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Watch: Why Are Beards So Popular In The US?
By John Yong, 21 Mar 2017
Did you know 20% of men in the US have beards?
In the following video by Vox, it attempts to explain why beards are currently so popular among US men, and how it might actually be connected to trends in capitalism.
“You may think people grow beards because of their fashionability or warmth, but author and professor Stephen Mihm says there might be another reason. In a New York Times piece he makes the case that in Western countries, trends in beard popularity can be explained by economics by looking at trends in capitalism.”
“Throughout the 20th century many anti-capitalist movements adopted large, bushy, Karl Marx-like beards as signs of protest. Whenever these movements gained steam you saw a marked decrease in beard acceptance amongst wealthy and powerful American business leaders. But once these movements died down, CEOs and business tycoons often re-adopted beards to show their strength and rugged individuality.”
Watch the video below to learn more:
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