It has been amazing to be a part of the Movember project. If you haven’t realised it, there are hundreds of thousands of men out there growing face hair to raise awareness of male-related cancer, primarily prostate cancer. I have had a face full of fuzz for a month and, if I am honest, it is driving me bonkers; I could scratch my face off.
I hadn’t realised before now what an effect a beard could have. Movember really works. Either people ask me why my face is full of hair, face furniture, or fuzz, or they look at me, with a knowing look, and say “Movember?” I have my page on the Movemeber site and people have been donating money there, thanks for that. But the Movember guys have sent me a collection box that I can rattle under people’s noses, like the Sally Ally at the supermarket, that’s good, loads of dosh there.
Men, we need to make a change with our relationship with society. Many of the men that I work with are living in the outdated mode of the previous generation. It is about time that we renegotiated our relationship with society just as women did. We need men’s liberation.
Women are much better than men at acknowledging physical and emotional issues and checking out their bodies and their minds with their physicians. Consequently, women’s issues are often picked up much earlier than men’s. The women’s movement has been mightily proactive in recognising and dealing with all sorts of female issues. Back along, this was called “women’s liberation”.
Perhaps it is time for us men to renegotiate our relationship with all of society. Perhaps Movember is a part of this. Men’s issues have value, even if we are lousy at doing something about it. Men and emotions are important.
So Movember is over and I am free of facial hair………. until Movember 2012.
Take care, be happy