14 Reasons Why You Definitely Shouldn’t Shave This November

Typically, No-Shave November–a cancer-awareness movement in which guys typically stop shaving their faces and grow out beards to the glee of some, arousal of others, and disappointment of most–is thought of as something that is supposed to be reserved exclusively for guys. It’s usually accompanied with iconography of bearded cartoon men and vaguely misogynistic memes, and the thought of girls taking part in it is generally frowned upon. But this, IMO, is high-key B.S. Shaving sucks for everyone, not just guys, first of all. Plus, according to the No-Shave November website, you can participate by “growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment.” Sounds like something you can do!

You are free to do whatever you would like with your body hair at any point of the year, of course–shave it, wax it, leave it, braid it into tiny little plaits as a ceremonial ritual to celebrate the upcoming winter solstice, whatever–but November is a great time to stop maintaining it altogether. The weather is colder, your chances of leg exposure are significantly lower than they might have been a year earlier, and lots of guys aren’t shaving, so why should you? If you need some convincing, check out these reasons why you should definitely paticipate in No Shave November this year:

1. It validates your October:


2. And September:


3. And, uh, entire past year and a half:


4. And prepares you for the whole winter:


5. If you don’t have fleec-lined tights, it’s an easy, cheap substitute:


6. Plus, it’s just…fun. A celebration, if you will:


7. This speaks for itself:


8. And, obviously, it’s a great way to show any guy in your life who’s *actually* boss:


9. Especially if this happens:


10. And if you just hate beards, just, like, in general:


11. But mostly? It’s a good way to annoy guys who say dumb things like this:


12. And this:


13. Cancer awareness is only for the men, ladies:


14. Literally JK. Let them grow wild and free:

What are your thoughts on No Shave November? Will you be observing this year? Let us know in the comments!

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