by New Phone Who Dis on March 20, 2016 - 9:42pm
This article explains that there might be a correlation between being bearded and the occurrence of violent behaviour. It interprets data that was not correctly collected and claiming it as a rightful study. Furthermore, it invokes that bearded men are more unfaithful and states: “[i]t’s possible that men with more negative attitudes towards women are more likely to choose to wear facial hair because it accentuates their apparent masculinity and dominance” (Mini Malabanan).
In this article, the author evaluates that men are prone to violence either way but that beards, an ever-more popular style in men’s fashion, is linked to a breach of morals and ethics. Simply by starting the title with “STUDY”, the author is suggesting that all of the information on her article is accurate and should be considered as the only truth. Moreover, the article is written with sentences stating research results that do not seem to be able to be generalized to an entire population as both surveys were done with 500 and 2000 men in contrast to over 3.5 billion men in the world.
In addition, all statements made were showing negative traits of men with no sources to be backed with nor with any other statistics to compare with. Therefore, the reader is left with numbers that hold no meaning and group categories held together regardless of their intensity -> (ex: stealing is a big word; a person can steal a pack of gum or rob a bank, yet the actions would be classified under the same word). In the article stealing was noted as a more prevalent trait with bearded men.
The assumptions made on masculinity in this article are stated clearly. It is made to showcase men as unfaithful, violent and sexist which represents a destructive form of masculinity. This is shown in the last part of the articles, more precisely in the hashtag section with “bad boys”, “beard”, “men”, “sexism” and “violence” all next to each other. By annexing these tags to the article, the author is linking negative terms with men and masculinity by using facial hair as its symbol.
As explained in the movie Tough Guise; “[m]asculinity has used a series of disguised to infiltrate male subcultures and chronicle the sexism, misogyny, homophobia, and violence that so many ordinary men use to forge bonds with one another and prove they’re real men” (Jackson Katz).
The author simply wants to demonstrate that violence is a trait that all men have in common especially the ones that are not fuzz-free. This article is a fair example that men are being identified with hegemonic masculinity and the characteristics associated with it. As display picture, the article provides a picture of a drunken pirate that lives a life of violence (Jack Sparrow) and on the inside, a picture of a heavily bearded man smoking (subtly representing that men lead dangerous lives and are more susceptible to taking risks).
The author essentially condemns a growing/popular trend in society by implicating it has a correlation the “man box” which encourages lustful action towards women, violence, and control/dominance.
Thus, this article is quite different to how the media tends to represent men as he is not gratified. The author tries to manipulate its audience to essentially boycott men with hair if they do not want to feel hurt in the long run. Finally, the term “man” is being interpreted as the sex of the person and not necessarily the gender the individual associates with or conforms to. This implicates a greater number of complications in the data collected and on the accuracy of the statements made.