Is there more hidden behind a man’s facial hair than meets the eye?
Earlier this week on Kaya Central, the team explored the recent study that was published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, in which 8520 women assisted researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia to provide ratings on physical attractiveness.
According to the study, men with full beards were viewed as being more attractive to women who were seeking long- term relationships. Men with stubble, on the other hand, were viewed as a better bet for those women who were looking for a short-term fling.
The responses from Kaya Central listeners shared pretty much the same sentiment and most bordered on a woman’s personal preference with regards to facial hair and their partners. A mere level of physical attractiveness and what ranks high on their list of musts in a potential partner. Much the same as the study, where no matter which way you looked at it, the only common denominator was that men with beards were viewed as more “attractive” for a longer term relationship while men with stubble were once again more “attractive” for a short fling.
There was no in-depth analysis given as to why women ranked men accordingly and I refuse to simply accept that women are this vain. Do we really decide whether to give a man the time of day based on his facial hair? I had to delve deeper as I simply do not agree with the research, personally, I prefer my men clean-shaven or with a neatly man-scaped goatee, so does this mean that I am looking for a short term fling? I doubt it as I am happily married and my husband’s facial hair or lack thereof has never been a factor to me. My thoughts on why most women in this study rank men in this regard allude to the fact that it takes a lengthy period of time to grow a full beard and this would show that a man is committed, masculine, socially mature and comfortable in his skin. All qualities that women find “intriguing” in a man.
I understand how important first impressions are and I agree if the physical spark isn’t there initially it’s not worth pursuing but surely the success of a relationship cannot be dependent on something as fickle as facial hair. I will not settle for my female peers viewing men as objects for sexual gratification, is this really the result of years of feminism? How is this any different to men who objectify women in the same light?
In the end, I understand it is all a matter of personal preference and that a man’s sexual appeal is all subjective. But I’d like to end by saying, Idris Elba clean-shaven or with a beard is still Idris Elba to me and either way his sexual appeal is the same.
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Kaya FM.