Historian Sean Trainor talks about beards in the 19th century on the NPR show “Backstory” . The distinction between beards and “whiskers” is new to me. And I wonder too if the popularity of beards now has similar roots to the popularity of beards in the 19th century — a response to an increasingly effiminiate culture and an emphasis on equality that undermines mens’ sense of their unique masculinity.
Click here to find the episode. Listen to the whole show (“American Apparel: A History of Fashion”) or down below you can just listen to the segment on beards.