It really pisses me off. Movember raises a massive amount of money each year for research into a serious problem that affects all men, culturally mustachioed or not, not to mention generally raising awareness about something men are normally reticent to talk about.
To claim that it's culturally insensitive or even racist is insane and hypocritical. If Indian, Kurdish or Mexican men were to have a month of shaving off their moustaches for charity, would it be insensitive to (white) normally clean shaved men? No. Also, why is our cultural standpoint on moustaches not relevant? They're unfashionable, that's all. Fashion is fickle at the best of times. Would using tartan, or Indian or Mexican or Kurdish inspired patterns (that often have religious or deep cultural meaning) for clothing be culturally insensitive to Scottish or Indian or Kurdish or Mexican heritage? No. Not at all. In fact, Movember is gaining enough traction that moustaches may well become fashionable again! It'll only take a couple of pretentious fashion shows, then imbeciles who need to be told how to look and what to wear the world over will start sporting them.
And the notion that it's sexist is just as equally as insultingly stupid, not least to women. I know plenty of women who've run Race for Life in aid of breast cancer research and awareness (and look at the good that's done), and not many men. Yes, growing a moustache is sexually exclusive. So's lactating. That's not sexist, is it? Plenty of women help out and support Movember participants, making their contribution just as equal as any man's who runs a Race for Life.
Movember is a way to get people talking about a good thing, in a fun way. Anyone who can manage to turn it into a cultural or sexist affront is simply losing their grip.
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