The Latin word imberbis came to Castilian as callow. It is an adjective that is used to qualify who still does not grow beard.
According to this definition, kids, the teenagers and the youths that, for development reasons, do not have beards, they are beardless. The concept is also used symbolically to refer to the one who it lacks experience.
For instance: “I just saw a beardless man painting a monument with a spray can”, “Three beardless tried to explain to me how I have to develop my work”, “We need someone trained to lead the company, not just any beardless”.
The idea of beardless usually appears in chronicles and journalistic narratives to name young individuals. Many times it allows to emphasize that youth, especially if the subjects in question achieve achievements that are associated with older people.
Take the case of a 17-year-old soccer player who, in the final of a tournament, scores three goals and gives victory to his team. All his teammates and rivals are older, that is why the journalists’ notes highlight that a beardless man was decisive in the processing of the play and surprised by making a difference.
Human beings live subjected to a large number of social impositions, most of which we do not consciously perceive even though they accompany us and condition us on a daily basis. It normal is that male individuals are instilled the need to exhibit their physical strength and female, their sweetness, among other qualities. They teach us that “the man must protect the woman”, among other things that little by little are left in the chest of prehistory.
Although all races do not have the same physical characteristics, men tend to have much more hair than women. This is considered a symbol of manhood; that is, the more body hair, the more masculinity. What about the rest of the men? Technically we have the term hairless to describe both this situation and the lack of a beard in an adult. However, if we resort to callowIt can take on the character of an insult, precisely because the recipient remembers that it does not meet the expectations of society.
However, the pressures do not begin in adulthood, but invade us from the womb itself. Families that buy light blue or pink clothes for their newborn babies, depending on whether they are male or female, respectively, take the first step towards machismo even before their child can open his eyes. Thus, a male As a few years old, he feels the pressure to become a man, something that typical “boy” toys also feed, such as a soccer ball, strollers and soldiers.
This brings us once more to the term in question: if a teenager is called beardless, it will probably bother him because he feels the weight of not yet being a man, that goal that was so forcefully imposed on him at birth. Also, you may be afraid of never getting it, as, as mentioned in a previous paragraph, not everyone has the same amount of hair facial.
In Argentina, the term is associated with a historical episode. In a speech delivered by the May 1, 1974 on the May Plaza, President Juan Domingo Peron rated as “Beardless” to the members of the group Montoneros, who chanted slogans with claims towards the political leader. Finally the members of Montoneros they left the square while Peron He kept talking from the balcony of the Goverment house.