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beardlessness

traditional representation of innocence and inexperience. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 190]
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The eighteenth century was an unusual period according to Richard Corson because it was 'one of the few times that almost total beardlessness was ever practiced' in Europe (1971: 302).
Despite its abject association with the mukhannas, beardlessness increasingly served to demarcate the public presentation of men of modernity against their backward religious-minded bearded folks.
Paulina Brandreth, a granddaughter, was a fabled Adirondack iconoclast who dressed as a man and who in photographs barely differs from her wilderness guide, Reuben Cary, except for her beardlessness.