All month long men around the world have been growing mustaches in an effort to raise awareness for men’s cancer. Nicknamed Movember the campaign has been growing in popularity over the last few years, raising $42 million US equivalent dollars globally in 2009.
This was the first year that I learned about the campaign and I instantly thought what a clever idea, but what can I do?
Well, here’s the answer I came across last night:
Now first things first, “Have Sex with a Guy with a Mustache” Day was launched by Asylum, a men’s lifestyle website, and the American Mustache Institute. To be clear the video is a goof and not meant to be taken seriously. That being said I’m not sure how funny I find it. I’ve shared the video with a few friends and while some do find the humor, others do not.
I think I’m somewhere in the middle.
While I think it’s important for women to be included in efforts to raise awareness about men’s cancer just as much as I think it’s important for men to be included in efforts to raise awareness about women’s cancer – we’re all human after all – I’m not sure this was the best avenue.
Whether it’s a joke or not, saying that women should have sex with anyone for any other reason than their own does not sit well with me. In addition, women and girls constantly receive messages from TV, advertisements, music videos, advertisements, etc. demanding that they be sexy and have sex and I don’t think PSAs should be added to this list.
On the other hand, Movember was created as their website says to “bring the mustache back as a bit of a joke and do something for men’s health” which seems to be the very goal of the video – get some laughs and raise awareness of men’s health.
Well, if that’s the case then job well done but a little part of me can’t help but think there could have been a better way. But let’s face it, after watching the video I was moved to write something here and in doing so am helping raise awareness of Movember and men’s cancer in my own way.
So, what do you all think? Was the video funny? Appropriate? Offensive? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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