No Shave November- Gone Too Far?

No Shave November- Gone Too Far?

No Shave November- Gone Too Far?

-By Deshna Mohanty

As the name says, "No Shave November" refers to not shaving off the facial hair for the entire month of November each year. It was initially started in Chicago back in 2009 in order to raise funds for charity, for those suffering from cancer. Basically, the money spent on grooming, buying the razor, buying the gel and buying the beard oil among others would be instead given to charity. Most men are known to have shown the growth of their unshaved beard on social media by the tag, "#noshavenovember" and keeping posting about their updates regularly for the entire month. On short, the bigger or denser the beard, the better.

Another movement started at about the same time goes by the name "Movember" where "mo" comes from mustache and "vember" from the month of November. It has the same concept, except that it emphasizes that men must not groom their beards and donate instead to charity to celebrate the life of cancer patients that lose hair in their battle to cancer. I recently read an article, where a famous razor brand asks women to be a part of the Movember moment by not shaving or waxing their "mustaches" and instead embrace them in order to flag off their support for "Movember" without being shy of their facial hair.

A video was released by the company that went viral, and it shows how models with facial hair are grooming it, applying mascara, brow gel and donning a bright lipstick to get the prime focus on to their mustaches. Isn't it ironic that women are compelled to wax and shave off their facial and body hair in order to be accepted by society, but are now encouraged to sport on that same facial and body hair to create awareness? Awareness is not something that is month specific, neither is charity. Awareness can be spread at any point in a year, and money as well can be donated any day. We don't need specific months for it. At least not in a world where women are supposed to celebrate their otherwise unwelcome facial hair.