Are men with beards more attractive? WSU lecturer says yes

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, senior lecturer at Wright State University.
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Christopher Oldstone-Moore, senior lecturer at Wright State University.

A Wright State University lecturer was recently featured in The New York Times for his knowledge of beards.

Christopher Oldstone-Moore, a WSU senior lecturer, authored a book in 2015 called “Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair.”

The Times spoke to Oldstone-Moore for a story about whether men with facial hair are considered more desirable.

The article was based on a study from the University of Queensland in Australia that found women said men with some stubble were more attractive than clean-shaven men or men with full beards, according to The Times.

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Oldstone-Moore told the paper that historical context has more to do with the popularity of beards than biology.

There’s a notion that beards signal maturity, confidence and reliability in men, Oldstone-Moore, said. As the concept of masculinity changes, “facial hairstyles change to suit,” he told The Times.

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