Tuesday December 15, 2015
Beards 101: From the dawn of civilization to lumbersexuals
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Facial hair can spark strong emotions, and according to Christopher Oldstone-Moore, it always has.
Christopher Oldstone-Moore is a senior lecturer at Wright State University. His new book is "Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair." He joined Anna Maria from Dayton, Ohio.
Fast Facts in 'Of Beards and Men'
- Charles Darwin's theory on facial hair was that it was an ornament to impress mates.
- Alexander the Great was a game changer on beards. He asked his officers and soldiers to shave to show they were superior to their enemies.
- Women's advancement in the late 19th century around work and voting created a gender fluidity that left men feeling challenged to answer what it means to be a man. So beards became an experiment to project a more manly self.
- According to Christopher Oldstone-Moore in the book, John Lennon's beard was a statement as a counter culture icon. He saw himself as a modern prophet declaring "Hair Peace.".
- You will not read about Santa in this book. The author prefers real people.
Does the beard make the man? Tell us what you think. Or better still, send us a picture of your beard.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.