Why do none of my friends have a mustache? I’d say a lot of it has to do with the fact that most of my friends are within 5 years of my age, meaning that I don’t know any 24 to 34 year olds who are mustachioed. The mustache could quite possibly be a dying tradition, with the exception of cops.
Recently I saw an independent movie called Margot at the Wedding, starring Nicole Kidman and Jewish comedian Jack Black. For the first 30 minutes of the movie, Jack Black has a mustache. During that time, he apologetically explains to everyone that he recently had a beard but while he was shaving it off he thought it would be funny to just keep a mustache. But eventually he shaves it because he doesn’t feel like he can be taken seriously by anyone.
Can a man under the age of, let’s say, 40 years old be taken seriously if he has a mustache?
Yes. But there are definite rules to making it work:
1) Be a cop, as previously mentioned. It just sort of goes with the job. In fact, I don’t think I could take a cop seriously UNLESS he has a mustache.
2) Be an African American man. I’ve never seen an African American man who didn’t look good with a mustache. Will Smith is the epitome. In fact, I remember on the show Scrubs when Donald Faison shaved his mustache, it bothered me. Heck, African American men can even pull off the even riskier goatee without exception. (See Chris Rock and/or Darius Rucker.)
It’s no coincidence that in the sitcom My Name is Earl that Earl Hickey had a mustache. He was a white guy under 40 who was a loveable idiot. To enhance his character trait of being out of touch of social expectations, he had to have a mustache.
What’s really interesting is that in a recent study, it was discovered that mustachioed men earn 8% per more money that bearded men, and 4% more than clean shaven men. Not only that, but men with mustaches are more likely to hired during a job interview.
So does that mean that I am being discriminated against by my own society? A culture that refuses to take seriously white men with mustaches under 40? Am I simply at a disadvantage until 11 years from now when I become of age?
I am missing out on a 4% to 8% salary increase over this. Maybe it’s worth a shot to at least try.
(Looks to stage left, rubs chin for dramatic effect, then begins to plot a bad idea…)
Click here to see what happened next: Operation: Mustache (A Social Experiment)
And one more thing… Now that you’ve read my take on mustaches, why not read my perspective on being a dad? That’s right- parenting from a dad’s point of view. I have been documenting my thoughts as a dad since the week we found out my wife was pregnant. I formally invite you now to read my “dad blog” by clicking on the link below: