When I see a nice thick beard on a man I envision him chopping wood and making me a coffee table that we then make passionate love on.
Maybe your fantasy is not as precise but I don't think many people would disagree that a beard speaks of manliness.
Is it a deep seated want in our DNA for a strong hunter or just my wish that a guy could fix my problems as well as he can fix my car.
If beards go out of style is that how we will tell the "true men"?
I've honestly contemplated going around and when a see a man with a great beard, ask him questions like "can you build a house?" "Do you own flannels?" and if they answer no, pull their beard card and make them shave it right then and there.