It’s that time of the year again. The air is cooler. Festive decorations are starting to appear. And everywhere you look, upper lips are gloriously unshaven. Yes, it’s Movember— a time when we all come together to sport or support a little extra facial hair in the name of men’s health. Here at ShareFile, team Citrix Sharestache has been hard at work raising more than $2,500 so far for men’s health programs surrounding prostate and testicular cancer. Their efforts are both inspiring and hilarious—or hilariously creepy in some cases.
This month is all about changing the face of men’s health, and since I cannot grow a Mo of my own to help out, I thought I’d offer the female perspective on Movember, and why this month—or the last two weeks of it—is awesome. Let’s be honest. The first two weeks of pre-stache, patchy facial hair is just disturbing across the board.
Let’s start with the styles—the Fu Manchu, the Dali, the handlebar, the pencil, the mutton chops and the regular ol’ Mo. The style you choose depends on your approach, your capabilities and maybe your dedication to weirding out your coworkers and friends for 30 days. In my life, the handlebar is king for the man of the house, so much so in fact that he let it stick around until June of this year. Eight months and nearly three inches of moustache later, Movember was still going strong. This year, if it’s going to be a multi-month Movember at my house, I’m hoping for at least a Dali or a Fu Manchu just for a little extra flare and pizazz. We’ll see.
No matter what style you choose though, thank you to all of the gentlemen participarting for rocking your moustaches and probably enduring the ridicule of friends to help Movember.
Now on to the less fun part. Why do we support Movember? One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime, and testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males between the ages of 15 and 35. Men are also 24 percent less likely than women to go to the doctor in general, so Movember is a fun way to raise awareness and start an open conversation about men’s health. Also, if I haven’t driven this point home yet, moustaches are just awesome.
Want to help team Sharestache this year? Visit their Movember page to donate to the team or directly to one of our team members.