NEWS: Woman points out she hasn't got all the answers on men's health. Movember 'surprised'

Here’s more from me about Movember and women. Using text copied from this page for the women of Movember termed MoSistas - what follows are some occasionally serious observations on semantics. The italicised text is mine.

I'm not hinting at misogyny this time - not in every comment - but I do wonder about their blithe assumption that women have an innate facility for dealing with health issues. Women's or men's. Nope. We don't. 

“Get involved MoSistas

Never a truer word was spoken, when it was said that behind every great man, stands a great woman. [Important messaging about my place as a woman noted. Not alongside and definitely not out in front] Whilst a Mo Bro may grow, it is the Mo Sista that is often the driving force, [familiar trope of women as the trouser wearer in a relationship – never a compliment to either party] first planting the seed (of an idea) and then carefully working away behind the scenes of fine moustachery for the 30 days of Movember [Conniving, manipulative woman, scheming away, out of sight, pulling the strings on the life of a dimwit man …]

A Mo Sista is essentially a woman who loves a Mo. [Excessively reductionist. MoSistas do thinking as well as feeling – and never just about the Mo; the man too] An individual that [an individual whoa MoSista is a woman, not a thing] is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey; whether it be a friend, colleague, family member, partner or boyfriend. These inspirational [Inspirational? Just how low are expectations – or women’s supposed capacity? MoSistas are not exactly Aung San Suu Kyi.] women are committed to raising awareness [what does this mean? How do I do it? If you don’t tell me here…. and you don’t…. where should I look?] of men's health issues [What are these? Which ones? Tell me. The knowledge is definitely not expressed through my DNA, you know] and much needed funds for men's health along the way. [Movember mostly supports prostate cancer research in the UK; prostate cancer is not ‘men’s health’, just a small part of it, so back off talking about it as if it synonymous with men’s health. Prostate cancer is actually a particularly poor model for how men’s health awareness could work – bowel cancer is better - though there is no issue with prostate cancer as deserving of the main thrust of your research interest and money]

At Movember we acknowledge the MoSistahood and celebrate their role as purveyors of fine moustaches [purveyor = supplier on a large scale. Thanks, I suppose, for the general sentiment communicated, in the absence of real clarity of meaning].

To be a Mo Sista is to be an agent for change.[Or rather, ‘a charity fundraiser’ as the list of things a MoSista is signing up for actually shows on the MoSista page; but what do you mean by change anyway? Changing from what to what, and how?] It's not an exaggeration to say that without Mo Sistas, Movember would never have achieved the success it has to date. [Probably accurate on bringing in UK money, but definitely not on tackling men’s health in the UK, given you have never specified what interventions women are supposed to be making, based on innate knowledge THAT DOESN’T EXIST AND WE DON'T HAVE or the occasional nag to go see a doctor.]

For many Mo Bros, the thought of growing a moustache can be a daunting one. [hhmmm] They may be concerned about how they will look with their newly acquired facial friend, nervous as to whether they are capable of growing a Mo or apprehensive about the commitment it takes to grow a Mo for the full 30 days of Movember. Mo Sistas play a vital role in helping a Mo Bro on his journey, not least by being supportive of their courageous commitment. [Courageous? It’s a moustache; he’s not cleaning up after a nuclear accident] A kind word of encouragement, a wink or a smile of recognition [There must be pretty fearsome growth if there’s a risk any MoBro might be may be unrecognisable to his family or friends after a month’s moustache growing] can go a long way to helping a Mo Bro as he navigates the month of Movember – this may be particularly true in the first few weeks when growth can, for some, be a little bit slow.

Mo Sistas also have an important role in helping men to break down barriers and talk about their health. [Are Movember assuming all is well in women’s health? I think they are. I don’t know why. Women, in the main, have no idea that heart disease is a significant danger for them, for example. And should women assume a lead on men's health? Some men’s behaviours are learnt at a woman’s knee. Ever heard one say ‘big boys don’t cry’? - one of the more dangerous lessons that men can internalise and take into later life] Women are traditionally more comfortable when it comes to talking about these matters [O yeah? ….‘Women’s things!’ and screws up face….  Women’s ‘traditional comfort’ resides only in the health matters ‘acceptable’ for public discourse - with other women! Baby rearing, gynaecology mostly. Ever wondered about women and bowel cancer? Or women and dementia? Women and respiratory disease? Mental ill health? Stigma gets us all.] so can be great facilitators in supporting the Mo Bros in their life to share their personal journeys with each other [!], or a healthcare professional. Getting men to better understand the risks they face is key for Movember and Mo Sistas are a great way to help get health messages to Mo Bros. [Oforhevinssake what risks does Movember want me to help them face? Which men? Which fookin’ health messages? I know lots of men, aged from 4 to 90. My uncle is 83, what do I tell him? My brothers are in their fifties, my cousin’s son has just gone to University. What are the messages? They can’t possibly be one size fits all, for a start, like you seem to imagine. But g’wan anyway. Gissaclue.]

United we Mo.” [Fine. Right. You’ve pushed me into it. I have no idea what do you want me to do. I’m thinking 'no' to yr mo at the MoMent.]