What follows is the lost story of American facial hair. Like countless other histories, it is rife with contradictions. It begins with white Americans at the time of the Revolution who derided barbering as the work of “inferiors.” It continues with black entrepreneurs who turned it into a source of wealth and prestige. And it concludes with the advent of the beard—a fashion born out of desperation but transformed into a symbol of masculine authority and white supremacy.I have a beard partly to cover over a scar from a cyst removal, partly because I don't like wasting time shaving every morning, but mostly because my wife wants me to have a beard -- she thinks it makes me look better. At least my beard is not a symbol of masculine authority -- almost the opposite!
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Is There Anything More Tedious Than The Triumvirate of the Left? (Race, Sex, and Class As Determiners of Everything)
From the January 2014 Atlantic: