Andrew sent along an article that recently appeared in the International Herald Tribune that suggests mustaches have become 'so almost cool'. For me, though, I wonder whether having a mustache is a sign of masculinity or is it a sign that you are so out of touch with style that you might as well grow a mullet as well?
I can't grow a mustache. Never have been able to. Can't grow a beard either. I always tend to look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo. But I guess I never thought that men with mustaches were showing any kind of masculinity. Unless you associate it with a Devil may care attitude that says you are too manly to let society dictate to you how you are to look.
Are mustaches cool? Uncool? Or so painfully uncool they are actually kind of hip? It's possible they are all three at once, depending on who is wearing one and who is taking notice. One thing is for sure: No other style of male grooming sends so many potent - and often mixed - signals.
But the mustache is also associated with masculinity and power. It has long enjoyed an un- ironic popularity among blue-collar men. "If you're a fireman, you have a mustache," said Ron Walker, 47, a fire captain in Dixon, California. "It's an unspoken deal."
The mustache is mostly associated with wrestling fans, porn stars and men over 40.
I'm curious. If you have a second, leave a comment on whether you wear facial hair or not and why or why you haven't chosen to do so.