Advertisements

Mustache-Mania

20120606-142048.jpg

Seeing a lot of hipsters sporting mustaches and beards these days?

Wondering why those hippies don’t just go get haircuts?  But then taking a closer look and realizing that those handlebars, mutton-chops and soul patches are meticulously groomed?

As it turns out, I happen to have an anthropological perspective on that.

Meticulously groomed facial hair and much care and attention given to trim pubic hair (even if only evident among the fringe creative types, hipsters and “metrosexuals”) is an indicator of more pressing gender issues.

Referring back to another recent blog on access to sex (https://thenarcissisticanthropologist.com/2012/06/04/access-to-sex-in-middle-class-america/), I had noted how gender equality is, essentially, making men stay on top of their game a bit more.

Personal grooming is a big part of this.  The mating game is getting increasingly more competitive for the guys out there.  They can’t just rest on their “good provider” laurels to impress the ladies. “Sisters are doing it for themselves” these days and have more earning potential as well as self-confidence.  Women are also increasingly more educating and taking a closer, critical look at the decisions they make in their lives.  That means they are paying closer attention to the details to help them assess their ideal partner.

A man who is well groomed pays attention to the details.  He cares about cleanliness and the comfort of his partner.  He cares about being appealing to his mate as much as he might expect his mate to care.  He is saying that he sees the responsibility of keeping up appearances to be equal among the genders, and that he doesn’t feel entitled to mating rights just because he has a nice job and a hot car.  J

This ethos is starting to become more prevalent in American male culture overall.  It’s not uncommon to see a man with a manicure, or a shiny new barbershop that offers a range of grooming and spa-like services.

Lets also consider that in this increasingly competitive mating landscape, personal expression with regard to style is also important in order to stand out from the sausage-fest.  And let’s face it…mens’ clothing options are far more limited than women’s.  Although, you do see a lot more happening these days with men’s accessories such as bracelets, earrings and even necklaces.

But lets consider one final point that makes mustaches and facial hair the ultimate male self-expression accessory for attracting a mate.  The ability to grow a mustache is (for the most part) something only men can do.  It requires testosterone.  It’s the one accessory that, by nature, is about as masculine as it gets.  So, despite having to work harder to appeal to the ladies because they are stepping up and taking charge, a guy with a stache can still maintain his manhood and look super-spiffy doing it.

Mustches can also apparently spiff up a host of household items and accessories:

http://www.ivillage.com/mustache-decor/7-a-303950

And what could be more mainstream than that?

Advertisements
Categories: Consumer Anthropology, Consumer Culture, Uncategorized, Well-being | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Post navigation

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

mspeachierocks

femdom/adult writings

Punk Rock Anthropology

All things punk rock: music, news, and fashion.

ish ism

Love. Explore. Advocate. Rejoice. Note.

Adventures in Living Abroad

Scintillatebrightly

Abigail S. Holbrook, MSW, LCSW, LLC

Counseling and Consulting in Athens, Georgia

theBeerAuthority

The only authority for all things beer...

Millennials at Work

Coming of Age for the Millennial Workforce

Creativenauts

Personal, design, inspiration, interests.

tumsen

Just another WordPress.com site

Echague

fotografias

ThePopularitéBug

Being a popular kid isn't easy,you have to be cautious about every move of yours because you know that all eyes are on you.Not just the eyes that look up to you but also the eyes that love to see you in pain.You might have your own list of followers but with this list there exists the "popularity starved crowd" who wants to replace you.But when reality bites these morons and they're back to square one,hurt and angry with themselves they try to make you the victim of their moment of high adrenaline,just to make you suffer because you're better.They try to clean their head by ruining your perfect life.What's more is right then you realize that none of your "friends" are what they appear to be.You're broken,depressed .You feel the need to talk to someone of your own kind,someone who won't judge you and that's when you can find me at thepopularitébug,I promise to do anything and everything to help you out of your problem!Amen.

Working Self

Creating Meaningful Work with Rebecca Fraser-Thill

AMERICAN MALE

Often described as a blog, an online magazine, a journal. When examined further the description changes and it becomes a project, an objective, a mission. American Male is one simple thing. It is a collection of different thoughts and experiences so come share yours and be part of the narrative.

nydwracu niþgrim, nihtbealwa mæst

signals, signals everywhere / and not a thought to think

franceleclerc

World travel and photography

entitled millennial

"any man can handle adversity; if you want to test his character, give him power"

%d bloggers like this: