3 thoughts on “Getting to 2nd or Getting Insensitive

  1. I do think that the focus on boobs and not the women with breast cancer really detracts from finding a cure. When you buy a bracelet or a t-shirt, you’re not only contributing to finding a cure, you’re contributing to the manufacture of that product. We shouldn’t be focused on saving breasts, we should be focused on saving women. Those products also ignore women who have had mastectomies. They’ve lost their breats, but they still have their lives. We shouldn’t be focusing on saving second base. We should be focusing on how to most effectively save lives. You don’t see “I heart ovaries” bracelets because ovaries aren’t sexy, even though about 70% of ovarian cancer cases are deadly. I think we should certainly be focused on finding a cure for breast cancer, but not because we need to save breasts for sexual purposes. We need to save lives.

  2. I think one of the biggest problems with these types of slogans is the suggestion that women who have had mastectomies, or couldn’t “save the tatas” have lost the battle when in reality they’ve beaten the disease and stayed alive, which is obviously what is most important. I think that the original point of the slogans, that finding a cure would save lives without the need for mastectomies, is positive, but the exploitation of these products for profit has pulled focus from the need for a cure and placed value on women’s bodies, rather than their lives. While the attention-catching phrases do raise awareness, I think that they encourage shallow support. It’s disappointing that people would purchase and ask about these bracelets and bumper stickers because they say “boobies,” but other fundraising products that focus on women’s lives are likely to go unnoticed.

  3. I think that the “save the tatas” and “i love boobies” campaigns were a wise decision for breast cancer awareness. The slogans may not be completely politically correct, but they brought awareness to a younger generation that (normally) thinks that boobies, breasts, or tatas are a completely foreign concept. Breast cancer has always been a prominent topic of conversation, just like any other kind of cancer. However, breast cancer is a form of cancer that is rarely seen in men so it is not as common of a topic in a heterosexual environment. I think the “save the tatas” bracelets got a whole different venue of people talking about the disease and while it may not have been their intention, they donated money to cancer research and awareness. Sometimes the world needs a non-politically correct way to spread the word on a growing problem. The most effective way is to shock the public. These bracelets aren’t politically correct or sensitive but then again neither is breast cancer.

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