Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What's In A Beard?



I offer this quote without comment. It is from C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters. If you haven't read it, it's great. It's a fictional book of letters from one devil to another younger apprentice devil about how to best tempt and try his assigned human "patient." The kicker is at the end of the quote. :) 

I haven't yet got a report from you on young women in the neighborhood. I should like it at once, for if we can't use his sexuality to make him unchaste we must try to use it for the promotion of a desirable marriage. In the meantime I should like to give you some hint about the type of woman--I mean the physical type--which he should be encouraged to fall in love with if "falling in love' is the best we can manage.   
In a rough and ready way, of course, this question is decided for us by spirits far deeper down in the Lowerarchy than you an I. It is the busienss of these great masters to produce in every age a general misdirection of what may be called sexual "taste." This they do by working through the small circle of popular artists, dressmakers, actresses, and advertisers who determine the fashionable type. The aim is to guide each sex away from those members of the other with whom spiritually helpful, happy, and fertile marriages are most likely. Thus we have now for many centuries triumphed over nature to the extent of making certain secondary characteristics of the male (such as the beard) disagreeable to nearly all females--and there is more in that than you might suppose.
-- C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Chapter XX

If you don't know about the benefits of men covering their moon center (on the chin) you can read some about it here. 

More about hair for men and women.  

Feel free to post about your current or changing experience with beards in the comments. By the way did you know there is a word for people who love or are attracted to beards. Pogonophilia.

Post your favorite beard pics here too if you want, or on FB. Sat Nam.




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