Look at the word “beard”.
Then look at the word “bear”.
Can you see the similarity? By some small coincidence, the words overlap substantially:
In The Age, May 6, 2012, “Thar she grows! A city awash with urban whalers“, Gary Tippet repeatedly states that hipsters have lead the way in the return of facial hair:
“The look is not just fashion-based. It’s part of the hipster subculture…”
“Adelaide band The Beards … – evoke hipster and even lumberjack in equal measure.”
“At the epicentre of Melbourne hipsterdom, facial fuzz has resprouted as a fashion statement…”
This paints a rather awkward picture of beards as having been on life support until fixie riding counter-trendies, all uniformly unique in their anti-mainstream approach to life, decided that Beards Are Good [tm].
I think Gary needs to do a bit of research on the first four letters of the word “beard”. If beards are part of the hipster subculture, then it just goes to show that hipsters are in themselves conformists to fashion. Fashion set by bears and the bear community.
Throughout all the sad metrosexual 00’s, where men were emasculated, denied facial hair, and had to ask their women-folk if they could take their balls out of their wives or girlfriend’s purses to scratch them, the bear community stood strong and denied that path. Furry men standing on a path and shouting in one voice, “This far, and no further!” to the Balrog Preeners who would strip facial hair (and body hair) from every man they could.
Don’t thank the hipsters for the return of the beard.
Thank the bear community for providing a sanctuary for it until society recovered from its collective madness.