According to a recent research project, men are more concerned about their hair nowadays, as personal appearance has an entirely new type of importance in their lives.
The study was conducted by Rose Ricciardelli who is a assistant professor in the Sociology Department of the Memorial University in Newfoundland. She looked at how men perceive personal appearance at the moment, compared to how they used to some years ago and concluded that not only are men genuinely more interested in looking as best as possible nowadays, but they are also more open about talking about their hair related issues.
“It’s increasingly acceptable to have [hair] concerns and to discuss those concerns … it’s not emasculating anymore” pointed out Rose Ricciardelli.
This is quite an interesting aspect, because it heralds a significant shift in how people perceive masculinity and femininity in the direction of acceptance towards the fact that there are a great many aspects regarding a person that are neither exclusively masculine or feminine.
This shift in perception is clearly related to the recent advancements made in regards to accepting and truly acknowledging people that have a different type of sexuality. People now understand the differences between gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, which is an enormous step forward for out society.
Comprehending the diversity of human sexuality and the difference in behavior according to sexual preference helps people understand themselves as well and enables them to express themselves freely, by renouncing all the inhibitions imposed by an obsolete society.
The fact that men spend more time on their hair now shouldn’t be associated with the feminization of this generation’s men, because taking care of one’s hair was wrongfully associated with women only to begin with, from a gender defining point of view at least. If socioeconomic factors made this assumption acceptable centuries and years ago, at the moment most of these factors affect women just as much as they do men. Therefore, it should be associated with freedom of expression, because this is what it truly stands for.
Just to prove that perceptions have changed enormously, even in the past decades, it is noteworthy to mention that long hair, which used to be associated with rebels, is now quite a regular fashion choice among men that is not at all rare anymore and that no longer makes these long-haired men stand out.
Furthermore, facial hair has spurred its own fashion sector, because men are not expected to have a clean shave anymore so that their appearance be regarded as socially acceptable. If beards were regarded as a sign of poor hygiene or even poverty at some point and deemed unacceptable for certain occasions, they are now a perfect means of expressing elegance and a refined taste in fashion.
The fact that men take the time to perfect their hairdos and experiment with impeccably groomed facial hair is a sign that our generation is heading for a much brighter future, where people are free to be themselves and to explore the complexity of their personalities, without having to worry too much about sending out the wrong message to society.
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