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Stuart G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:40 AM
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Can someone explain the "unshaved look"...to me..please..
I have seen billboards where the guy has a two days beard growth on..

Why?...I notice that this is not just billboards, but some stars are going on tv with two days beard..
What is this???? I am 65 ..don't understand..thanks.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:49 AM
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1. well, it's not new
but I think it looks stupid on almost everyone who does it (might be a few tasty exceptions, but I'm not remembering any at the moment)
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MrCoffee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:51 AM
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2. I almost always have some scruff going on
Not because I'm cultivating a look, but because my tender neckmeat turns to hamburger if I shave it too much.
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:58 AM
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3. It's to help guys like me to buy into the advertising mythos: "Yeah, I may sit around
with a beer in my hand, needing to wash my clothes and get a haircut and a shave, but if I buy an Acme Gizmo Widget, everbody'll notice that I'm really sexy schlub"
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:59 AM
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4. Two days of growth makes no sense. Two years - that's what I'm talking about.
I hate shaving.

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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:03 PM
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5. Because shaving every day chaps my face and makes me all bleedy
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ohiosmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:09 PM
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6. Because I'm retired and no longer a slave to the dictates of corporate America.
:hi:
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:18 PM
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7. I don't know...
I think it can be pretty sexy on some men.

:D
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:24 PM
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18. no, it's ANTI sexy because it means you can't touch him
sex is not just visual, well, i'm a woman, maybe it is just visual for some men or so they claim, but for a woman...a man with stubble is a man who is painful to kiss and touch his face

it causes like a carpet burn!

there is nothing sexy about that

it's a hostile thing, really, the guy is basically saying fuck you, he doesn't care what you feel or if it feels good to you

maybe it is a good thing, it warns you the guy is a narcisstic jerk and it is good to have those types labeled so you can run for your life.

hmmm

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burrfoot Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:56 PM
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27. In all sincerity,
do you really view stubble as a hostile thing?
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:36 AM
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31. comedy gold
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Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:49 PM
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37. Um, well
I wouldn't read that much into it, but that's just me...
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BOG PERSON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:47 PM
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41. lol
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:33 AM
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45. My wife hates it when I shave.
She likes the wiskers!
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:32 PM
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8. manscaping, anyone?
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:34 PM
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9. I never thought it was attractive
not when popularized by Miami Vice & not now.

dg
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The2ndWheel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 12:47 PM
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10. I don't think I have the energy to shave more than once a week
Week and a half usually.
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:27 PM
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11. a family member who is 45 has started this
He says it makes him look like Robert de Niro. And then I noticed that many many men in that age range are doing exactly the same thing. Hair cut, but not close. Two day growth or more. Same shoes. Same black man purse. Same umbrella. Same jeans and jacket style.

So I guess it's a fad.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:29 PM
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13. "[M]an purse"? I don't think what you're seeing here is JUST "a fad."
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:30 PM
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14. Duplicate.
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 05:30 PM by WinkyDink
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 05:28 PM
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12. I HATE that half-arsed "scruff." Pick yer da*n poison!
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:06 PM
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15. I work construction
I don't shave every day by any means. I do masonry, carpentry, drywall and more, all jobs that make you dirty. So I don't change my pants every day either. (everything else though) I shower every day, brush my teeth everyday, but I like construction for the reason that you are judged by your ability and not whether you shaved or wear a suit.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:37 PM
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19. not shaving because you don't have to is different than growing "stubble" on purpose for the look
I have no problem with what you are talking about, but the carefully cultivated slob look is dumb.


Hi panader0! :hi: getting any rain?
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:39 PM
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20. Not yet. It's quite windy.
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blueamy66 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:13 PM
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16. 2 words
Bradley Cooper

:-)
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:21 PM
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17. there was this guy called don johnson (miami vice)
he started it, i think in the 80s, but i don't know what happened to him or why the look survives

i think he got into drugs and maybe died or something?

the look is miserable, grow your 2 day beard if you must but don't expect anyone to kiss you, ugh, stubble HURTS!

a nice soft grown-out beard is fine, clean shaven is fine but the slob look...leave it to the drug addicts is my opinion
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:52 PM
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26. He married an extremely wealthy socialite.
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 06:59 PM
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21. I shave about twice a week when I'm not working.
Why bother? Razor blades are too expensive! :grr:

When working I always take Sundays off to help replenish the oils in my skin - keeps it young. (I learned that years ago, when a moment of temporary lucidity led me to read an article in Playboy. :rofl:)
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Lindsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:41 PM
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22. Blueamy66, I totally agree - Bradley Cooper -OMG. IMO...he's the
hottest lookin' guy of his generation without question. In fact, I just bought "The Hangover" and am watchin' it now. I also saw him in "Limitless" and he's got the most beautiful blue eyes I've ever seen!
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bluedigger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:45 PM
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25. Um, yeah, he's, um, a hottie.
Nothing compared to me, of course, but to each their own... :rofl:
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:58 PM
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23. MiddleFingerMom has to DEFINITELY stay on top of his stubble (baby-faced though he is).
.
.
.
It was big in the mid-80's -- championed mostly by George Michael from the group
"Wham" ...and Don Johnson from the TV series "Miami Vice". It can LOOK very
attractive (it can also look silly or disgusting if the growth is patchy).
.
By the late 80's, it had faded as a big fad... but I've noticed it more and more
again (those pesky cyclical fads) in the last 5 years or so).
.
The UK publication "The Guardian" declared it pretty dead in 1989, but here's
an article from around 1986 (which includes the following definition of "designer
stubble":
.
20th Century Words by John Ayto, describes designer stubble thus:
......noun (1987): a short bristly growth of stubble on a man's unshaven face,
......worn for a carefully groomed yet rugged and masculine appearance...

.
http://www.80sactual.com/2007/12/designer-stubble.html
.
.
.


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Stardust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:13 AM
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42. Remember the Miami De-Vice - a shaver designed to leave just the right amount of stubble.
I've seem some guys lately who look wonderful with that look. Jason Ritter comes to mind...yum, yum.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:07 PM
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24. I don't understand it, and I don't care for it.
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 10:07 PM by elleng
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:58 PM
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28. Get yourself one of these
I use mine roughly once a week. You'll never have to shave or buy blades again.

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burrfoot Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:05 PM
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29. Upthread George Michaels is mentioned,
and another pioneer of this was Clint Eastwood. Before him, stubble was a widely-used indicator of evil; the equivalent of a neon sign saying "I'm the villain" flashing above the villain's head. He made it a symbol of the rough-edged-but-with-a-heart-of-gold good guy hero.

I'm another one of those guys whose neck gets shredded by shaving too often. Even with the five-blade-vibrating-gel-relasing-flexible-head-$25-a-box razor heads and super-uber-ultra-hydrating shaving cream, I still get eaten alive. The best solution I've ever been able to reach is to shave once a week. That way it's only painful and ugly for one day.

YMMV, as always.


:toast:


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hibbing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 11:54 PM
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30. Interesting take
Hi,
I just hate shaving period. I have a new electric now and have been going at least every other day, especially now that my beard comes in *white*, not even gray, grrr. I used to do the couple days stubble, but again, just because I hate shaving, not because of trying to go for some "look".

Interesting post, and interesting to read everyone's comments, thanks.

Peace
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mcollins Donating Member (506 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:26 AM
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32. Slacker lifestyle hip? nt
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:57 PM
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33. i like scruff -- but i don't like beards.
:shrug:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:37 PM
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34. That look was big 30 years ago...Remember Don Johnson?
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:47 PM
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35. Shaving is hard work, I do it once a week....:)
Peple don't really care these days ..

Besides, they are to busy looking at my hot ass to notice :rofl:
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:48 PM
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36. I'm near 70 (if that matters) and I don't get it either.
Young actors show up at the academy awards with 2 days growth.
When, how, and why did that become 'cool'?
:shrug:
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:00 PM
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38. i'm over 50 and am sporting the stubble look. i like it
coz since the collapse of the housing industry, i work two crappy jobs, shave once a week, have a fucking piss poor attitude toward life and just don't give a fuck what anyone thinks about it.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:36 AM
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46. Ha ha. That sounds like me.
But mine started about a decade ago. When I became self employed, I stopped that daily chore. Can't say I miss it much.

Plus a little growth hides my psoriasis on my upper lip.

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wickerwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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39. Stubble says "I'm so brimming with testosterone, I can't go four hours without sprouting"
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:11 PM by wickerwoman
A very close shave says "I want to look nice for my bar mitzvah."

Observe:



And FIY, never ever do a google image search on "celebrity stubble".
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BOG PERSON Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:42 PM
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40. must be a new trend




i'm sure it'll pass soon enough
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:57 AM
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43. I don't know but me like
yes INDEED
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quakerboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 01:56 AM
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44. Um..
it works great. Its less than a week where things start getting itchy, but more than wasting time and making a mess each day.

As to billboards and tv stars, havn't got a clue.
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