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Beards are a glorious and many-feathered thing. There are basically endless ways for men to look attractive with beards, whether it’s a Ryan Gosling bit of scruff or a rugged look a la Kit Harrington. But what about beards makes women go crazy (hint: it’s not the rug burn feeling of kissing them)?

Something about a beard makes people think of independent, adventurous, good-humored men. They’re strong and tough, hip and quirky, occasionally gross. Multiple studies have found that men with stubble are more attractive than those who are clean-shaven, and that full beards evoke maturity. We totally feel that. On Whisper, women weighed in on beards and why they make them feel the way they do. Enjoy!

Growing a beard requires fortitude

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They’re a huge turn-on

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Beards provide good date ideas

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Big beards hint at big, ahem, other things

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Beards are fun to kiss

They cover a multitude of flaws

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Beards allow us to embrace our inner felines

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But men have to back up their beard

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Ah, this rare species

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More bedtime fun

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Beards are just like foundation

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Beards imply trustworthiness

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Beards are just really really sexy

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There are oh-so-many ways to love a man with a little facial hair.