Movember 2011: Fighting Prostate Cancer with Mustaches

by Brett & Kate McKay on October 27, 2011 · 48 comments

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Do you hear that? Listen closely.

It’s the sound of your un-grown mustache beneath the surface of your skin whispering “Grow me! And together we’ll destroy prostate cancer!”

Yes, gentlemen. Movember is once again upon us.

For those of you who are new to the site, every November AoM takes part in an annual, month long fundraiser called Movember. Started in 2003, Movember is an annual, global, month-long celebration of the mustache that highlights men’s health issues–specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male depression. During the month of November, men grow a mustache and raise funds for charities like the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG).

We’re going to be celebrating Movember here on the Art of Manliness website by inviting readers to grow a mo during the month of November. Last year the AoM Movember team raised over $30,000! I think we can double that this year. Ready to join us in the fight against prostate cancer? Here’s what to do.

How Movember Works:

1. Awesomely manly Aussie and Movember veteran Shaun Daws has started an Art of Manliness team on the Movember site. As team captain, he’ll be keeping an eye on the leader board and encouraging you along.

To join the Art of Manliness team, you must register on the Movember site. You must register as a “team member” so we can keep track of your progress. You can register for the AoM Movember team by clicking on one of the following links depending on where you live.

2. On November 1, you must start out clean shaven. You will then commence the growing of your beautiful, hairy mustache masterpiece. You cannot shave your mo until Nov. 30, and you must adhere to the following grooming rules:

  • There is to be no joining of the Mo at the sideburns–that’s a beard.
  • There is to be no joining of the handlebars at the chin–that’s a goatee.
  • A small complimentary growth under the chin is allowed (aka The Tickler).

3. During the month, hit up friends and family to sponsor your mustache-growing and donate to the cause. Raise as much money as you can! Basically this is like a walkathon, but instead of getting people to sponsor you for doing laps in a windsuit, you get people to sponsor the growing of your manly mustache. It will be hard to restrain your friends and family from donating.

4. Shaun has created a Movember Group in the Art of Manliness Community. Join the group and encourage your brothers. Shaun will be posting news, pictures, and updates, and you should do likewise. Let everyone see how your stache is progressing!

5. If you don’t have the cojones to grow a mustache (or if you don’t have cojones, period) you can still donate to the AoM Movember Team. Ditto for those who, like me, already have an awesome mustache, and don’t want to shave it off.

Men, this is your big chance to grow the mustache you’ve always dreamed of having but been too scared to attempt. The beauty of Movember is that during the early growing stage, the stage where the newly formed mustache’s appearance is so unsightly that men give up and shave, you have a ready and worthy excuse for why you look sort of skeevy. People will not only abstain from laughing at you, men will pat you on the back and women will kiss you with joy. Then, at the end of the month, when the awesomeness of your stache is in full bloom, people will be in such awe of your cookie duster that they will beg you not to shave it off. It’s win-win here, folks.

Speaking of winning, finally having the manly mustache of your dreams is not the only prize. The Art of Manliness team member who raises the most money will be richly rewarded for the effort with some awesomely manly booty:

Saddleback Leather Company Dopp Kit + Straight Razor Shaving Gear

The AoM Movember Team Member* who raises the most money will receive a handsome coffee brown, small-sized Saddleback Leather Dopp Kit.  A big thank you to the Saddleback Leather Company for kindly donating this handsome travel case!

This is a great prize in and of itself. But that’s not all. Packed inside this uber-manly dopp kit will be everything you need to get started with straight razor shaving as well as gear to help you take care of your new mustache. Here’s what’s included in the travel case:

A Dovo 6/8″ Half Hollow Best Quality Straight Razor


Leather and Canvas Sharpening Strop from Straight Razor Designs


A Badger Hair Shaving Brush from Art of Shaving


Sandalwood Shaving Cream from Art of Shaving


Tweezerman Mustache Grooming Kit


Col. Conk Moustache Wax


A Signed Copy of the Art of Manliness Manvotionals: Timeless Wisdom and Advice on Living the Seven Manly Virtues 


One awesome bag of manliness!

So get those mustaches growing men! Do it for the cause! Do it for the prize-packed travel case! Do it for the chance to finally grow the mustache of your dreams!

*Unfortunately, this year only US residents are eligible to win the AoM contest prize. As we’ve gotten bigger, we’ve received a lot more scrutiny from The Man. One area where we’ve gotten the stink eye are contests. Every country has different rules, requirements, and fees for online contests. Complying with the myriad of laws and regulations is time-consuming and expensive. We’ve been blissfully unaware of these different rules for the past few years, but the powers-that-be have corrected our ignorance.  Right now we just don’t have the resources to hold international contests. Quite sorry about that.

I hope this doesn’t discourage international readers from taking part in the Movember cause. Remember, the main goal is to raise money for men’s health research and to grow a wicked mustache! So everybody join in!


{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 the muskrat October 27, 2011 at 10:41 am

I’m playing along! I’m already on a team, though:

2 Henrik October 27, 2011 at 10:45 am

Tis a worthy cause Gentlmen!

We’ve set up our own team here in the UK, If any would fancy to donate, then please do! The company I work for (Mando Group) will add pound for pound any donations.

Cheers guys – hopefully I can grow an impressive tash by the end of November! :-)

3 Will Tomkinson October 27, 2011 at 11:05 am

Brett, I have convinced my 8 person business unit to participate as a team from Fellas from 25 to 60 years old will be participating on the Canada version.

Love to be in on your contest but I don’t think it would work for teams. Good on you!

4 Hugh October 27, 2011 at 11:13 am

Just signed up. I’ve never had one before but for this cause I will throw caution to wind and see if I can grow a nice manly stache.

5 Douglas October 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

I don’t want to split hairs(see what I did there?), but a goatee is a beard on the chin only. A mustache/beard around the mouth is a VanDyke. As a proud wearer of the VanDyke, I thought it important to point out the difference.

6 Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff October 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

As much as I approve of the cause, the whole “starting off clean shaven” is unnacceptable to me. I doubt I could manage more than a defiant teenage moustace in 30 days. I already have a fine waxable moustache as it is, and it’s taken months of careful meticulous work to accomplish.

7 Dave M October 27, 2011 at 11:41 am

Where can I buy some of those goodies?

8 Jayme October 27, 2011 at 11:59 am

Does this mean that if I already have a fab moustache that I can’t participate??

9 RalphB October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm


Silly me, I thought November only had 30 days. ;)

10 Brian October 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I’ve been a MoBro several times already, and am already registered for this year. I’m not sure how individual vs. teams work, but if I can do both, I will.

For the record, I start out looking like a sex offender but by Dec. 1, I look like a 70s porn star.

11 Dustin October 27, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I have registered with the Art of Manliness team and so has one of my coworkers. I just found out last week that my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer so its definitely a good time for me to get involved. I wish you all luck in your fundraising! Hopefully we can get even more money than last year!

12 Paul Rozek October 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Have you seen that an NHL goalie is in on this Movember thing?

Jonas Hill of the Anaheim Ducks.

Nice higher profile for this great cause.

13 Justin Wohl October 27, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff – take note of the Reverse Mo!

From Movember “If you already have a moustache you can do a ‘reverse Movember’ and have people donate to you to shave it off.”

14 Meg October 27, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Ah, if only I had the ability to grow a mustache! I shall find one to donate my love and pennies to instead. :)

15 JG October 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

How sad….

I cannot grow a mustache or a beard for that matter.

I am very sad that I am a man and I cannot do something manly.

C’est la vie.

16 George P.H. October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Hey, guys

I’m ready to do this, but I live in none of those countries. I’m already checking out the website, but do you know if there’s another way to participate?


17 James Cichon October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I’m definitely gonna jump on this!
My big question, does it specify what kind of mustaches are allowed? I look frightening with a regular mustache, but I dare say I look semi-dashing with a horseshoe

18 Kyle October 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Just joined the AoM Mo-Team!

19 Craig Hargrove October 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I am in. This will be my first stache, I bet it’s not my last.

20 Jim October 28, 2011 at 4:35 am

Dang nabbit! The men at the school I work for are on about doing this, yet I’ve just spent the last two and a half months growing my beard! Decisions Decisions!

21 JAKOR THE MAGNIFICENT! October 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

I already have a bad-motha (watchyomouth) moustache, and ergo cannot “grow” one. However, the one I have will be reaching epic proportion and soon. With it, we will spread the word.

22 dave October 28, 2011 at 11:11 am

Douglas beat me to the clarification!! my hat is off to him – as is my vandyke!

23 Andrew October 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

I’m in, glad to help. In the words of my facial-hair challenged friend, “That’s not even a challenge! You can grow a respectable mustache in fifteen minutes!”

24 SmilinEric October 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

My wife bought me the Saddleback Leather Dopp Kit last year and it is OUTSTANDING. Congrats to whoever wins it, you won’t be disappointed.

25 Beth October 28, 2011 at 11:51 am

Since I’m a chick, I can’t participate, but I want to thank all of you manly men that are ready to grow. My dad was just diagnosed with prostate cancer at 62. It scares the shit out of me…I’m 34 and I still need my dad to teach me so many things. My three-year-old son needs him, too. I can’t say it enough – THANK YOU!!!

26 Julia October 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Thank you so much, everyone, who will be participating! Though I cannot grow one (well, technically, I can, but I definitely get that bad boy waxed), I’m going to cheer everyone on who can. My dad went through prostate cancer, treatment and surgery in 2006, and though he is considered “cured” today, our lives were very hard for over a year.

I cannot thank everyone enough who helps organizations work for better treatments and cures for this disease so that no other man or family has to go through what we went through. Happy Movember, everyone!!

27 Seth R. October 28, 2011 at 12:53 pm

3 years clean from testicular seminoma myself. I’m one man down but life if good! Keep up the fight. We’re going for 25K this year.
_Seth (Manscapers – Team Captain)

28 Steven Kogan October 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Gentlemen! I have heard the mighty call of Movember and you will have my mustache stand alongside you during this ever-worthy campaign.

Now, here’s my first question. I’m a trimmed-full-beard type of guy, and I have read the rules and understand that a “tickler” is allowed. But what about the Verdi? If I understand correctly, is that essentially the same thing but with a different name?

29 Chad October 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Count me in. I’ve missed it the past few years but definitely want to take part in it. Hopefully a few job interviews don’t get in the way of it.

30 Max October 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I can only grow a goatee, WHY ARE YOU SO CRUEL NATURE!

31 Ricky October 29, 2011 at 1:10 am

I just joined in the fun! I’m going to be shaving my 3-year-old handlebar for the cause (of course, just to grow it back again!)

32 Ray Ryder October 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

I’m excited about Movember, this being my 1st year. Can’t wait to grow the word and stache for our team!!!

33 Jack October 29, 2011 at 2:10 am

This is a great cause! The only thing I recommend (having experienced it in years past) is that if you are growing a mustache please refrain from constantly talking about it to anyone within earshot in a gloating voice celebrating how counter-culture you are. It’s like people who won’t shut up about a marathon they are training for or people that think they are super clever for playing in an adult kickball league. Grow it, donate the money you raise, and move on with your life.

34 David October 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Count me in! My father-in-law passed away from prostrate cancer on Dec. 1, 2010. How fitting that I will shave my mustache off on the same date. My goal is to increase awareness and help raise money for research of men’s health issues and cancers. Best of luck to everyone who is involved with Movember! To those that have cancer, keep on fighting.

- David

35 Mike October 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

This is great! My entire platoon is going to grow mustaches in movember, we are in iraq so we wont be able to post pictures all the time, but we are going to grow them anyway!


36 Aaron October 31, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Just signed up for the Art of Manliness, Team Canada to increase awareness for male depression and suicide.

37 k2000k October 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Dammit, I’ve already spent a few weaks growing out a circle beard…

38 Heath Holden October 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Best of luck guys. I’m not going to shave my beard for this. Real men already have beards & cannot participate. (tongue in cheek of course) I will instead sponsor a friend.

39 Eddie in INDY November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Good Morning Manly men….

I am starting this to bring awareness for Prostate Cancer. I am clean shaven as of today.

40 big johnson November 1, 2011 at 9:08 pm

cant grow a real mustache but more of a “dirty sanchez” but ill still try

41 Brad Hubert November 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I had already decided to participate this year, so I’m happy to do so as a member of the AoM team.

42 Clayton Curry November 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

GO TEAM!! Let’s do this!

43 Petaluma Supply Co. November 2, 2011 at 3:17 am

I would enter but I can’t start clean shaven. I have four months into my moustache and it’s too good to shave off and start over. I still plan to raise money for the cause though. Petaluma Supply Co. would also be interested in donating some grooming products as prizes to support Movember.

44 Steven November 2, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I look ridiculous with a mustache, but it’s for one hell of a good cause, So here we go fellas!

45 Atom Moustache November 4, 2011 at 2:35 pm

I am officially on the Art of Manliness Team.
If you feel like you 1% pockets are too damn heavy, then by all means donate to my profile. There is no limit to how much you can give and it is of course TAX DEDUCTIBLE, Cause it’s the US Government. So give to my team instead of Uncle Sam.

46 DonDada November 14, 2011 at 10:11 am

Too many guys are using Movember as an excuse to grow handlebar goatees and beards. Shame on you.

47 rajarajan.t November 26, 2011 at 5:34 am

realy there are humans still living

48 Bill M October 23, 2012 at 7:10 am

Good cause. .. I am a PC survivor. .I had surgery in 2006. Breast cancer awareness has made great strides(everyone is wearing pink), but Prostate Cancer needs to catch up.. You are leading the charge for us. Thanks.

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