Women, Put Down Your Razors (for Cancer). It's Decembeaver!

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David Cameron's moustache gets a touch-up at Madame Tussauds Museum in support of Movember. Wonder what the museum will do for Margaret Thatcher in support of Decembeaver?

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So we’ve made it through Movember, that silly month in which men on your Facebook wall grow out their mustaches “for cancer.” (Because one cannot simply donate to groups like the American Cancer Society—a stunt must be involved.) Now it’s the ladies’ turn. In the video below (via Laughing Squid), a group of women declare their intention to leave their pubic hair alone this month. For cancer. It’s Decembeaver.

Recognize the woman with the dark curly hair? (On her head, perv.) That’s Irene McGee, whom you may remember from her 1999 turn on The Real World: Seattle.

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One YouTube commenter says, “Ok, I found this pretty damn funny. Though I can't work out what side of the argument you're on.” I agree—and that fuzziness makes it enjoyable. By including a link to the American Cancer Society’s website in the YouTube description, the video’s creators are sort of encouraging charitable giving. But they’re also skewering the rather narcissist Movember approach. Though that campaign has raised millions of dollars, it does so in a self-proclaiming, patting-yourself-on-the-back kind of way.

Anyway, there’s no way Decembeaver will take off. Mustaches are quirky and fun—women’s pubic hair is just gross.

Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, a project of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State that looks at the implications of new technologies. 

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