An autumn chill is in the air, the trees are shedding their leaves and as we turn the calendar pages, it comes the time of year to celebrate that time-honored tradition: No-Shave November (or Movember, depending on who you ask).
Not sure if you readers know, but a single organization actually spearheaded the No-Shave November movement. Movember, a global charity founded in 2004, asks men each year to preserve their mustaches in November. This isn’t just for fun, explains the organization on their website, “through the power of the Mo, vital funds and awareness are raised to combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges.”
So! It’s not just for laughs, but for a great cause. Now, you may be asking yourself, Sarah, how would I even go about this whole no shaving situation? (Probably you are not thinking that, but bear with me). Let’s see – we’re coming in a few days late now, but here are the rules:
- Stop shaving immediately, effective November 1st, 2013.
- Your face will get itchy. Do not let this discourage you. It is the itch of success.
- Ignore the haters. Tell them about the good cause behind your scruff, or maybe just tell them to stop bugging you about your facial hair because don’t they have better things to do?
- Shave ONLY on December 1st, 2013. It is acceptable to leave the hair if it’s thick enough to shape into a recognizable and socially acceptable facial-hair arrangement.
5a. This rule is flexible with regard to the upcoming Thanksgiving break. If your nana is going to get mad about you being all hairy near the cranberry sauce, nobody will blame you for shaving before you head home.
But wait! There’s more! Ladies, are you feeling left out? Don’t! Movember has a women’s movement, too. You can read more about it on their site.
Let’s ditch the razors. I’m excited to see some hairy people at soiree.