If you have been hanging around Anythinggoes.com lately, you know how much we love Mustaches. Doesn’t everyone? Apparently not. Canadian Ralph Haddad at McGillDaily.com refers to Movember as “what once started out as a harmless campaign has become sexist, racist, transphobic, and misinformed.” Really? Are we that desperate to find something to write about that we have to turn a fun way to bring awareness of prostate cancer to a “generation of men that don’t need no Dr’s” into something ugly? (shout out to my grandpa for letting me us that quote).
So let me break this down for you so you don’t waste your time reading the article (you can’t get that time back). Below are Haddad’s reasons for the sexist, racist, and transphobic meanings behind Movember.
“To be completely clear, you don’t have to be a man to have a prostate, and you don’t have to have a prostate to be a man,”
Movember “implies an archaic view of gender that implies that only a male/female gender binary exists, and that you aren’t really a man if you don’t necessarily identify with that binary.”
“How are people who do not identify with that binary and have a prostate supposed to partake in this cause?”
“Black males are also twice as likely to develop, and die with or from, prostate cancer than white males. This begs the question: who are all these white cisgender men fundraising and growing moustaches for?”
“Movember is also sexist. Cisgender women, called “Mo Sistas,” are encouraged to help their “Mo Bros” raise money during November, but god forbid these women try to let their own body or facial hair grow in support of this campaign.”
So let’s get real here for a second. White men without breasts also partake in fund raising for breast cancer, don’t they? What about people who don’t have children, do they ever raise money for childhood obesity or for March of Dimes, or juvenile diabetes? Or do they all go around saying, “I can’t grow breasts” or “I don’t have kids” or “I can process sugar just fine with my liver so I’m not going to partake in your fundraising efforts” for those diseases?
I don’t know Mr. Haddad, nor do I care to, but I always think that people who are so fast to jump on the “this is sexist” and “this is racist” bandwagons might need to look at their own actions first. There are actually some genuinely nice people left in this world who want to do things to help bring awareness to diseases that they do not have. Just because a man can grow a mustache and a woman or transgender or child cannot, does not mean that the men who are participating are racist, sexist, or transphobic. It just means they care about bringing awareness to prostate cancer.
What are your thoughts? Should men stop participating in Movember just because everyone who cares about prostate cancer awareness cannot participate? Should everyone stop doing the Koman 3 day walk for breast cancer because some veterans lost their legs in the war and cannot walk? Are breast cancer supporters and Susan G. Koman anti-veterans?