Movember, or douching it out for a month
I hate to be the party pooper, but movember is really unfair: women fighting against cancer shave their head; men, we're hard workers, we really go the extra distance, we grow a moustache.
Yes, unless you have been living under a rock, you should already know that all trendy hipsters and their corporate counterpart, the young professional, are committing the ultimate sacrifice this month: growing some facial hair.
And this newly acquired facial hair is a symbol of involvement, of commitment, of dedication to a cause dear to men's hearts, the fight against prostate cancer.
Or maybe it's all an elaborate plot, an excuse for men to finally grow some manly facial hair without being harassed. It's the perfect cover-up operation for making your baby-faced male friends jealous of the furriness and thickness of your lush facial hair. Or it's just the ultimate chance to impress our girlfriends with some testosterone grown machismo right on our faces.
Regardless of the ridiculousness of the whole movember movement, it does serve a very good and noble purpose, raise money for prostate cancer awareness and research. Still, I can't prevent myself from feeling a little stench of hypocrisy, while reading about people dying from Cholera in Haiti and not doing anything about it, right after I donated 40$ to the movember drive of a friend. Cancer is horrible, I have first hand experience with that, but it is the disease of the rich world. The poor world is facing numerous threats, much easier to stop, yet we don't spend a month raising money for that, money which will save countless more lives than the money spent on prostate cancer.
Well, it's just that every bar and pub you go to this month is invaded by movember activists. Every male has all of a sudden become the Supermen of men's health, all this while still getting drunk, still smoking and still dreaming of a sweet unprotected quickie with the hottie on the other side of the bar.
Movember is just a mass marketing ploy, and we men do it just because we want to fit in. Next time you see a friend with a moustache, be generous, but give a buck or two to a homeless person, give to a food bank or donate to the Red Cross. Make your money walk the extra distance (and keep on giving all year long).
PS: Photo credit Movember Foundation
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