November 2, 2011

It’s A Moustache Blog! #teamgaily takes on #Ho-Movember

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Written by: Kyle
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Well. It’s that time of year again. Moustache Season. ‘Tis the time where men shave off all their facial hair and start to grow, in their own fashion, a good old solid “Mo”. What is a “Mo” you ask? Well, with our generation’s uncanny ability to shorten ever single word in the English language to make them more contemporary and hip, a “Mo” is a moustache.

Movember is a month long awareness and fundraising campaign for prostate cancer and prostate cancer research. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and their health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. With nearly 119,000 participants in Canada, $22.3 million CAD was raised in the 2010 campaign!

How does it work? Well, Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, according to the Movember Canada website they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

This year, probably in accordance with a current trend of facial hair and plaid shirts among young men, Movember has gone ahead with a woodsy, lumberjack-type theme. I’m totally down with this as I basically fantasize daily about hot-woodsy guys sweeping me off my feet and carrying me to their cabins deep into the forest, where we make sweet love by the fire all night long. Think Joe Manganiello (True Blood, My Dreams) Woof.

Here at the Gaily, we boys can appreciate a cool lookin’ Mo, especially on a hot guy. We also give a hot–damn about men’s health and want to do anything we can within and beyond our community to support awareness and research. Prostates need more love and less cancer! So we put together a small group of (ho)Mo Bros and are raising money and prostate health awareness here at the Gaily for the month of November.

We will each have small profiles and photo updates each week! See our Mos grow from that awkward teenager stage to a thick and healthy looking Mo, worthy of tickling any part of your partner’s anatomy (if they’re into that).

To kick off Movember, Gaily writer and co-founder Tyrone Smith and I were asked to come on the CBC Radio show, Homerun. We chatted with host Sue Smith about Movember and what it means to start something off on a community level, spreading awareness about prostate cancer while wearing a Mo and raising some funds!

Listen to us on the show:

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Ty and myself then headed off to the Burgundy Lion, a proud participant in Montreal’s Movember activities, to take in a few beers and watch the “Shave Off”. November 1st was the day to shave it all off!

It’s only DAY 2 and we got some more ‘stache to grow and more funds to raise. This Month, the Gaily will be dedicated to raising awareness of Movember events in your area (including our own TBA)! See how you can get involved for a great cause!

Check out our profiles and check into our progress! And PLEASE DONATE to our TEAM! 

Our member’s pages:

CBC’s Homerun: WebsiteFacebook:
The Burgundy Lion:  Website, Facebook

#TeamGaily on Movember: Fundraising Page

About the Author

|Contributor & Photographer| MA in cultural and political communications. Currently live in Montreal with my boyfriend and his cat, Shakira. Writer, #hashtagabuser, slow food advocate, culinary master, avid photographer, hopeless romantic, handsome pants, part-time lumberjack, occasional super hero, determined professional, master of witt, and self proclaimed food and wine junkie.



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  1. Ty

    So effing excited for this!!

  2. Ok so I am on board, except I actually want to see this: “Through their actions and words, according to the Movember Canada website they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.”

    The actual awareness parts of these campaigns seem to be lacking, so how do you tackle this objective effectively?

    • Kyle

      Perhaps I don’t understand your contention of the lack of awareness. The objective of raising awareness is achieved through the very visible ‘stache throughout the month of November, just as the very visible poppy reminds us of the sacrifices of our veterans and current active members of the armed forces.

      Visual cues assist in creating awareness, specifically to the context in which it exists. If you concerned about the temporality of the awareness, or how long it lasts in regards to the visual campaign, that is indeed another issue.

      It could be argued that simply having a month, week or day dedicated to awareness, like breast cancer, black history month, etc may be insufficient in creating a lasting awareness about a specific topic in the short term.

      • Sure but black history month actually has lots of conversations about race and actually illicits public and private conversations. I am just wondering how the movement generally and the #teamgaily specifically is starting private and public conversations about an often ignored issue. Like quite literally, other than growing moustaches and having parties and stuff – and this is not a criticism – but rather just wondering what are the tangible ways of “raising awareness”.

        I think the movement is quite different than the pink ribbon one, and am grateful for that, but I think the notion of “raising awareness” still needs to be considered critically.

        • Kyle

          I totally agree. We need to do more than just grow moustaches and drink beer.

          In these campaigns, one often feels that if they raise the money for the organizations doing the work, then they have helped the cause. They have really helped make a difference through monetary means, and I think that is a completely valid way of participating and making a difference in this context. My mom biked from Vancouver to Seattle two years in a row and raised over $3000 just herself. Movember last year raised over $22 million dollars. My mom didn’t additionally go around and talk to people about cancer, but she did her part in another way.

          To compare Black History Month (BHM) and Movember is unhelpful because they are two very different things. In other words, we should be looking at Movember as (1) a month of awareness making (yes, like BHM), but (2) as a fundraising campaign. BHM is not about raising money, but Movember is (with an added pressure of creating awareness on a men’s health issue). It’s two-fold. However, fundraising and prostate health awareness should not be seen as mutually exclusive nor necessary partners, but allies in Movember’s vision.

          Growing a stache is a tangible way to create awareness. It represents a visual social queue that reminds us of the movement and why people are doing it.

          Public and private conversations about prostate cancer and getting checked regularly need to occur, yes. But these conversations are not key definers of tangible ways to create awareness. I mean, creating awareness of the history of blacks in America is fairly layered and complex, Movember wants us to raise money to help fight the disease as well as to let dudes know they should go to the doctor and get their butt checked out.

          • Ok sure. But I think we too readily accept the notion of awareness raising, and we also to readily accept that fundraising for a cause as a positive thing. When it comes to cancer especially, I think we need to do more in the way of prevention, rather than just throwing money at foundations. However, that is not my critique. I just think the Gaily has the means to do more than just raise money and raise awareness by growing moustaches. We are a blog and should take advantage of our platform and ACTUALLY have conversations about men’s health. I think it is a great opportunity to actually write about and converse about the issues on a public forum.

      • Kyle

        Well, I guess this is our opportunity to include the LGBT community. The Gaily is our platform and the programming that we want to get going within the community can help with that inclusion.

        Yes, it is very much in it’s infancy, hence our excellent opportunity! I know a lot of my gay male friends who do not feel excluded by Movember at all. In fact, I would argue that they feel just a part of the cause as any other “dude” Why? Because it’s not about who you have sex with, it’s about men’s health (all men).

        Yes, it is in essence a male centric campaign, well, because it’s about men’s health and, well, the primary campaign poster is a moustache. So, on those terms it is what you say a “boys club”. However, it is not a boys club that intentionally or otherwise excludes people based on specific predetermined criteria.

        I would agree that any movement or event in human society has the ability to make others feel unwelcome based on several factors. This can include their vision, purpose, membership, marketing etc. But, this is not about the cool kids. This is not about social hierarchy. This is about men’s health and creating awareness for the movement itself and for its goals.

        To refer to participants of these types of fundraising movements as zombies is an inaccurate portrayal of the intentions of the individual. However, I would agree that in any movement there are those who do follow “just because”. But to characterize them as zombies is just unfair. This does not make the cause less important, or the movement less cohesive. Rather, it just makes it more important to remind oneself of why they are choosing to participate in any social experiment in the first place.

  3. Also, “Movember wants us to raise money to help fight the disease as well as to let dudes know they should go to the doctor and get their butt checked out.” – Ok, but they want us to raise money to fight the disease? I think we need to keep the pink ribbon examples in mind when looking at another cause like this. What does it mean to fight the disease? Also, what does it mean to use the word fight? What does it mean as Jeromie asked, to masculanize a disease? What does it mean to fight a disease instead of prevent it, and what are the other ontological issues?

  4. Kyle

    To be fair. It’s day 3 of Movember (re: Erika Jahn comment November 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm). We are building on our early success of exposure and programming with people in the community for fundraising. Yes, of course we are going to do more than just raise money. Articles can be written by any Gaily team member (I would assume) on Men’s health for the month of Movember. Again, pairing fundraising with awareness is key. I don’t think we were planning on just “throwing money” at a foundation. Our hearts are in it.

    Let’s get the whole team involved in writing about Men’s health for the month! YAY!

  5. Ty

    Great discussion everyone. Oh, and so everyone knows.. a big part of this campaign is to encourage your fellow bros to do their checkup. I just emailed (literally) 6300 people asking them to participate just by encouraging the bros in theirs lives to get their checkup. Simple things (outside of fundraising) are proving their worth here and you don’t even need to purchase some moustache shampoo. Although, I wanna!

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