Bearded men look more fashionable than clean shaved men these days, and it is time to put the razor and shaving cream down and just let your facial hair do its thing.
Thanks to the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, our bearded brothers have been given validity for that questionable facial hair that they’re currently sporting.
The study, titled The Masculinity Paradox, asked 8,520 women to rate men, both with and without facial hair, on a basis of ‘relationship longevity’.
Of the 8,520 women quizzed on their preferences, every last one of them preferred their men unshaven. So a pretty resounding victory for facial hair right there.
“Male‐typical facial features such as a pronounced brow ridge and a more robust jawline may signal underlying health, whereas beards may signal men’s age and masculine social dominance.”
“However, masculine faces are judged as more attractive for short‐term relationships over less masculine faces, whereas beards are judged as more attractive than clean‐shaven faces for long‐term relationships.”
“Our findings suggest that beardedness may be attractive when judging long‐term relationships as a signal of intrasexual formidability and the potential to provide direct benefits to females.”
Jawlines become more pronounced by beards and beards are good testosterone indicators in of themselves. Together, they pair attractiveness and reliability. So if you’re ever approached by a guy with a cool beard, it’s like testosterone is jumping at your face. You can’t help but find that attractive.
In other words then, to the women taking part in the study having a beard is a sign a man has a good mix of both masculine and feminine features, therefore, making them a potentially good partner for the long-term.
Well, I mean you can’t exactly argue with science now, can you? So while you may be feeling a little bit insecure about rocking your Movember handsomeness, just know that the ladies not only secretly love it, but you’re making yourself even more of gentlemen in the process.
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