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Movember or No Shave November

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This November while a lot of men pick up the razor and make a choice ‘To shave or not to shave’, we decided to skim a little deeper.

Over ages, shaving cream and razor companies have sold men the clean shaven look. ‘Keep it smooth because the women love it’. It’s definitely more comfortable for the men (and for their women). And also clean shaven is more presentable, at least that’s the perception.

Then why choose the beard/stubble/moustache? It’s a sign of rebellion and macho-ism. It also offers a chance for male bonding like say the bearded guys are a clan and the moustache guys are another. And yes a lot of women find facial hair on their men attractive.

In this already lopsided debate, when you throw in Movember or No Shave November what happens. Movember was stared by the Movember Foundation based in the U.S. in Aid of Raising Awareness for Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer for Men.

And No Shave November was started by a web-based, non-profit organization to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

We asked a few men – Shave or no Shave this November? While a few men seemed excited, many others felt the beard/moustache would be uncomfortable. Some also felt that if you meet someone for the first time this month, you don’t want to ruin your first impression.

Interestingly most of them saw no real connection between the cause and the activity, particularly here in India. But then what was the real connection between the Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS?

It’s an activity to generate interest and support for the cause. But the flipside of such challenges is the trend could outgrow the cause and become just a gimmick.


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