Courtesy of this article in the Billings Gazette, which might be one of the better things I've read this year.
Those who actually make their living in the woods see the humor in the lumbersexual fashion movement as well.
"We definitely roll our eyes and laugh it off, I mean most of those people have never run a chainsaw or put chains on a truck," said Josh Van Vlack, senior resource forester for the Wyoming Forestry Division. "The history of woodsmen wearing beards was protection from the elements. Now with all this necessity of maintenance, it's more work growing a beard than actually shaving."
The irony of the lumbersexual fashion movement is that many of today's foresters wear synthetic clothing rather than flannel, and use machinery to cut logs, said Eric Neal, forester with the Helena National Forest. Although entertaining, the psychology behind the movement makes sense, he added.
"The folks are usually well educated and probably lead fairly complicated lives," Neal said. "So to some degree they probably appreciate the simplicity. They may be celebrating the antithesis of themselves."
Fight, bearded men, fight! SOME BEARDS ARE SUPERIOR TO OTHER BEARDS! FORM GANGS ACCORDINGLY!
After the regional bellyaching, continue on for some solid beard care tips:
"I do use jojoba oil to make it look shiny and pretty, but that's only for special occasions," he said.
Actually, though, it all ends on a heartwarmingly positive note, despite the earlier jabs at "complicated" city people:
"It's something everyone has inside of them," Rasile said. "It's all about the individual, but if you're committed, your beard will thrive."
I'm committed, I am! Alas, I am a lady. :(