I'm a Beard Hypocrite

Emily Wylie

Eric is a beard hypocrite. It's true. Eric has been writing about Beards a long time. His first article titled, Bring Back the Beard, back in 2011 for the Business Insider encouraged men to grow their bears out in a corporate environment. The angle of the article spoke to why men should be allowed to grow a beard. A quote from the piece is strongly worded to portray a negative opinion on the clean shaven man.

"But what about the corporate leaders? They currently leave their face womanly smooth, with no pretense that hair should grow on their faces, and that should change. They model themselves after the political stooges, snakes in the courtrooms, and used car salesmen. The clean shaven look is no look for an honest, hard working American man. It is the look of a crook, a sleezebag, or a boy."

Eric admits that today he would not have used this language. There is a popular correlation of a beard to masculinity, even hyper masculinity, but that is not our message. A guy is a guy and his beard does not and should not define him. It is about the right to grow or not to grow as it was brought to Eric's attention in a conversation with Allan Peterkin, author of One Thousand Mustaches.

A guy that shaves in the summer and grows in the winter does not have fluctuating levels of masculinity, it's their style. Let's empower each other for a better community and a better self, year round.


  • O please no, don’t fall or sale out for political correctness crap. It’s 2011, so someone researched that and offended? Then whoever needs a life. Everyone gets an opinion it’s tolerance. People forget that, so I say screw that. You don’t like clean shaven people then say it. If I get offended then I probably am holding a teddy bear and need my safe zone with my blanket cuz I’m a whinny baby. If offended then they probably trolling and should be sat down to understand tolerance and free opinion if not then we are heading down the wrong road. I used to think beards stupid (clean shaven 7/24) my opinion how I have a beard and some say I look bad and need to shave like them. I say to them I like it and my body/face. Will I let your thoughts and opinion change me so you like me more? Nope I’m not a follower. So I say voice your opinion you have great product I’m still buying from ya

    SCottt on

  • Eric – posting this video is commendable to say the least. I feel some of us can have such difficulties with accepting our mistakes – that we’d been wrong about something. We can can come up with so many explanations to keep ourselves in the clean, when the only thing needed would be to just accept our mistakes and move on. We’re only human, all of us. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being wrong, with making mistakes. And acceptance, as your post shows above, is the much needed step that will make us move on, that show the real man behind – beard or no beard. The ability to grow a massive full beard has nothing to do with masculinity, in my opinion. It’s all in the genes. I’ve met lots of people who admired my beard and were both awed and jealous of it (around 3 inches in length, but trimmed), and said how frustrated they felt for not being able to grow something similar. Does that mean they’re not “manly” or masculine enough? I think it only means we have different genes, that’s all. It’s all good in the end. Beard or no beard, it doesn’t much matter — let’s strive for being better people, more compassionate, more empathetic, more understanding towards each other.
    Peace, beard on, and thanks for yet another great post.

    UrbanBeardman on

  • Great message! It will reach people who like beards and are interested in using / have used your beard products, more than any other subgroup, though. I liked the look of most beards, but I have learnt to appreciate “bearded men and their personal style” more as my beard has grown. It does take a good level of involvement, a certain time and investment to maintain facial hair, compared to shaving it off each day. I have spoken about this to friends and coworkers while trying to influence the non bearded to join the “bearded group”. Of course, since it has become a small obsession of mine, I understand why someone would not want the (great, but still a) hassle that comes with growing facial hair… and all of the products that come with it. Respect the dude, first and foremost! Continue to create great content, Beardbrand!

    Serge on

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