What is the one thing a woman cannot do better than a man?
That’s easy: Grow A Beard.
I mean, there ought to be at least one thing.
In fact, a man, at his useless-worst still manages to pull it off.
He may even do it best when shipwrecked, or lost, or unemployed.
My facial hair has no plan to it, if you want to know the truth.
I’m just lazy about shaving it.
I cultivate this beard not for the usual given reasons of skin trouble or pain of shaving, nor for the secret purpose of covering a weak chin, but as pure unblushing decoration, much as a peacock finds pleasure in his tail. And finally, in our time a beard is the one thing a woman cannot do better than a man, or if she can her success is assured only in a circus.
-John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley In Search Of America