Sunday, October 14, 2012

How Kuwait Lost It's Moustach

In the 80s, ALL Kuwaiti men had big moustaches (kind of like walruses).  If they didn't, it would be a disgrace; dude would be less of a man.  There was none of this manscaping stuff that came in the 90's; if you even suggested that a man trim his moustache, it was met with indignation, "What? I'm a MAN!"  To shave off ones moustach was almost sacreligious. You didn't discuss it for fear of insult. Wives begged their husbands just to trim the thing.  "Ana RIJAL!  Yeh!"   All men carried a little comb and the corners of their moustaches were constantly being played with.  Yeah, kind of gross, but honestly, it wasn't about the facial hair  itself, but what it stood for:  masculinity and pride.

Ghosts from my past
I miss those days.  All that bravado seems like ancient history.
How did Kuwait lose it's moustache?  How did everything become so metrosexual  up in here?

Don't get me wrong, every once in a blue moon you can still see a father or grandfather with an 80's moustach, but most of them are gone and have been replaced by the "dirty look" or the "secsooka" (goatie which my friends and I call the "sexy-sooka").  Some Kuwaiti men go for the completely bare look which to me personally is just too damn feminine.  Ick.  It would be like kissing another girl.  Ew.  I don't want to see your naked face!  Where is your PRIDE?  Int mu rijal?

So what happened?  When we lost the moustach, it seems like all that pride and machismo went right along with it.  Everything became wishy-washy and the lines kind of morphed together.  Where are those tough guys I used to know?  The same guys are still here (and were there all the time under the symbol of pride), but now it is gone.   Now they carry man purses..  For the love of God!  What has the country come to?


9 comments:

Dean Miah said...

The Turkish Influence may have had a lot to do with having a Moustach in Kuwait and most of MENA, bear in mind during the British rule of India there were officers who were paid an allowance to maintain there Moustache. An economic reason can also be that razors and shaving equipement are easily available to do the deed at home before going out.

Traveler said...

Hey, I am doing my part. I have a sexy-sooka and it is in a stunning chrome colour that matches my hair.

Traveler said...

You know, with all these men carrying murses they could easily carry along the implements needed to maintain a decent mustache.

Anonymous said...

when jaber died so did the yanni what is that - the padlock look? -
that is a cool look if well trimmed

Anonymous said...

So whats wrong with kissing a girl .... Get with it !!

Ali Albaghli said...

Maybe you already talked about this but lets not forget the men holding hands. I remember the first time I saw that...

Sara said...

Ok I was googling Spanx and found myself here, and LOL! This post and and the nov 2010 wedding post (which spanx led me to) had me in stitched!

Anonymous said...

have u ever considered giving up your american passport, married one of these people, and live here forever? there is a guy here at my work that also seems to want to be a race / nationality other than the one he was born as. really...

Desert Girl said...

Anonymous 10:13 - I would NEVER give up my American passport. Eeek. But marriage is not off the table.