Today I want to talk about something that has been bugging me lately.
My quest to grow the perfect ‘mo’ this Movember for Prostate Cancer research has been met by quite a few snickers, scowls, and insensitive comments – mostly by those of the female persuasion in the younger age bracket. I have been told by quite a few women (including my own sister) that facial hair on a man is gross, disgusting, and makes the wearer look like some kind of child molester or “perv.” I recently sent a picture of my Movember team to my sister, and she replied thusly:
“Hahaha. Ewwwww! Good job guys on the gross factor. Lol”
What illicits such a response? Why is it gross? What is the source of this aversion to body hair that seems to be the trend nowadays? Brazilians or Manzilians anyone? Perhaps another topic for another day.
The other worrying thing that I have noticed this year is that (at least in my group) Movember Membership has dropped significantly to just 4 people from 10. I even had one member (and co-captain last year) drop out because his new girlfriend wouldn’t let him grow a moustache. I’m sorry, but that is just ridiculous. It’s for charity for Pete’s sake!
What happened to the days when the mo was in fashion, when it was cool? Take Al Swearengen from Deadwood, for example. He’s a pretty cool dude, right? What about Magnum P.I. (Tom Selleck) or George Harrison?
I think women should be a little more sensitive and understanding when it comes to the mo – especially since facial hair is a secondary sex characteristic that (partly) distinguishes males from females (well, most of the time). Wouldn’t you think, then, that females would be attracted to men with facial hair? Isn’t it more “manly?” Don’t women like manly men?
There is no way that the high profile Breast Cancer movement would tolerate such discrimination, and, likewise men should not tolerate discrimination against Movember, moustaches, and Prostate Cancer research. Movember, those that participate, and prostate cancer survivors must receive the same dignity and respect that the Breast Cancer campaign currently enjoys.
So, the next time you see a guy with a mo, don’t automatically assume he’s a pervert. Instead, assume that he is an ordinary cool guy trying to make a difference in the world.