Respecting Breast Cancer

Last week I wrote about my love/hate relationship with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I thought maybe I was a bit harsh. Then I came across save2ndbase.com and decided that I was not. Women are dying of breast cancer – almost 40,000 in the U.S. last year alone, according to breastcancer.org. I know that this charity was founded by a woman who lost her battle to breast cancer, and I do find her sense of humor admirable. But as a survivor, I also find this merchandise offensive.
This is about more than breasts, or ta ta’s, or whatever else you want to call them. This is about human life and human suffering. I cannot imagine making light of such a terrible disease. And again, though I greatly appreciate the sentiment of wanting to raise awareness about breast cancer, and money for research, I do not respect that because sex sells, it will be used to sell merchandise in the name of a good cause. I came across a blog last week that echoes this sentiment. I could not have said it better myself: http://scatx.com/2012/10/02/no-more-save-the-tatas-please/

 

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