It’s that time of the year again when guys ditch the razor for an entire month to become brutish and manly! Aristotle once said “…no man can be trusted if he is without a beard.” While the roots of this Mo-vement can be traced back to the times of Plato, social media today has warped the intention of the campaign beyond recognition. Did you know the campaign was originally started to raise awareness about prostate cancer? There is a lot more than meets the eye so we dug up some facts for you.
1. Karl Marx used beards as a tool for rebellion
Large scale industries and factories don’t allow workers to grow beards because of the risks of hair getting entangled in machinery. In order to rebel against capitalist industrialists, Karl Marx encourage factory workers to grow their beards in direct violation of the rules.
2. Women can take part as well
The intention of the campaign is to have men grow their beards or moustaches in order to raise awareness about cancer. There is a website where men from around the globe can register before letting their facial hair grow and becoming ‘mo-bros’ or ‘moustache-bros’. Women can also join the cause and stay away from shaving or waxing for the entire month of November thereby earning the title ‘mo-sistas’.
3. The length of your beard has nothing to do with your manliness
Studies have shown that the length of facial hair has no relation to the ‘manliness’. Tests done on multiple subjects showed that testosterone levels varied from one man to another regardless of the length of their beards. So next time you see a guy with a cool beard, be sure to challenge him to a good old-fashioned hand wrestling match.
4. Movember started in Melbourne, Australia in 1999
The campaign called ‘Movember’ was started in Melbourne, Australia in 1999. A group of men decided to grow their moustaches in order to raise awareness about prostate cancer. The campaign has grown over the years and has its own website today.
5. There is a pageant International Man of Movember
Believe it or not but there is indeed an International Man of Movember every year. The winner is chosen from among 21 finalists and he becomes the face of the Movember campaign for an entire year. The first-ever winner was Mark Knight of London back in 2010.
Now that you are enlightened, go forth and spread the word about ‘No Shave Movember’. Tell everyone the truth behind the statement ‘Moustache maketh man’.
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