It happens every year in November. Men all around town begin sporting
a little more facial hair than usual. And we're not just talking about hipsters.
The ‘stash' may be bad for razor sales but Movember, now in its
13th year, has made a powerful impact around the world by
creating awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate
cancer. Go the mo!
The community has been awash with positive ‘sisterhood' causes. Women
helping women raise awareness for issues like breast cancer, domestic
violence and cervical cancer. But now men feel similarly encouraged to
band together in brotherhood to support causes that affect males. This
indicates a broad societal shift away from the bygone expectations of
the emotionally stoic, "macho" bloke.
Movember isn't the only example of men helping men. Beard Season is a
similar campaign, although the focus here is to encourage men to get
skin cancer checks. The brainchild of Scott Maggs, Beard Season came
about a couple of years ago when Scott and his mates were mourning the
death of a friend at the age of 26 from malignant melanoma. "I
suppose a lot of blokes think we're bulletproof," Scott told
Collective magazine. "We started thinking: how could we
get men to get a regular skin check?'"
And utilizing a physical attribute that is exclusively male – facial
hair – has been a great way to bring as many men into the game as
possible. And in a fun and creative way. After all, men generally have
much more limited opportunities than women to be expressive and
creative with their appearance.
Another hairy example of ‘brotherhood' that's close to our hearts
comes from Sydney
TAFE barber graduate, Stacey Batchelor (AKA the Bearded Barber).
By day he's a high flying ‘ad man', but by night he shakes off his
corporate attire and dons his barber's cape, hitting the streets of
Sydney to find homeless men who are feeling low and looking a little
rough around the edges.
"I just wanted to give back a little bit, I guess," he
said. "My mum had been doing volunteer work for years. I've
always liked hair and my mate suggested it. I've just learnt that the
smallest things make a change, you know what I mean? The haircut's one
thing, ‘cause trimming a beard takes you 30 seconds. But they're just
buddies and people that I've just met. But they're cool guys, you
know? It's just sad that people don't see it that way sometimes."
But it's that sense of brotherhood that
keeps him coming back to the streets. Let there be more of it.