November is Movember
Dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, dressing up in pink clothing, wearing yellow wristbands — these are all campaigns propelled by social media to help raise awareness for different health concerns. Joining this list is Movember, also known as "No shave November," an annual health awareness campaign that takes place in the month of November. The campaign consists of males forgoing their razors and growing out their mustaches, but beards are welcomed, to raise awareness for men's health issues, such as mental health problems, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
The official Movember Foundation formed in 2003 in Australia and with the help of social media, it has grown to become a global cause. Men, or Mo Bros, shave their face clean at the beginning of the month and try their best to grow a lip sweater in order to get people talking about, and donating to, the cause. Women are also encouraged to participate by encouraging the males in their lives to join this effort.
The manscaping movement has made a significant impact through social media and pop culture. Celebrities, such as Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, and Zac Efron, have taken up the cause by growing out their staches. A Mo Bro even made a Frozen-inspired "Let It Grow" video to commemorate the month-long hiatus from shaving.
While a lot of people have fun with the Movember cause, detractors claim that it's just another gimmick for a slacktivist to partake in without making any real effort. But what's wrong with that? There were many critics of the viral Ice Bucket Challenge from this past summer, but that effort still raised over $100 million for ALS research. So if you see a furry-faced man, don't knock him down, he needs your support, especially if he's one of the unfortunate, patchy facial-haired fellas.