|'Throughout history, beards have conferred prestige and gravitas'..|
Someone is Special tagged me to participate in P A S S. BLOGADDA contest-- Protest Against Smelly Stubble. But, who says, men with their unkempt look do not look presentable...? In my case, my husband's tough beard bowled me over....So, I have to speak against the motion….
I am one woman, who has never felt burdened with men sporting facial hair. I don’t like clean-shaven men- with no manliness, aggression, roughness on their faces. Be it a sexy stubble, a flamboyant goatee or full beard facial hair,if maintained properly, can be a fashion statement, it can also give an insight into a man’s character; define a person.
Needless to say, I married my man thirty five years back, he still sports a ‘kabir-bedi style beard’. And now, that he's growing old and distinguished, those sprinkles of grey and white are adding more to his masculinity.
'Stubble smell' sounds weird to me...Today, I wonder, how come I never inhaled something as bad as this...!!! Well, yes...when hubby was smoking 60 cigs a day- his whole body used reek of tobacco, including his beard...but, it never felt as lousy as people talking about it now, snuffling into handkerchiefs.
After our marriage, it took me just a few days to condition my olfactory nerves. Ah, association of smell and memories transport me back to our golden past...when life was beaming with good health, vibrant with constant activities, and unmindful of the tough rigmaroles .
As Wordsworth would put it:" with the thirty five summers and thirty five winters',-the journey so far with my bearded man, has been mind-boggling and ambivalent. His beard still doesn't stink...I think, a man must maintain proper hygiene, use soap, shampoos and colognes liberally on his bearded face.
So….Beards rule--yeah!!Hands down, men look great with beards!
This post is part of Protest Against Smelly Stubble Contest. Am tagging Usha Menon; Kalpana Solsi; Sumana Roy