I keep getting asked about Movember -- if I’ll be "growing a mo' for the boys" and care enough about men’s health issues like testicular cancer to grow a moustache.
I choose not to participate in Movember. I find it problematic for a variety of reasons, which men need to start discussing.
I remember the first time I grew a moustache in November. I was 13 years old. I had barely hit puberty, but lo and behold, hairs had sprouted on my upper lip. As a boy of East-Indian and Ugandan descent, this growth of facial hair was perfectly normal in my culture.
Yet my moustache wasn’t looked upon too kindly by my predominantly white classmates -- I remember being laughed at for what some had deemed my "Paki stache."