Activist Monday: Miffed About Movember
Posted November 2, 2015on:
Good Monday, all! As unbelievable as it seems, it’s November, and this means, at least for me, that my work inbox begins to fill up with exhortations to support the fight to improve men’s health by…growing a moustache. Here’s some sample text:
Movember is a fundraising movement working towards improving men’s health.
The prime way to participate is to grow a moustache, starting today (Nov 1), with judging on Nov 30.
But you don’t HAVE to grow facial hair to participate! There’s a movement challenge too. And we need the help and support of our mo-sisters.
Please read all about Movember here: https://us.movember.com/?home and then sign up!
While I am more than willing to help my fellow humans obtain and maintain good health, I admit that this particular call to action makes me slightly…miffed.
After all, it’s not as though growing a ‘stache is a viable option for yours truly. And frankly, it doesn’t make me feel good that my male colleagues tell me that there is a “movement challenge” too. If you look at the site, you’ll see there is one, very masculinely-dressed, woman depicted in the Movement area…and the “challenge” amounts to “moving” every day. “No movement is too small [for you laydeez, it’s implied]!” So all we weak “mo-sistahs” have to do to participate, is commit to move once a day. You know, like every single human does? Every day? Not just in November?
It just strikes me strangely. It seems like the idea is that for those of you too, well, genetically disadvantaged to participate in the REAL fun, don’tcha know…we men will give you a tiny little concession and let you pretend you’re helping. There. Don’t you whiners feel better? Now, back to demonstrating my masculine superiority – er, commitment to my health – by growing facial hair!!
I mean, what if we wimminz demanded that men did something they physically couldn’t do in order to support our fight against breast cancer? Like, oh I dunno, document the length of their menstrual cycles or something? No, that doesn’t make any sense…but neither does asking men to stop shaving to improve their health. What benefits does that have? Preventing the tragedy of razor burn?
November is a great month. The World Series, Football, Thanksgiving, and at least this year, spectacular fall foliage in the East. I would love to see it also be known for activism to promote men’s health which doesn’t belittle and exclude women. Ah well….maybe next year.
This is an open thread.
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