Feminists, the reason why we can’t have nice things.
Whenever we get a good thing going, be it Bear Grylls’ show ‘The Island’ or No-Shave November, SJWs have to swoop in to save us from our own misogyny.
From Heat St:
“For about a decade, men across the globe have forgone shaving in November to raise awareness about men’s health issues, from prostate cancer to male suicide.
The tradition had a good run, but now, suddenly, No-Shave November (also known as Movember) is apparently problematic.
Social-justice warriors worldwide have rushed to point out how the month-long event, regardless of its good intentions, is too gendered. In a nearly unintelligible run-on sentence published by Sydney’s Daily Telegraph this month, one critic wrote: “It’s disappointing that what could’ve served as a much-needed dialogue about the many ways in which men, trans men included, can express their masculinity without resorting to chauvinist caricatures is in danger of devolving into at best a pissing contest between bros about who can grow the most facial hair to prove their manliness and at worst an implicit endorsement of 1950s-style gender norms, complete with transphobia.”
“feminism fights for men too”
“movember is just a campaign to celebrate masculinity” pic.twitter.com/5hSzmWTQk3
— Panda (@DrtyHippiePanda) November 4, 2016
Other critics have argued that No-Shave November perpetuates “toxic masculinity” by imposing a one-size-fits-all definition about what it looks like, and means, to be a man.
For instance, SJWs really hate stuff like this.
Just 2 dudes eschewing a rugged masculinity and a forward-thinking approach to men’s health. #ManUp and make a doc appointment. #Movember pic.twitter.com/7139PhYgm9
— Esquire Network (@EsquireNetwork) November 19, 2016
“Movember irritates me because it’s not so much about cancer awareness as masculinity awareness. … Movember says that we protect men by celebrating masculinity. And that’s ridiculous,” wrote Jacob Brogan in Slate last November.
Movember has also received criticism from feminists, who say it’s not inclusive to women.
“Society views male body hair as natural—but the same cannot be said of women,” complains Jessica Bansbach in a SUNY student newspaper. “When women join No-Shave, they are often met with disgust from the people in their lives, males and females alike.”
Some women are participating anyway, growing out armpit and leg hair.
How’s your #NoShaveNovember going? pic.twitter.com/vED1ET96aH
— Ruby Rapture (@RubyRapture) November 21, 2016
no shave november, keep your gender roles far away from me I’m joining in
— abbie j (@abbiefairchild) November 2, 2016
also during this no shave november pls remember that anyone of any gender can participate not just men
— mallow (@coolpatroI) November 2, 2016
Let’s try ‘No Shave November’? 😉
After all… feminists, egalitarian, gender equality, etc etc.
— A Bharatiyeah Nari (@SharmiliChudail) November 1, 2016
@LyndseyCase @100dollaDante No shave November is for ANY gender, according to the foundation that started the trend. pic.twitter.com/yR4prxvhdW
— Megan Lawrence (@Megancookies5) November 16, 2016
If you thought this might make a great thesis for a grad student… you’re both correct and a little behind the curve.
Take this satire-proof academic paper, entitled “Mo Bros: Masculinity, Irony and the Rise of Movember,” which centers around two ideas: “brand(ed) activism and ironic masculinity—to conceptualize how Movember enables problematic understandings of gender and philanthropy while constraining the space for politicized discussions about health and masculinity.”
(The dissertation also “explore[s] the relationship of Movember to the broader cultural trends including shaving and grooming rituals, hipster culture, kitsch and retro commodities, the politics of selfies, and hockey’s playoff beard.”)
… More like No-Fun November.”
H/T: Heat St