Friday, September 02, 2011

Not again

I got my first notification of the immature innuendo being used to raise breast cancer "awareness" on Facebook today.  I had to respond with a link to Barbara Ehrenrich's essay about the saccharine and insulting world of breast cancer advocacy.   This year, it's also a "try to make boys think you're talking about something sexy" thing that makes absolutely no sense.  You post your shoe size and the amount of time it takes you to do your hair.  By the way, it's 6.5, 15-20 minutes.  And my bra is cream-colored.  

2 comments:

Amy Van Siclen said...

The one I got sent was oddly supposed to make people thing you are pregnant. They wanted you to post "I'm (number of birth month) weeks and craving (Specific candy according to the number of your birth day)!". So dumb. I hate the pinkwashing. I don't like pink, I don't wear it, I don't like to dress my daughter in it, I don't like looking at it. I always feel like the underlying message of the sea of pink crap is "If you don't like pink and don't buy our pink crap, you are a horrible monster who wants people to have breast cancer!" And why don't we have a month of grey stuff for brain cancer, or brown for colon cancer, etc? Because no one wants to think about icky brains and colons...

Sara E Anderson said...

The thing that creeps me out more than the sentimentality is the sexualization. "Save the boobies" indeed. I also am creeped out by cosmetics companies that go all Susan G. Komen, since for all they know, they could be increasing incidence of breast cancer with their products.