In addition to learning a bit more about beards, mustaches and mutton chops this morning, I’ve also done some research into the concept growing a beard in the month of November. It seemed foreign to me, but luckily the internet has a funny way of making once foreign concepts the topic of your next dinner party blab. As my bounce back to blogdom for the month of November, it seems only right that I give some love to the worthy cause known as No-Shave November.
The idea of No-Shave November or Movember or Noshember is credited to a group of 80 Australia bros (they actually call themselves Mo Bros) that decided on a faithful day in 1999 to “change the face of men’s health.” The basic idea is that men undergoing treatment for cancer, one of the pillar diseases the organization focuses on, almost always lose their hair, including the glorified facial variety. So by rocking some form of really sweet man scruff, the Mo Bros are showing a sign of their vigilance for their brothers undergoing treatment. This is easily the most justifiable reason I could have ever imagined for a man rocking a creepy moustache.
So here’s a big cheers to all the guys (and potentially women?) that are joining the fur frenzy for good reason this November. Be sure to remain conscience in the effort as the month progresses. There will surely be times when your best friend, mother, girlfriend or perhaps even a kind stranger insists that you shave the squirrel off of your face. Take the opportunity to turn their criticism of your grill into a speaking platform about an all too preventable illness. And while we're at it, let's hope that all women on the face of planet earth share the same sentiment as Minnie Pearl.
"Kissing a man with a beard is a lot like going to a picnic. You don't mind going through a little bush to get there!"