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post #1 of 34 Old 05-01-2013, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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To beard or not? Hummmmm

I guess I'm among the minority - I prefer clean-shaven look.....

Beard Study Shows Heavy Stubble Makes Men Especially Attractive To Women

Talk about cutting-edge science. A new study conducted by researchers in Australia shows that women prefer men with heavy stubble over clean-shaven guys and guys sporting light stubble or full beards.
And what sort of men's facial hair do straight guys think is preferable among their peers? In the study, published in the May issue of the journal Evolution & Human Behavior, full beards and heavy stubble edged out light stubble and the clean-shaven look.
For their research, University of New South Wales professors Barnaby J. Dixson and Rob C. Brooks presented photos of 10 smiling men to 177 heterosexual men and 351 women, according to MedicalXpress. Each man in the photos was shown in four ways -- clean-shaven, with five days of beard growth (light stubble), 10 days of growth (heavy stubble), and with a full beard.
The researchers then asked the women and men to rate the men in the photos according to their attractiveness, finding heavy stubble to be the clear winner among women.
What explains the hankering for heavy stubble?
"Our findings confirm that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring," the researchers concluded in the abstract of their study.
Dixson and Brooks hypothesize that facial hair makes men seem more mature and masculine but also more dominant and aggressive, the website of the Australia edition of Men's Health reported. "Men, judging other men, might be sensitive to the overall level of masculine threat and aggression signaled through full beards," the researchers wrote, according to the website. "Women, by contrast, may balance...a competitive masculine partner against the costs of mating with a too-masculine partner."
As to why light stubble loses out to heavy stubble, the researchers believe that there's "a threshold of density and distribution may be necessary for beards to function as an attractive signal," Science magazine reported. In other words, it's just too patchy.
at explains the hankering for heavy stubble?


"Our findings confirm that beardedness affects judgments of male socio-sexual attributes and suggest that an intermediate level of beardedness is most attractive while full-bearded men may be perceived as better fathers who could protect and invest in offspring," the researchers concluded in the abstract of their study.
Dixson and Brooks hypothesize that facial hair makes men seem more mature and masculine but also more dominant and aggressive, the website of the Australia edition of Men's Health reported. "Men, judging other men, might be sensitive to the overall level of masculine threat and aggression signaled through full beards," the researchers wrote, according to the website. "Women, by contrast, may balance...a competitive masculine partner against the costs of mating with a too-masculine partner."

As to why light stubble loses out to heavy stubble, the researchers believe that there's "a threshold of density and distribution may be necessary for beards to function as an attractive signal," Science magazine reported. In other words, it's just too patchy.

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I'll say this... I have always shaved daily but a friend of mine convinced me to let my facial hair grow out.

The amount of compliments I suddenly started getting was very shocking, especially since I always found facial hair on myself to look rather unattractive. I don't have a "beard" per say, but I use a beard trimmer and keep it just barely pullable with your fingers... so basically about a weeks growth of hair. I'm still on the fence about whether or not I'll keep it this way for good, but I do love not having to shave daily! :)


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jinx, as long as you are happy with your look, and your partner (and/or family) is happy, who really cares. Personally I find all such "researches" to be rather enterntaining (because the beauty is always in the eye of beholder anyway ).
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I think I'm in the wrong job, I should be paid to do studies like this.

We all know that beard or no beard it is the addition of a cowboy hat that makes a man sexy:

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I don't like the stubble look, personally. I like either clean shaven or a neat, trimmed , short beard. I hate the Taliban type beard.
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I love a man with heavy stubble... Hubba hubba.
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For me it depends on the guy. Some guys just look better with facial hair, others don't.

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I don't like the stubble look, personally. I like either clean shaven or a neat, trimmed , short beard. I hate the Taliban type beard.
Taliban type beard! hahaha
I agree with this^. Maybe it's because I'm from Portland where it often seems like nearly every guy is sporting a "Taliban type beard" but I am not a fan of the beards.
Give me a clean shaven guy over a bearded one any day!

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Heavy stubble, whew. I'll probably need a glass of tea after I see a good lookin' guy with it. Haha.
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Clean shaven......no Neanderthals for me.
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