The Bandwagon. to which I refer, is "Facial Hair"!
It is really a given for Males, but it is an optional extra, to grow said hair.
For Females it can be a downright hideous embarrassment. Unless, of course, they can join some Circus in which they which might become a 'Bearded Lady'.
However, this is not the usual outcome of Post Menopausal Hair Growth. It is not enough to benefit a career in the Circus. Nor, is it slight enough to ignore, and hope no one will notice.
I have heard of women bleaching the increased hair, in the hopes it will never be noticed.
The trouble is, bleached hair has a tendency to glisten in the sunlight, or any other light directed in the direction of said hair.
No woman wants to be noted for a splendidly gleaming blond moustache, or beard.
Blond takes on a whole new meaning in that scenario.
I digress here, a little. My gripe is not with hapless women, who decide to let Nature take it's cruel course.
No. My gripe is with men, who 'stupidly' grow their whiskers to grubbily stain their chins, and chubby cheeks. They are to be seen in the media, often, proudly sporting this "Derro" look.
I see it to be associated with men, who are either alcohol addicted, or drug addicted- ie, the 'Derro Look'!
Here in Oz, we all know, that Derro, refers to a lost, or drug addicted soul. Some condition, which precludes them from properly shaving in the mornings, or evenings, or whenever they are required, for public appearance.
I see it as downright laziness, in the 'taking care of personal hygiene' vein.
I also see it as an inordinate vanity, as I understand this hideous, whiskered, and 'overgrown' look, takes an awful lot of time to perfect.
I suspect Don Johnston has a lot to answer for, in this ugly 'craze'. (But Hell, didn't he go out of vogue so long ago???' Along with white suits, and rolled-sleeve-suit jackets??)
I realise I am "Older" and my opinions dont count a jot, today. I still feel as though I can b!tch about what I find unattractive, and ugly!
I see it, on an evening Show Host. I am told he has grown the 'Stubble' to counteract the opinion that he has a 'Babyface'.
He should be glad he looks so young!
In his older age, he can still possibly 'pass' for someone much younger.
I think, at present, he looks like someone who is imitating his old Grandfather, or Great Uncle.
I feel like sending him a message, saying "Go and wash your face!! And have a bloody good close shave, while you are there!"
Goodness knows, it is YOUTH that seem so be so worshipped these days.
I should add here, in defence of bearded folks, of which my Beloved Brother is one, there are some people who seem destined to suit beards.
BB was nagged constantly by our Mother to shave off his beard of some 30 odd years.
When he did, she was shocked beyond belief, and wished she had not nagged, so consistently, for all those years. He became unrecognisable, &, she declared, looke like her youngest brother.
He did, and has no intention of shaving it anytime soon.
My two sons, have had various facial hair configurations, over the years, but at present are both clean shaven.
I would never try to dictate or even suggest, what they should do with their very personal whiskers.
I do, however, feel, I can express an opinion on Public Figures.
Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes.