Friday, July 10, 2009

Blurb - The Bearded Monster

I don’t recall if I have ever brought this up here but I may have mentioned it once or twice. People treat you differently when you have a beard. They are both more defensive and a lot less confrontational if those two can go together.

I can only assume that they take the beard as a sign of automatic aggression. At least on me they do. Why can’t they see me like the kind fuzzy neighbor or funny home improvement TV show sidekick?

My personality hasn’t changed, yet people walk around me and look down when I glance at them. If I turn a corner too fast they slide over to the extreme opposite side of the hallway. I actually made a temp drop all her paperwork. She picked it up quickly and skipped away in a rush before I could help her pick it up.

I don’t have tattoos and I smile and nod when I walk by folks. I hold doors open and say please and thank you. I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. When I shave it all off. It is the complete opposite. People bump my shoulder, talk down to me and are just plain old condescending.

I don’t like the fear and power that the beard comes with but the day is approaching when I will change my look again and I don’t look forward to the challenge. Do ladies get the same treatment when they don't shave their legs?

5 comments:

ryan said...

this reminds me of an awesome episode of dexter's laboratory. he made a synthetic beard that made him all powerful... and ruggedly manly. here's a quick little trailer for it...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqf6N7_U2uY

at one job, i actually grew out my beard to appear older. i was in charge of guiding a group of people 10+ years older than me in a team building course. i was a little worried they would find it hard to believe i could teach them anything. i'm not sure if the beard worked, but the day was successful.

Douglas said...

I have had my beard for so long that I tend to forget it is there and that it does have an effect on others. You are right, people do treat the bearded differently than the bare-faces. Add some long hair (mine once reach the bottom of my shoulder blades) and there's yet another reaction. Skid to a halt next to them on a motorcycle and yet another level is reached. Maybe you have hit upon why I grew mine...

Or maybe I just wanted to cover up my weak chin.

Karina said...

From my side, I can tell you I've never been treated differently, whether I shave my legs or not. But then again, I don't really show my legs if I haven't shaved. Haha.

I heart guys with beards! :)

HektikLyfe said...

>Ryan: I guess its only OK if you have gray in your beard to grow one or something. No idea...

>Douglas: There is nothing like that shock that comes after you shave a beard off. So weird.

>Karina: Armpits though...if a girl comes up to me in a tank top and bushy pits... She is TOTALLY getting treated differently I'm sorry to admit.

Karina said...

For some reason when you mentioned hairy armpits on a girl, I pictured the armpits with hair and like chunks of deodorant. Eww. Gives me the shivers and makes me gack. Haha.

I'm sad to admit that I would have to agree with you on the armpit hair, though.