Monday, November 1, 2010


So, November is also known by many as Movember or no-shave November.  To many people who participate in it, this is just an excuse to grow a caveman-style beard and piss of their significant others, but some people have actually taken this idea and turned it to a good cause!  The basic premise being, grow a mustache, raise awareness of men's health issue, and raise money for (if you're in the US) Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Yes, mustaches have about as much in common with prostate cancer as pink ribbons do with breast cancer, and if you know me, you probably know that I'm not a huge fan of the commercialization of disease.  Still, we don't do a lot of talking about men's health issues or prostate cancer, and while prostate cancer isn't one of the deadliest of cancers, it does do a lot to harm quality of life.

In general, men don't go to the doctor as often as women.  As a result, many illnesses go undiagnosed or untreated.  If you're a guy who hasn't had a checkup in awhile, consider getting one-- because there are a lot of other diseases that men are susceptible to, and while going to the doctor does suck, you deserve health.



Mandy!XD said...

My father had prostate cancer when I was young. Luckily he came out of it fairly unscathed (my mom argues that he's been aging rapidly recently; it may have been the cancer, I think it's just lifestyle and stress).

I've heard so many stories. I'm kind of glad men are doing something about this. I think it creates a sort of support network. When my dad was sick, one of his bosses said," I wish I had cancer, so then I could get time off work."

Though at the same time maybe something like this would constantly remind people who have it....idk.

Anonymous said...

Just came across your blog via your comment on Rivelino's blog.

I'm glad to see that, although you have a feminist blog, you're still aware of men's issues, and not anti-male.

I'll check out more of your stuff soon.