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The origin of No Shave November

In recent years, the tradition of No Shave November can be traced to Australia in 2004. A group of 30 men organized an event and grew moustaches for 30 days to raise awareness for prostate cancer and depression in men.

The foundation became known as the Movember foundation. The participants in this campaign embrace the hair they grow, which many cancer patients lose, and let it grow wild and free.

A slight difference does exist between Movember and No Shave November, though. If a person participates in Movember they can only grow a moustache that does not connect to the sideburns.

No Shave November requires no shaving for the entire month and each man participating must conduct himself like a true gentleman.

Additionally, the concept of No Shave November has been used for numerous other causes to raise money and awareness.

F.L.A.M.E. is utilizing No Shave November to raise awareness for sexual assault. They will donate all the money raised to ISU sexual assault prevention and survivor devices, Mallie Feltner, F.L.A.M.E. president, said.

The inception of No Shave November can be linked to a history stretching back to the ancient Greeks. The month of November did not exist at this time, but Plato asserted that for the guardians of the time to be educated properly, they needed to imitate the most knowledgeable, or the gods.

Therefore, the young guardians  spent 30 consecutive days each year imitating the look of the gods. Aristotle furthered this philosophy by declaring the beard-growing habit as a tradition of practicing ethics.

The actual title, No Shave November, was dubbed by the socialist Karl Marx in a celebration of communism. Marx championed beard-growing during this month as a way to upset the bourgeoisie.

The idea was concocted in order to agitate the capitalist factory owners of the time.  Marx’s plan never came to fruition and No Shave November faded away into the history books.

Until now. Men and women alike partake and donate in the annual hair growing awareness campaign sweeping the world.

The month of November is blocked off for a time when men and women donate the money they usually spend on shaving and grooming for a month to educate about cancer prevention, saving lives and helping to fight the battle.

(Jake Johnson/ Staff Photographer) Every year during the month of November, males decide whether or not to participate in the trend “No Shave November,” and leave their facial hair alone for the entire month.

(Jake Johnson/ Staff Photographer)
Every year during the month of November, males decide whether or not to participate in the trend “No Shave November,” and leave their facial hair alone for the entire month.

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