November 18, 2012

Calling All Mo Bros And Mo Sistas

Okay, so October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but November is Movember—the month that focuses on expanding awareness about men’s health issues, specifically concerning prostate and testicular cancer. Where October celebrates the boobies in all forms, November celebrates the moustache. As explains, men grow moustaches in all styles to promote the awareness of men’s health. I love this!

The Mo Bros, those men who participate in this visual dissemination of awareness of men’s health issues, start the month clean shaven and then grow awesome and creative moustaches. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s website, a Mo is an Aussie term for moustache. When these Mo Bros are asked why they are growing such interesting facial hair, they proceed to inform those interested of the issues related to men’s health.

Then, at the end of the month, the Mo Bros and their partners, the Mo Sistas—women who support a Mo—celebrate the achievements of growing an incredible stache and spreading awareness about prostate and testicular cancer by throwing or attending Movember parties or Movember Gala Partés held worldwide by Movember, the group who started this awareness activity. These parties allow participants to show off their growth while also raising funds for support of prostate and testicular cancer research and initiatives. All of the funds raised are directed to Movember’s health partners including the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

I love that organizations, foundations, and other groups are making health awareness so fun and interesting. When the National Breast Cancer Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Komen Foundation started using catch phrases like “I Love Boobies” to spread breast cancer awareness, I supported the cleverness of this move. Similarly, Movember has my support. There are few better ways to spread knowledge than to grab people’s attentions with fun events and clever catch phrases.

Movember makes me wish I could grow facial hair. What a fantastic way to encourage awareness while also fundraising…and it’s fun. I know that I can support a Mo as a Mo Sista, but it would be such a wonderful way to spread information and awareness about men’s health issues if I could actually grow a Mo. I guess I will just have to beg the men in my life to partake in this event in upcoming years. It’s too bad that I am just now finding out about it mid-November.

Cancers of all types deserve the exposure that awareness like Movember spreads. Besides heart disease, cancers are the second scariest diseases. claims that cancer is the number two killer of Americans. Sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent cancer, but there is always some way to spread awareness and knowledge. We may not be able to prevent these atrocious diseases, but we certainly can work to help cure and save those afflicted with them. Movember is a month that does just that not only through the exposure of moustaches but also through the funds raised.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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