You often hear people say that the world has gone mad. Or that everyone is too politically correct these days.
This happens much too often in my opinion. One such example is explained in this article by Meninist, which was brought to my attention recently. The post explains how certain people are criticising fantastic causes such as Movember and No Shave November.
If you’ve ever shown any interest in growing a beard or any other type of facial hair, you will more than likely have heard of them.
For those who haven’t however, here is a brief description of the two.
Movember started in Australia in 2003, by two mates who were just chatting and having a drink in a bar.
Men are encouraged to grow a moustache during November as a way to raise money and awareness of projects and programs related to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s mental health issues.
Just some of their outstanding achievements include:
- Funding over 1200 men’s health projects.
- Funding a three-part series ‘Man Up’, for the Australian television network, ABC. The program tackles gender stereotypes, the pressures of manhood, and most importantly why so many men are driven to suicide. 640,000 people tune in for each episode.
- Raising £443 million since 2003.
- 5,348,726 Mo Bros (Men) and Mo Sistas (Women) since 2003 (and counting)
No Shave November
No-Shave November has been a tradition for many years, but it wasn’t until the autumn of 2009 that members of the Chicagoland Hill family decided to use it as a means to raise money for charity.
It is a project that has held special meaning to the eight Hill children after their father, Matthew Hill, passed away from colon cancer in November 2007.
No Shave November encourages men to grow their beard throughout November and donate the money they have saved on shaving products to projects that educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.
To date, they have raised over $2 million dollars and have over 300,000 Facebook page likes, who are helping to spread the word about the great work that they’re doing.
The disgraceful criticism
Now that you know what these two great causes stand for, I am now going to respond to each of the criticisms mentioned in the Meninist article. In short though, it’s a fucking disgrace!
Movember is just a campaign to celebrate masculinity
It’s statements like this that make me think that people take life too seriously sometimes.
The main thrust of their argument is the fact that men who take part are solely doing it to show off their facial hair growing potential.
This is of course bollocks. I know a number of people who have taken part in Movember with only two things in mind – raise awareness and money for a great cause.
If you do a quick search of the hashtag #movember on Twitter, there are numerous examples of people who don’t even mention their moustache or facial hair.
Take Norm Kelly for example. All he does is mention that he is wearing a pin to bring awareness about men’s health. You can’t accuse him of treating this important cause as a ‘pissing contest between bros about who can grow the most facial hair to prove their manliness,’ as one commentator was quoted as saying.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) November 2, 2017
Obviously there are also a lot of people who are showing off their beard growing results. But seriously though, why is that such a surprise? For some, growing a moustache or beard is a novelty so naturally they will want to show friends and family how different they look.
But more importantly, regularly sharing their progress increases awareness around the cause and encourages more people to donate. How can that possibly be a bad thing?!
Females are unfairly excluded
I’m not sure where to start with this. It is seriously hard for me to get my head around it!
A lady called Jessica Bansbach said: “When women join No-Shave, they are often met with disgust from the people in their lives, males and females alike. Society views male body hair as natural—but the same cannot be said of women.”
Now I agree with her in one sense. It is sad that we live in a society where people abuse women for choosing to grow their body hair. This is clearly an important issue.
But the whole point of No Shave November and Movember is to focus on male health issues. Issues which before these two great causes came along were not being discussed enough in the mainstream media. Discussing female issues, although equally as important, do not belong in the same conversation.
As you might be aware, there are already female-only charity events – such as Race for Life. I think it is fantastic and does amazing work in raising money for cancer research and celebrating those brave women who have successfully battled the disease. I salute you all!
So what would happen if men started complaining that they’re being excluded? Would they be right to do that?
Of course they bloody wouldn’t! It is just as important that women have events that focus on health issues that are specifically related to them. With the great work they’re doing, it would be disgraceful to try and turn it into a bad thing.
Saying all that, if any ladies do want to be a part of Movember, they actually can! Take Jess from CUPE 1764 Paramedics. Instead of complaining that she can’t grow her bodily hair, she is actively contributing to the cause in her own way. Fantastic work!
— DurhamParamedicsCUPE (@RDParamedics) November 5, 2017
So that’s my rant over. With all of the money raised and their continued contribution to raising money and awareness of men’s health issues, I find it incredibly hard to see why anyone would want to complain about Movember and No Shave November.