Playing with words



To fuzz or not to fuzz?

Is there a beard boom in Japan!? This was hardly what I expected to see when Yahoo! loaded up this morning. But I needed a bit of fluff after translating myself into a stupor with toxicology reports.

So do you sport any fuzz?

So do you sport any fuzz?

ヒゲは女性から嫌われる!?
「20代OLの70%がヒゲが許せない!」って本当ですか?

   会社でヒゲが容認されるかどうかも大切だが、男としてヒゲが女性からどのように見られているかも気になるところだ。女性OLに聞いたアンケートでは、社内でヒゲを許すと答えたのは、約3割と少数派。7割が認められないとのこと。
   許せない理由の一位は“社会的常識がなく見えるから”二位“不潔だから”三位“だらしないから”。逆に、許せる理由の一位は“個人の自由だから”二位は“似合っているから”三位は“個性があるから”となっている。
   さらに突っ込んだ質問に女性はどう答えるのか? ヒゲの手入れをしている男性の印象という質問。一位が“オシャレ”二位が“成熟した大人”三位は、“落ち着いている”以下“男らしい”“ワイルド”“セクシー”などと続く。また男性のヒゲのそり残しが気になる部位という質問では、“あご下”“ほお”“あご”と答え、女性はヒゲをよく見ていることがわかる。やはりヒゲを生やすなら、何よりも手入れこそ大切なようだ。

Retrieved from the Yahoo! Weekly on 23 February

ヒゲ beard, facial hair
女性 【じょせい】 woman, female
嫌う 【きらう】 to hate, to dislike (passive form)
代 【だい】 generation (in this case, 20’s)
OL【オーエル】OL or office lady (to be politically correct, female office workers)
許す 【ゆるす】 to allow or to approve
本当 【ほんとう】 true, reality
会社で 【かいしゃで】 at work, at the office
容認する【ようにんする】 to accept (passive form)
かどうか whether or not
大切 【たいせつ】 important, valuable
男 【おとこ】 man
としてas (for), in the role of
どのよう how
見る 【みる】 to see, to look at (passive)
気になる 【きになる】 to be on one’s mind, to care about, to be bothered by
ところ at the point of, about to
アンケート questionnaire, survey (from the French enquete);
社内で 【しゃないで】 in the office
答える 【こたえる】 to answer or reply
約 【やく】 approximately
割 【わり】 unit of 10%
と in this case, “as” or “at” (see translation)
少数派 【しょうすうは】 minority
認める 【みとめる】to recognize, to approve
とのこと = ということ that means, that is to say
理由 【りゆう】 reason
位 【い】 place (as in first, second, third…)
社会的 【しゃかいてき】 social
常識 【じょうしき】 common sense, social etiquette
見える 【みえる】 to seem or to appear
不潔 【ふけつ】unclean, dirty, impure
だらしない slovenly (also, slutty)
逆に 【ぎゃくに】 on the opposite side, conversely
個人の自由 【こじんのじゆう】 individual freedom
だからso, because, therefore
似合う 【にあう】 to suit, to become
個性がある 【こせいがある】 to have individuality or have character
さらに further, moreover, again
突っ込む 【つっこむ】 to thrust something into something, to go into deeply, to meddle
質問 【しつもん】 question, inquiry
手入れ 【ていれ】 tending, grooming, maintenance
印象 【いんしょう】 impression
オシャレ stylish, fashionable
成熟した大人 【せいじゅくしたおとな】 a mature adult, a real adult
落ち着く 【おちつく】 to calm down; to settle down or be steady
以下 in this case, below or followed by
男らしい 【おとこらしい】 manly
ワイルド wild
セクシー sexy
続く 【つづく】 to continue or go on
そり残し 【ざん】 stubble, missed a spot
部位 【ぶい】 part (of the body)
あご下 【あごした】 under the chin or jaw
ほお cheeks
あご chin or jaw
やはり as I thought, still, after all
ひげを生やす 【ひげをはやす】 to grow a beard
何よりも 【なによりも】 more than anything; above all else
こそ
ようだ seems to be, appears to be

直訳 (literal translation)
Beards hated by women!?
Is it true that 70% of OL’s in their 20’s find beards unacceptable?

   It is important to think of whether facial hair is accepted or not at your office, but we’ve also come to the point as men that we’re concerned about how facial hair is seen by women. In a survey of female OL’s [tn: is there any other kind?!], the number who answered that beards were okay at work was a minority at around 30%. In other words, 70% would not accept it.
   The number one reason for why they wouldn’t accept it was “it looks like they don’t have an common sense for society,” number two was “because it’s dirty,” and number three was “because it looks slovenly.” On the opposite side, the number one reason for accepting it was “because it’s a personal freedom,” number two was “because it suits them,” and number three turned out to be “because it shows individuality.”
   How did women respond to even further questioning? In response to the question of their impression of men who trim their facial hair: number one was “stylish,” number two was “a mature adult,” number three was “steady,” and then it continued down into “manly,” “wild,” “sexy” and so on. Also, in a question about where they notice that a man has missed a spot while shaving, they answered “under the chin,” “on the cheeks,” and “along the jaw,” from which we can gather that women really look at facial hair. If you are going to grow a beard, it seems that proper grooming is the most important thing after all.

意訳 (slightly more liberal translation)
Women hate beards!?
Do 70% of OL’s in their 20’s really find facial hair unacceptable?

   Of course it is important to think first of whether facial hair is accepted or not at your workplace, but we’ve also come to the point as men that we worry about how our facial hair is seen by the women around us. In a survey of female office workers, the number who answered that beards were okay at work was a clear minority at only 30%. In short, 70% of women don’t want to see your stubble.
   The number one reason for why women wouldn’t accept facial hair was that men who have beards “look like they don’t have any common sense for society.” The number two reason was “because it’s dirty,” and number three was “because it looks slovenly.” On the opposite side, the number one reason for being accepting of facial hair was “because it’s a personal freedom.” Number two was “because it looks good,” and number three turned out to be “because it shows individuality.”
   How did women respond to our other questions? We asked what their impression was of men who trimmed their facial hair and the number one answer was “stylish.” Number two was “a real adult,” number three was “steady,” and it continued on with “manly,” “wild,” “sexy,” and so on. Also, when we asked where they notice that a man has missed a spot while shaving, they answered “under the chin,” “on the cheeks,” and “along the jaw,” from which we can gather that women really do notice facial hair. So if you are thinking of growing a beard, it looks like proper grooming is the most important thing of all.


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