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    Why I am not Doing No Shave November

    November 7, 2013

    I used to be proud practitioner of the once noble tradition of No Shave November.  Every Oct. 31 I would shave my face so that it was smooth as a baby’s bottom and see how far I could get before Dec. 1 rolled around.  I never grew much.  Most of my facial hair was blond except for the sideburns, which were barely thick enough to even be called sideburns.

    This year is a different story.  I have resolved to be clean-shaven for the entirety of this month.  Those closest to me will be puzzled as I have been a vocal proponent of No Shave November in prior years.  However, I do have my reasons.

    No Shave November has lost its meaning.  The original intent was for both men and women to come together and not shave.  It was a holiday to fight social norms.  Participants proudly proclaimed that they could not shave if they wanted and no one could tell them otherwise.  We were sticking it to the Man.

    In reality, though, very few women tend to participate.  This leads to the idea of No Shave November as being a men only occasion.  Then there are the men who will not participate because their girlfriends do not want them to.  They allow themselves to be controlled by another person.

    And then there was sticking it to the Man.  As Jack Black’s character, Dewey Finn, said in “School of Rock,” “And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock ‘n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV!” The same thing has happened to No Shave November (at least here on campus).

    ASC has put out posters about the holiday.  How can we stick it to the Man if the Man says the same thing? Plus, there have been rumors that the beard on the posters is photo-shopped which desecrates the holiday even further (if the rumor is indeed true).

    There are still those who are participating and I do not look down upon them.  That would be wrong.  As for myself, I shall attempt to be, as my roommate once remarked, “a bastion of cleanliness in a sea of uncouth beards!” I do not want to be itchy and scratchy for a full month just to shave away all my progress as soon as the month ends.

    Let your hair grow if you please.  Shave if that is what you want.  Judge not the other for his or her decisions, but instead look at your own motivations for the actions you take.

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