Beards are considered respectable in our area of the globe, no matter how they look. I give heaps of respect to my husband for attempting this cultural endeavor (twice!) and not looking half-bad! Because it didn't turn out full and swarthy like he had hoped, it has been shaven. Maybe next year he will give it another shot.
Ever since I have known Justin, he has had a great goatee. He has only shaved it twice in the 10+ years since we became best friends, dated and been married. I actually like facial hair, so when he shaved the goatee - I hardly recognized him.
This shaven face is easier to kiss, I had to mention!
Here are some picts from our dating days... we look so young!!