I fucking hate 'Movember'.
Its a troll-ish thing to say, and on face value [boom!] it sounds quite harsh, because if you're ever critical of a person's method of raising money or awareness of an issue, you sir, are the cunt de rigeur.
My problem is with Movember is my lack of ability to articulate what it is about Movember that irritates me so. I suppose on one level, its the cloying whimsy. It feels like a ker-razy student prank. But on a more gentlemanly level, I take beards and moustaches seriously. I don't think growing one should be a 'thing' - least of all a humorous one. When I see a good moustache or beard, I think "There's a chap who's spent a bit of time on that. He may or may not care or know that his individual style is du jour. God speed that Gent".
What spurred me to write this, somewhat later than initially planned, was that I made a decision to go for some mutton chops for no other reason than sometimes its good to see what something looks like. Now, circumstances involving illness have transpired which has delayed this project somewhat, however early in the mutton days, I was confronted on no fewer than 6 occasions where people have pointed (fine), smiled (fine) and then said "Cool - is that for Movember?" (cue blinding fucking rage). "No" the more-witty narrative-in-my-head version-of-conversations-past version of me thinks/says, "ITS A FUCKING BEARD GROWN BECAUSE I CAN GROW A FUCKING BEARD. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO BE A WHIMSICAL CHARITY EVENT".
Also, why should blokes care about testicular cancer exclusively? Its like the fun runs for breast cancer only involving women. Sure, you can get involved, but it seems to be part of a greater process of compartmentalising illnesses into "Will it affect me? Yeah? I'd better do a fucking run then" or "Fuck cervical cancer, I'm all man, me". We all know people, and consequently, we could ALL be affected by any illness. Having a relative die of one will not spure me into favouring that terminal disease over another when it comes to fundraising.
I'm off to shave anyway.