As the brisk winds of November arrive, we find ourselves transitioning from the month dedicated to the protection of boobs to the month devoted to looking after the men’s prostates.
“No Shave November,” or “Movember,” as some call it, is a movement that began in 2003 and is dedicated to raising awareness of prostate cancer around the world. It was inspired by the success of October’s “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” which sees participation from high schools and colleges all the way to the NFL and NASCAR.
Instead of wearing girly colors like pink, in Movember we are asked to wear one thing which symbolizes men: a beard.
There are many looks you can go for with your facial hair, whether it be the Full Beard, the Chin Strap, the Chin Strip, the Balbo, the Door Knocker, the Goatee, the Wide Goatee, Five O’Clock Shadow, the Manicured Scruff, the Mutton Chops, the Soul Patch, the Manchu, A la Souvarov, the Petit Goatee, Old Dutch, Klingon, Handlebar, the Horseshoe, the Spade Beard, the Van Dyke, the Hulihee, the Zappa, French Fork, The Winnfield, the Daytona 500, the Ducktail, or whatever other look you can think up.
Even peach fuzz, chin whiskers, and pencil mustaches are completely accepted in No Shave November.
All that is asked of you is to shave one last time on Halloween, Oct. 31, and not shave again until Dec. 1.
November is already the busiest part of the semester, so why waste the time on shaving?! Just stow away the razors and use the time to do more productive activities, such as studying, cleaning, watching football, partying, or partaking in other important events and hobbies.
If your girlfriend asks you to shave, tell her you’re protecting your prostate! If your boss hates your new facial hair, ask him if he hates his testicles! If your professor says you’ll fail if you show up to class looking like Willie Robertson again, tell him the last thing you want to fail is your fierce concern for the health of men everywhere! After all, prostate cancer kills a greater percentage of men than breast cancer kills women, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Just look at all the successful men who have grown facial hair! George Clooney, star of the hit movie Gravity, is an avid grower of facial hair. The 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, had an incredible beard. The famous wrestler from Augusta, Hulk Hogan, won many heavyweight championships with a large mustache. World famous pirate Johnny Depp sailed the sea with facial hair. The 2013 AL winning Boston Red Sox made it to the World Series through the power of beards. The most popular show on TV, Duck Dynasty, has made millions by growing facial hair.
Even though we are having fun with growing facial hair, the topic of prostate cancer is nothing to laugh about. Many in their prime, between the ages of 20 and 39, are affected by prostate, testicular and penile cancers.
According to the American Cancer Society, over 240,000 men will be diagnosed this year. Of the 2.3 million men who suffer from prostate cancer, over 28,000 are expected to die from it in 2013 alone.
As you walk from class to class today, look around; 1 in every 6 guys you see will hear the words, “You have prostate cancer” during his life. One in 250 will hear, “You have testicular cancer.” This year, 1,570 new cases of penile cancer will be diagnosed.
So guys (and maybe ladies as well…) whether you grow it like ZZ Top or can barely grow it at all, the idea is still clear: Let’s raise awareness about the terrible disease so that one day we may be able to grow our beards in peace, without the fear of cancer.
And remember, if we weren’t supposed to have facial hair, why would it grow there?