I’m sorry I’ve been such a shit with HayLadies! updates this week, y’all. But in my internetive exploits I did run across this amazing post on Speaker’s Corner in the ATX about “Save The Tatas” and related breast cancer awareness campaigns. Appropriately, it’s titled: Fuck ‘Save The Tatas.’ Here’s why:
There are survivors living with conditions and scars (both physically and emotionally) that remind them daily of the cancer that haunted their bodies and minds, that continue to haunt them with every check-up at the oncologist’s office or every daily morning prevention pill. Focusing on breasts and breasts alone obscures the reality and the faces of the people who are at the center of the fight against breast cancer. It reminds the survivors who either don’t have their breasts or have scars across the breasts they do have that they are now not as wholly feminine as they once were (and they never will be). They may have beaten the cancer but they lost their breasts, the things everyone seems to actually care about.
Read the whole thing in its entirety–and since October is breast cancer awareness month, don’t hesitate to share this powerful piece with people who think boob-centric fundraising and awareness programs are totally cool and funny. ‘Cause they’re not cool and funny. They’re dehumanizing.