Mullets for Darfur
Save Darfur, Lose the Mullet

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions:

1) Is this site serious?

2) Why did you get a mullet?

3) How does it feel to have an actual mullet?

4) Why are you making light of such a tragic situation through your ridiculous haircut campaign?

5) Where can I learn more about the situation in Darfur?

6) Why did you choose the Fuel Efficient Stoves project?

7) Where do I go to donate?

8 ) I don’t live near Washington D.C. so I can’t cut your mullet off. So what will you do instead?

9) Where can I go to get a mullet?

10) Who is Mark?

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Answers:

1) Yes, absolutely. I am really trying to make some money for a project currently providing fuel-efficient metal stoves for women in IDP camps in Darfur by essentially auctioning off my mullet locks to the highest bidder.

2) Remember that kid in high school who always had a crack at mullets? The one with the mullet/80s/irony joke quick-draw? I was one of those kids. Some years later, having grown a little tired of faux-hawking and its various incarnations, I decided to grow a little length out back. Picked up at a Chinatown shop in Washington for a hair show by Aveda Institute, I said: “Why not?” and “You can do as you like.” They decided to run with the mullet, and Bob’s your uncle: I had a mullet. Things have come full circle, as they say.

3) It’s not that bad, to be honest. Most of the time, you don’t really notice it. Sure, it can be annoying having tufts of hair getting scrunched up in your scarf or coat, but after a while, you can just tuck it down your shirt collar and a lot of people don’t really seem to notice. The mullet tips have gotten a little clumpy at times, though, which is indisputably nasty. I can’t say I’m overly attached to my little ‘Billy Rays’, but I’m willing to let them continue their little coming out party until I’ve made enough money. The original target is $500 USD.

4) I see this campaign as part of the growing movement of “post-modern philanthropy.” (See the DC Idiotarod as an example) Like many other people who are interested in global humanitarian issues but a little weary of being hit over the head with “eat your spinach” moral aggrandizement, I like the notion of attaching something non-traditional and light-hearted (in this case: mullet hairstyles) to issues of continuing concern and weight. Just as social capitalism is an effort to break down the traditional dichotomy between socialism and capitalism, so does light-hearted charity attempt to break the false notion that all humanitarian drives need to be sombre and solemn in tone.

The last thing I am trying to do is make light of a particularly serious issue. Rather, I believe such non-traditional forms of philanthropy may serve to energize new donor constituencies and provide folks with a more enjoyable way to lend their hand to a critical humanitarian issue.

5) There are a number of sites dedicated to the conflict in Darfur. One that I recommend is that of the Save Darfur Coalition, an advocacy NGO based in Washington. The BBC has a useful Q and A, the International Crisis Group keeps relatively up-to-date reports, and the DarfurScores site tracks US congressional voting on the issue. I encourage you to contact your local elected official to voice your concern regarding the conflict, as well as the international community’s continued failure to stop the atrocities which are currently taking place.

6) This is the sort of innovative, beneficiary-owned project that international development needs more of. The stoves will allow Darfuri women to prepare food in a much safer and more environmentally sound manner. At present, many women in Darfur fear the very real threat of rape when they leave the relative safety of their camps in order to gather firewood. In addition, woodburning provides a poor energy source in an ecological environment as sparse and dry as Darfur. The stoves will remove a major source of physical and emotional insecurity, allowing IDPs the opportunity to focus on income generating activities, easing the already tremendous burden placed upon them by this most treacherous of predicaments they currently face.

7) To donate to the Fuel-Efficient Stoves project, please visit this link.

You can also donate by mail:

* Send your check or credit card information to:
CHF International
Resource Development
8601 Georgia Ave, Suite 800
Silver Spring, MD 20910
* Please make checks payable to: CHF INTERNATIONAL.
* Be sure to include “Darfur Stoves” as well as “Mark’s Mullet Fund” in the memo field (if you would like your donation to go specifically to that project).
8 ) If you would like to cut off my mullet, but don’t live near me, well…too bad. Unless you’re willing to come to Washington, you may have to make do with watching the event on youtube or something similar. I’ll be sure to make it into an online video. In addition, I’d be happy to send you the actual hair if you would like, perhaps in a cute little box. (If you’re somewhat close by, like Baltimore or New York, perhaps we can work something out.)

9) Good question, future mulleteer! Your local hairdresser should be able to take care of that, but as for pictures you might want to bring in with you, try this site.

10) I am Mark! I’m 22 years old, like to blog, and am the current wearer of the mullet in question. Originally from Australia, I currently live in Washington D.C., where I work for an international development organization.

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