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.
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.