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Why Movember?

Updated on December 12, 2014
Does my Mo suit me?
Does my Mo suit me?

Why do I have a moustache?

You may notice that I'm suddenly sprouting a moustache and perhaps it crossed your mind to wonder why.

The moustache is in honour of the Movember Foundation charity.

During the month of November, men choose not to shave in the moustache area.

I can't grow a moustache but, with a little help from facetache, voila, I have a full grown mo!

What do you think, does it suit me?

Why Movember?

The month formerly known as November is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health issues, in particular, prostate cancer and depression..

The Movember Foundation charity has run Movember events in Australia and New Zealand since 2004, and it's a global event now.

Close to 3300 men die of prostate cancer each year in Australia and one in eight men will experience depression in their lifetime.

Movember is an opportunity to draw attention to these issues

The Movember Rules

  1. On Shadowe'en (October 31st), the complete moustache region, including the entire upper lip and the handlebar zones, must be completely shaved.
  2. For the entire duration of Movember (Movember 1st - 35th inclusive), no hair shall be allowed to grow in the goatee zone - being any facial area below the bottom lip.
  3. There is to be no joining of the moustache to sideburns.
  4. Failure to conform to all of these rules may, at the discretion of the official Movember Committee, result in instant blacklisting and may void invitation to the end of MOnth festivities (this year lip-marked for Movember 35th!)

The Movember Committee accepts no responsibility for lost jobs, rashes, food/beer encrustments or any other such mishaps caused to the wearer (or his partner) of a Movember Moustache. You grew it yourself.

Salvador Dali
Salvador Dali

World Moustache Categories

  • Natural – Moustache may be styled without aids.
  • Hungarian – Big and bushy, beginning from the middle of the upper lip and pulled to the side. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip.
  • Dalí – narrow, long points bent or curved steeply upward; areas past the corner of the mouth must be shaved. Artificial styling aids needed. Named after Salvador Dalí.
  • English moustache – narrow, beginning at the middle of the upper lip the whiskers are very long and pulled to the side, slightly curled; the ends are pointed slightly upward; areas past the corner of the mouth usually shaved. Artificial styling may be needed.
  • Imperial – whiskers growing from both the upper lip and cheeks, curled upward (distinct from the royale, or imperiale)
  • Freestyle – All moustaches that do not match other classes. The hairs are allowed to start growing from up to a maximum of 1.5 cm beyond the end of the upper lip. Aids are allowed.

What style of Moustache would you wear?

Taking the Mo too far?
Taking the Mo too far? | Source
The Fictitious Fu Manchu
The Fictitious Fu Manchu

Historical Moustaches

Many historical figures are synonymous with a certain type of moustache

Take Fu Manchu for example. He has a specific moustache style named for him, and he didn't even exist!

Then there's the infamous moustache we always associate with Hitler ( even if Charlie Chaplin had it first). Adopting this style is socially unwise.

Not a good style Moustache
Not a good style Moustache

Movember is Open to All

Even a rabbit can grow a mo
Even a rabbit can grow a mo
Tuxedo with Moustache
Tuxedo with Moustache

My Evening Mo

Ladies, you can have a Mo too

You don't have to be a man to grow a moustache. Why should men have the fun?

If you can't get the bristles to burst out on the upper lip, don't despair, your stubble doesn't have to be real.

Choose a charming evening Mo to match your outfit!

Stand up and be counted

Be a MoBro

Will you be one of the selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros?

You can become a walking, talking billboard for the 30 days of Movember.

Through your growing efforts you'll raise awareness for the often ignored issues of men’s health, by prompting conversations wherever you go.

My Family gets into Movember

Reuben and T.T show a Mo
Reuben and T.T show a Mo

P.S. Things can get hairy any month of the year

Movember is followed by ­Decembeard

What is it with Beards?

The beard must be the most contentious feature of a man's face. It's nothing more than the sign of the adult male, or is it? Like the thick cartilage which surrounds a man's larynx, it appears in puberty and is classified as a secondary sexu...

Get ready for MOvember 2015

So MOvember has gone for this year but you can make sure you're geared up for 2015!

How about you?

Do you Grow a Mo for Movember?

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© 2010 Susanna Duffy

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    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I think my husband was born with a mustache. I have only seen a some photos of when he was younger without one.

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You don't need to grow your own Scarlettohairy although, with your name, I'm surprised that you can't. Get a fake one

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So funny! I can't grow a 'stache and that's okay.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      This is hysterical. Even funnier because it's for real. :) But it's all for a good cause. Love the tuxedo cat moustache!

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      AtlasSue 

      4 years ago

      Very often Breast Cancer and other diseases are reminded through big charitites and events. Nice to see one for men and for a deadly disease!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Hubby has his stash all year long and would not dream of shaving it. Not sure if that qualifies him for the November manly moves but he definitely fits in with the look. I love that Tuxedo moustache. Sooooo cute.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A moustache would suit you jmsp. A nice black one

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Movember is a great idea. Growing mine soon.

    • SusannaDuffy profile imageAUTHOR

      Susanna Duffy 

      4 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      This year I plan to wear a fake moustache in public. I thought perhaps when shopping at the supermarket and see how many people comment (and what those comments may be)

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      Vicki Green 

      7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I had never heard of Movember. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) I am lacking a both a Y chromosome and enough female facial hirsuteness to participate, but it sounds like a great charity.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      What an imaginative (and fun) way to raise awareness. Very cool!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I had no idea there was a foundation. Three 'men' in my household try to grow a moustache in Mobember. One sports one all year, one is probably able now and the third, well he may be able but his whiskers are barely visible.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Hmmm? I really do think that I could grow a moustache if I tried. I had never heard of this charity before. So many hands which need help...

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      Bambi Watson 

      8 years ago

      What fun & for a great cause!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Movember is a great idea were men can come together by growing a mo to raise awarness, in a manly way, of mens health issues.

      Great lens!

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      8 years ago from Montana

      I'm a Movember newbie but I think it's a fabulous idea! Maybe women could show their support by letting their armpit hair grow? Blessed by a hairy angel!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I've never heard of Movember but think it is a very clever way to raise money and awareness for men's health issues. Hey, I love your intro photo. Thanks for giving me a Heads Up on this great charity event.

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      I sincerely hope all these macho men remember to trim the 'mo' just above the top lip, so deaf people can lip read them? Blessed by an Angel.

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