Pick up your razor and shave

Eeew...
Shave that !
Eeew...
Shave that !

When humans first evolved from their ancestors, the world was harsh. Facial hair kept them warm in the long, cold winter months. Facial hair may have once served a purpose for the survival of humankind, but it is now outdated. With the wonderful invention of razors, we were able to leave behind the medieval practices of our forefathers and shave, representing progress, cleanliness and hygiene. Razors now are easier than ever to use, and we should take advantage of this advancement in razor technology.

For the most part, us girls have done our part in securing this image. While we don’t always shave our legs, we have a tendency to make sure they are hair-free before wearing shorts, skirts or a dress. We, however, are still subject to see massive amounts of facial hair spewing from the chins, above the upper lip and cheeks of men.

It is time to pick up your razor and shave. Facial hair is a nuisance and a threat to our society, for those who grow massive amounts of facial hair are retrogressing to the same standards as their caveman ancestors. In a world where progress is the key to a great civilization, we cannot allow for this. Many males with an overdose of testosterone think they’re so sexy with their bearded faces. They may argue that it’s “unmanly” not to be able to grow copious amounts of facial hair. While others can argue back and forth whether the ability to grow hair on your face is manly or unmanly, I am not suggesting that we remove the hair follicles on men’s faces (although that would be nice), but merely that these “manly men,” capable of growing facial hair, shave. This does not strip them of their ability to grow said hair – it just shows they’re willing to evolve into more sophisticated homo sapiens.

While I am an avid supporter of the clean-shaven man, I understand that sometimes other things get in the way of the shaving routine. Not only that, but shaving is sometimes painful and a bit of a hassle, especially if you have acne or razor bumps. For this reason, a bit of stubble every so often is acceptable. In fact, even a light beard on some men is acceptable if it is well-kept and groomed (however, every one of these men look better clean-shaven).

One thing that is never acceptable, however, is the mustache . Facial hair above the upper lip should undoubtedly be kept to a bare minimum, and by that I mean invisible. Growing hair in such a place in unbecoming of any man.

Facial hair is medieval and it’s time to start living in the twenty-first century. Please, men, shave off that beard and separate us from our cave-dwelling ancestors.

  • Amit

    I am really waiting for your next post. Just want to see if it can get more stupid.

  • Rakesh

    Well, at first I was getting wild as the post was going in the direction I never liked. But then I realised that the author was a female and this was a common feeling across all women. But believe me, beard is a great tool to brush on your partner’s face to irritate her 😀

  • Full bearded male

    Ummm. I’m not sure if you live in India, but LOOK AROUND, you women haven’t done your part at all.

    If women don’t shave their beards why should we!

  • Arshadshahid 05

    Very Very Absurd!

  • Wow! Okay first of all people, this was meant to be a light hearted rant
    at my husband growing a beard and forgetting to shave over the weekend.
    Second, I never meant to hurt the sentiments of any community or people
    with individual views on this topic. So please stop commenting along
    religious lines and such.

    @drvishaalbhat:disqus Please delete this post if it gets out of hand. I am fed up at the lack of humor among the readers here.

    • Guest

      This is about as sexist as it can get.  There was no light heartedness in this post.  Far from it. Calling men with beards uncivilized and cave dwellers is insulting to a lot of people.

    • anony

      Light hearted? Seriously? Can you quote a single line which implies that? I do however, find lines like “Facial hair is a nuisance and a threat to our society, for those who grow massive amounts of facial hair are retrogressing to the same standards as their caveman ancestors.” I don’t know which one is more stupid the post or the fact that you somehow find it light hearted. And if you find beard so caveman style why do you still have a profile pic with the stereotype south Indian gold on? Isn’t that too like so 1950? Since your post takes a dig at the beard stereotype, I did expect you to not to practise one yourself. But here you are. Another hypocrite.

    • Amit

      Was it really meant to be a light hearted post? This post is as serious as it can get. You should take it down.

  • Guest

    Agree with the author.Cleaned shaved with no mush!!!

    “Hallucination on individual level is mental disorder,while on mass scale is religion.”

  • Though I’m not a Sikh, but I think your post may hurt sentiments of Sikh Community!

    P.S. Could you throw some light on how facial hair are “THREAT TO OUR SOCIETY”?

    • Khushal, I don’t see where the author is mentioning any particular community. It’s just the personal views, which, if you scour the net, you’ll find many women have written along similar lines.

      • lindsay_m

        Yes. Just search for rants on many blogs by women.

    • lindsay_m

      @facebook-100000229253296:disqus : Have you seen pictures of Cavemen? Wouldn’t you be scared of King Kong?

      • Yea the same way everyone in the US started murdering people after 9 / 11 as they had facial hair / wore a turban right?  Must be justified correct?

        • Guest

          Turban is different issue altogether.It is a threat to security given the terror-infested world we live in.The same applies to VEIL worn by women as well.

  • Lol! It’s really funny that you should write this post 🙂 ; I have written on exactly the opposite a few years back. You can read about it here – http://spacemonkeyinc.blogspot.com/2007/02/ohh-and-while-ugly-practicalities-of.html (Please Grow a Beard)

  • Eve 4672
  • What a bunch of selfish views to impose.  With absolutely NO basis of anything.  Shaving represents progress?  It’s not a deprived, low, under developed society where you you judge progress by if the men have shaven or not. Because if it is, I feel pretty sorry for the society that you live in.  

    You’ve failed to take into account religious reasons for individuals who have to keep them.  

    You’ve COMPLETELY failed to take into account personal reasons.  Actually no wait you have, just that you have called them unbecoming / unacceptable and caveman like.  Who are you to judge how anyone would like to keep themselves?  More then enough times there are people that look far better with one then without.  Others not so.  

    I find this more amusing considering we’re in South India where keeping the mustache is the absolute basic norm for almost every male.  Hell in India as is.  

    If you have an opinion on something, make it on something that you actually have some reasoning on besides blabbering how medieval it looks.   What other people do for their own reasons.

    At least, the beard is real.  Do you want me to get into the all the fake advertising that women do ALL the time?  That would be progress for you I’ll assume, men with shaved faces and women with fake breast implants and a personality so fake you could be blind and know it.  

    • I do not see where the writer has opined on the religious beliefs of anyone. She just mentioned her tastes. Please do not bring religion into this discussion, it looks like a light hearted rant against men in general, and please let it remain so.

      • Please do not bring religion?  Who is bringing religion in it.  I’m just stating a fact that she forgot to mention after mentioning caveman and barbaric.  

        As she ventured her opinions did so did I.  It’s pretty much a rant and not exactly light hearted.  I’ve let it remain as it is.  

    • @facebook-824240424:disqus Your idea that the author is being selfish is totally unjustified. I have read a previous post in which you have mentioned that women must shave their legs and use a deo! Isn’t that totally selfish on your part, by the same token?

      http://manipalblog.com/2011/02/first-views-of-manipal-or-this-part-of-the-world/

      Here’s what you wrote – “The driver tells you stories
      of crashes for fun.  What you also notice on people is two things …hair
      EVERYWHERE (my driver had huge strands coming out of his ears….), no concept of shaving including the ladies.

      But the one thing that stands
      above all? Body Odour.  Deodorant has yet to be introduced in this world
      perhaps?  Seriously some of these need to get some deodorant.  I could
      write some pretty colorful things here, but hopefully I’ve made my
      point. This alone could probably take up a full post (which it just might one of these days)  but I’ll leave it here for now.” Does that mean that every single lady/girl who doesn’t shave or use a deo is backward and regressive? Is it not judging on your part?

    • @facebook-824240424:disqus : I have been reading ManipalBlog since almost a year now and have seen it grow over the past year, also many new writers are now beginning to contribute here. What I do not understand is how you can call the author of this post selfish, when you yourself have written in your first post on ManipalBlog the following:

      “What you also notice on people is two things …hair EVERYWHERE (my driver had huge strands coming out of his ears….), no concept of shaving including the ladies.

      But the one thing that stands
      above all? Body Odour.  Deodorant has yet to be introduced in this world
      perhaps?  Seriously some of these need to get some deodorant.  I could
      write some pretty colorful things here, but hopefully I’ve made my
      point.”
      Read more http://manipalblog.com/2011/02/first-views-of-manipal-or-this-part-of-the-world/Now of course, you being a non-selfish individual, wouldn’t understand the concept that there may be religious beliefs behind the ladies not shaving their body parts, or it being a personal choice of the driver to not shave his hair ( considered a sign of manliness among some individuals). As for the deo part, how many of the Indians can afford it? especially when many can’t seem to afford to go to school or college for that matter?All I see in this post is a light hearted rant at men in general to make them more lovable and huggable. Just because you like to touch our soft skins, doesn’t mean that we should put up with the rough skin on your face and body!

    • :
      I have been reading ManipalBlog since almost a year now and have seen
      it grow over the past year, also many new writers are now beginning to
      contribute here. What I do not understand is how you can call the author
      of this post selfish, when you yourself have written in your first post
      on ManipalBlog the following:

      “What you also notice on people is two things …hair EVERYWHERE (my driver had huge strands coming out of his ears….), no concept of shaving including the ladies.

      But the one thing that stands
      above all? Body Odour.  Deodorant has yet to be introduced in this world
      perhaps?  Seriously some of these need to get some deodorant.  I could
      write some pretty colorful things here, but hopefully I’ve made my
      point.”

      Read more http://manipalblog.com/2011/02/first-views-of-manipal-or-this-part-of-the-world/

      Now of course, you being a non-selfish individual, wouldn’t understand
      the concept that there may be religious beliefs behind the ladies not
      shaving their body parts, or it being a personal choice of the driver to
      not shave his hair ( considered a sign of manliness among some
      individuals). As for the deo part, how many of the Indians can afford
      it? especially when many can’t seem to afford to go to school or college
      for that matter?

      All I see in this post is a light hearted rant at men in general to make
      them more lovable and huggable. Just because you like to touch our soft
      skins, doesn’t mean that we should put up with the rough skin on your
      face and body!

    • lindsay_m

      @facebook-824240424:disqus : I’ve been a reader on this site for almost an year now. I’ve seen this site grow and turn out into this wonderful collaborative. What I do not understand is how you can call thie author here selfish, when you yourself have posted similar stuff and didn’t consider yourself to be so. Let me quote from your first article on this site –

      “What you also notice on people is two things …hair EVERYWHERE (my driver had huge strands coming out of his ears….), no concept of shaving including the ladies.

      But the one thing that stands above all? Body Odour.  Deodorant has yet to be introduced in this world perhaps?  Seriously some of these need to get some deodorant.  I could
      write some pretty colorful things here, but hopefully I’ve made my point. ”

      In case you have forgotten – you can read what you wrote here – http://manipalblog.com/2011/02/first-views-of-manipal-or-this-part-of-the-world/.

      Of course, you being a non-selfish individual , know already that there may be certain religious beliefs that prevent women in South India (yes I’ve stayed in this part of the world, while completing my PhD a few years ago), from shaving their body parts as long as their husbands are alive / they are unmarried. You might also know that many people in India, cannot afford proper meal, let alone a can of Deo which may cost more than the entire daily wages of a menial labourer. And yet, you’ve commented on this stuff!

      Grow up! This is a light hearted rant, which almost all of us girls have cribbed about once in our lifetime. I mean, you want to touch our soft skins, caress it with your fingers and kiss our cheeks too, but won’t let us have the same pleasure. Instead we have to make do with your rough, unshaved body and face?

      • Guest

        Dead on!!!

      • Good point to put up Lindsay.  But you’re forget something basic here.  “First Views of Manipal” That is how I felt as soon as I got here.  Recall I’m not from this country. 

        Then the case of Deo? I wasn’t talking about laborers here when I mentioned, there have been enough staff and professors and students here with that.   It’s disgusting trying to learn something when all you can do is smell the disgusting sweat all around in a class.  With people working on the street or begging, I’m not going to expect them to be all smelling of roses, but if you’re in an institution studying paying lakhs per year or teaching or in a post grad, I’d expect you to shower.  If you don’t care about personal hygiene for yourself it’s all good, but it’s unfair that everyone around you has to suffer for it also.  That’s disrespect and absolutely no empathy for people around. Forget deo if they can’t.  A simple shower will do.  Grow up?  You’re alright with an individual that’s calling people barbaric for sporting beards and I’m the one who’s has to grow up?  I just offered my views on the same.  Everyone has their choice of what they want.  She mentioned her points.  I mentioned mine.