Men, we need to talk. I’ve tried to address this issue in my writing before, and I feel like I’m just not getting through. I don’t know why God trusted one of her greatest weapons (facial hair) to the demographic most likely to believe that sweater vests are sexy, but she did. And so through no fault of your own, you have been endowed with a superpower. I understand it’s an enormous burden to bear. I know that the weight of dragging a razor over your face every goddamn day must wear heavily on you, so heavily, that once in a while you just implode and lose your freaking mind. But whether you asked for it or not, you have this gift. You need to learn to use it for the good of all. It’s just like Spider Man’s dad or uncle or grandpa or whatever he was said: “With great power comes great responsibility.”
Facial hair can be beautiful. It can. Just ask my biggest crush, Jesus H. Christ. (Little known fact: The “H” is for “Hector.”)
Conversely, Beard – mustache = Amish. That Amish beard thing only looks good on Amish guys.
Actually, it doesn’t look good on them either, but they ride around in covered wagons, thereby doing their bit to halt this whole climate change thing. Also, they build tasteful, durable furniture from trees they’ve grown and felled themselves, so we forgive them for it. We won’t forgive you for it. Ever. Moving on.
Beard – part of beard + mustache = pirate. You are not a pirate. If Jesus wanted you to look like a pirate, he would have dropped you on a ship in the Elizabethan era, put a rapier in your hand, and suited you up in a snappy pair of leather breeches.
As it is, you are a Home Depot employee in the 21st century. You look ridiculous. Stop it. Or go all the way with it and throw an eye patch and hook into the mix. Unless you’re Johnny Depp. In that case, you can do whatever the hell you want. You are a tormented, brilliant artist. At least half of the movies you make are good. We liked you when you had lethal blades for hands, and that’s not something we always do. (Just ask Freddie Kreuger.) Heck, we even gave you a pass when you decided that a raven was suitable headwear. We will also let it slide when you toy with our minds and hearts by manipulating your facial hair in horrifying, indefensible ways.
My next point. Mustache – beard = pedophile. No one, and I mean no one, ever looked good in a pedo-stache. People say Magnum P.I. did, but they are lying, or legally blind, or both. And even if he did, that was like 1983.
Just because one person managed to pull off the impossible decades ago does not mean you should assume you will be the second man in history to look good in a pedo-stache. Are you going to throw on a white polyester pantsuit because John Travolta pulled it off in 1972 or whatever? Screw staying alive, man. Some things should stay dead and in the past where they belong, with Aqua Net bangs and powdered wigs and side ponytails.
What I’m trying to say is your mustache makes you look like a sex offender. When you pull up beside me in a van wearing one of those things, I want to drop my bike and run. I’m waiting for you to whip open your raincoat and scar me for life. If you ever make the mistake of offering a small child a piece of candy with that thing attached to your lip, she will race screaming from the room. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. I did, just like her mommy warned her to stay away from creepy men with pedo-staches. Also, somebody probably needs to tell you that sometimes boogers get stuck in that thing.
And trim that shit. Beard + mustache – regular trimming = Grizzly Adams. And how many people have you ever heard say, “You know who I really want to bone? Grizzly Adams.” Zero? That’s what I thought.
Weaving lilacs through a beard that could house a small family of ferrets does not count as a fashion statement. And while vermin need homes too (I’m all about the plight of the homeless lice), I shouldn’t have to wonder if they are taking up residence in your beard.
Now I know there are countless women and men out there who disagree with me on all the things I just said, but before you attack me relentlessly, please understand that I am a person who was deeply scarred by various images of Burt Reynolds that were presented to her as a child, especially this one.
Long story short, I suffer from facial hair induced trauma (FHIT), and it’s not curing itself anytime soon. So think of me, and other people like me, when you set out to use your God-given superpowers. If we can make the New York theatre scene a safe space for Mike Pence, we can certainly at least think about making the whole world, or at least the USA, a safe space for people with FHIT. And if you complain about having to trim your facial hair, I’m going to shove a razor, and a six inch high heeled shoe, and a pair of Spanx, and a tube of lipstick, and an underwire bra, down your goddamn throat.
*Disclaimer: I am not actually a trained mathematician. The equations presented in this blog may not be accurate. Moreover, all of the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have nothing to do with the day to day reality most Americans inhabit, as the author lives in her own fantasy world, peopled entirely with Jesus dopplegangers, all with tastefully trimmed facial hair and well-muscled calves. They go around breaking up fistfights, speaking out against oppression, and generally being Jesus-y/dead sexy. To be completely honest, the opinions expressed in this article aren’t even necessarily those of the author. She probably doesn’t hate your facial hair nearly as much as she lets on. But once she’s on a roll, she can’t stop.
In other news, no actual mustached men were harmed in the making of this blog, nor was this blog inspired by, or directed at, any men I actually know. Funny story. My daughter and I were people watching. A man had a pedo-stache AND polyester pants. My FHIT got triggered, along with my PIT (polyester inspired trauma—that’s another blog altogether), and I started ranting. Tastefully. Quietly. So as not to be overheard. (Many of my daughter’s and my conversations resemble episodes of Last Comic Standing. She always wins. Her pedo-stache/polyester rant put mine to shame.) And then I figured it was better to write down my thoughts so I wouldn’t risk hurting Stache-man’s feelings. And well, this happened.
Like I said, I don’t really hate your facial hair nearly as much as I’ve let on. Ok, I do. I totally do. But I still love you. Unless you’re an asshole. Like if you’re a racist or a homophobe or a Nickelback fan, I find you as reprehensible as your pedo-stache. But if you are one of those things, you probably aren’t someone I know, or at least I don’t know you are one of those things. Incidentally, if you are a closet homophobe, you should probably not be reading this blog, as I’m liable to post pictures of girls kissing at any given moment.
This disclaimer is going off the rails on a crazy train. I’ll stop now. I’ve never been diagnosed with ADD, but sometimes, I’m sure I have it. Squirrel!