October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is a month to spend time raising awareness of breast cancer and its impact on women and men and their families. It is also a great time to do fundraising and advocacy related to finding a cure and supporting those in need of treatment.
Many people want to show support for those affected by breast cancer and some have…interesting… ways of showing it.
A popular meme is for women to post pictures of their breasts (in bras) in their social media profile avatars. I don’t agree with this trend, as I don’t see how it does anything to raise awareness about breast cancer. That’s me, though.
It sexualizes breast cancer. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, not Tits Awareness Month. Do that on your own time, or at least without the pink ribbon in your avatar. If you want to show your breasts off, go ahead! But doing it under the guise of “raising awareness” is cheap, to me. It’s a slap in the face to survivors. Many women lose their breasts because of mastectomies. You’re showing off your full, healthy breasts because of WHAT now? The people who do it, don’t actually raise awareness. This is just my observation, but it seems like the people who do this, put their breasts up for a week or so, post NO links about breast cancer facts/awareness/where to get screened for it.
When I first read this, I thought she made some good points, even though she prefaced it as an “Unpopular Opinion”. I hadn’t even considered how some people who lose their breasts to cancer might feel seeing women basically flaunt their healthy breasts in the name of “breast cancer awareness”. I asked and a few said they were bothered by it, while others weren’t as bothered.
One woman said she was offended by the “Save The Tatas” mantra, because it placed the value of a woman’s breasts over her life. Truth. It isn’t always possible to “save the tatas” when someone’s life is in jeopardy and unfortunately, some women opt to keep their breasts rather than aggressively treat cancer that can/will eventually kill them. We so closely tie women’s breasts to their “womanhood” “femininity” and sexuality, that the loss of breasts is devastating for most women beyond what’s expected when undergoing surgery and treatment.
But see, here is where y’all get stupid
First of all, why would anyone SUPPORT BREAST CANCER?? Like, are you serious??
Second, what does not wearing a bra have to do with breast cancer or raising awareness about it? Are y’all for real, for real?
“Set the tatas free”? As if they’re in bondage now?
Breast cancer is a very serious issue that has affected millions of men and women around the world. This is not the time for you to try and be cute and sexy. You want to help? Share some informative links to information about how breast cancer affects women and men. Donate money to local hospitals and organizations working with people who have the cancer. Do a fundraising walk/run or start a small drive at your job.
Post a pink ribbon. Like, come on.
Do better, people.