World Beard Day is September 3
Here at the Straight Spouse Network, we thought folks might like to know that Saturday, September 3 is World Beard Day.
That’s right. World Beard Day. This is really a thing, around the world.
It’s a day to celebrate people’s beards, in all their variety and distinction. It’s a day to honor those who really grow a nice beard. Long beards. Curly beards. Braided beards. Beards shaved in a shape, in a design.
So we thought we’d take the opportunity to educate the general public about the difference between women and beards.
We have noticed that many of our gay husbands and their friends seem to think that we, the women they married, are their beards. At least, that’s what they call us. And that’s what their friends call us. And that’s what people who want to talk about the agony of a married man coming out of the closet and admitting he’s gay want to call us.
Yes. They call us beards. Any woman who a gay man hides behind to pretend he is straight is called a beard.
For some reason we do not fully understand, people think this is perfectly ok. Yes, the brave soul came out and his wife, the mother of his children was his beard for many years.
And it just doesn’t feel good for a woman to be called a beard. Especially when her feminine attributes are often unappreciated by her closeted husband.
So we wanted to clear up the confusion.
This is a woman.
This is a beard.
This is a bearded lady.
Some women have beards. Not many, but some do. And they are still women. And they are beautiful.
This is the famous poet, Walt Whitman.
He was gay and he had a beard. On his face. He did not have a wife or girlfriend.
Some women become wives. Wives are sexual beings in their own right. They are living human beings whose femininity and female sexuality should be respected and appreciated. They are not facial hair. They cannot just be shaved off your life. And when you try to get rid of them, and they reappear after you have cut them down, it’s not because they are stubble. It’s because they are human, with a human connection. And human emotions. And human resilience.
It really doesn’t feel nice for a woman whose femininity and female sexuality is not appreciated by her closeted gay husband to be called a beard. For a woman who strives to remain feminine and values her female sexuality, being called a beard is downright insulting. It is the negation of all that is feminine about her.
Beards on the other hand, are something that you grow on your face. They are a part of you. Some people grow them better than others. Some people should really never attempt to grow them. But for those who are gifted with a healthy bush of facial hair, there are so many creative things you can do with a beard. It’s part of you. It’s part of your facial expression. It’s part of your choice about your grooming and appearance.
But it’s not a woman. A beard is not a wife.
So on World Beard Day, we have one thought for you.
This is a wife.
This is a beard.
LEARN THE DIFFERENCE.
Oh and if you are gay and not out to your wife – yeah, do that. Grow your own beard if you must, but come out to your wife. We can help.
By Cathy Wos
Reading Can’t Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love by Kiri Blakeley sometimes reminded me of watching a horror film. I found myself yelling at the book, just like the screen, for the heroine to “Get Out While You Can!” “Stop, he’s out to hurt you!” and other such things that she obviously couldn’t see. I could see this so clearly because I’ve come out the other side of this pain, while she was still mired in the muck. Luckily, she has her sense of humor intact and her ability to tell it like it is.
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Family, friends and therapists will help them through this dark time. And the Straight Spouse Network. We are always here and understand. Because we’ve been there. And perhaps even done the same things.