. A beard is a body adornment, in the same league as one who wears a Rolex, has body piercing, or wears a certain pair of designer jeans. Some suggest that clothes make the man, and some may think a beard makes the man.

The beard may make the man more noticeable. First impressions of someone with a long scraggly beard may project the image of someone tough, compared to a person with a clean beard that the best electric razors have trimmed, that may help the man project a professional image.

There are few discussions about a beard, or no beard, affecting respect. The beard may make the man more noticeable, but it is what the man does, his values and his actions that will generate the respect.

Ask A Woman

A woman may like the looks of a man with a beard, and may originally be attracted by the physical attributes of a beard. But soon, she will find out if she can respect the man, and that has nothing to do with the beard.

Back to the Original Question:  Clean-shaven vs. bearded – what gets more respect?

The conclusion is a beard does not make the man. It certainly may help to create an image, but respect cuts much deeper than being built only on facial hair.

The adage that “beauty is only skin deep” certainly holds true in this debate, as respect goes far beyond being clean-shaven or bearded.


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