Thursday, October 7, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Awareness!

[Reposted from my Facebook wall]

OKAY, EVERYONE, I’m ruining the game!!!

This is what’s making the ‘rounds on FB:

“Replying to Breast Cancer Remember the game last year about what color bra you were wearing at the moment? The purpose was to increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was a tremendous success and we had men wondering for days what was with the colors and it made it to the news. This year's game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home for example "I like it on the couch", "I like it on the kitchen counter", "I like it on the dresser" well u get the idea. Just put your answer as your status with nothing more than that and cut n paste this message and forward to all your FB female friends to their inbox. The bra game made it to the news. Let's see how powerful we women really are!!! REMEMBER - DO NOT PUT YOUR ANSWER AS A REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE- PUT IT IN YOUR STATUS!!! PASS THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW :-)”

Where to start, where to start!! I’m not even going to bother taking the time to make this note of mine witty and funny and all of that, because really I’m just plain mad.

IF YOU WANT TO TEASE THE BOYS BY TALKING ABOUT SEX AND PRETENDING YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR PURSE, HAVE AT IT, but it’s an insult to those of us who have had breast cancer – or, hell, who have loved ones who have DIED of breast cancer – to pretend that this ridiculous game has ANYTHING AT ALL to do with breast cancer awareness. And as another breast cancer survivor puts it in her blog, “Who on this big blue planet is still not aware of breast cancer? I'm guessing somewhere deep in the Amazon, a monkey has tied a pink ribbon to a tree in honor of October.” We don’t need any more breast cancer “awareness.” We need a damn cure and prevention. We don’t need pink/ribboned dog bowls and toolkits and toilet paper and buckets of fried chicken and shoelaces, with pennies going towards research; we don’t need producers of carcinogenic products slapping pink ribbons on their crap in hopes that we mistakenly think they’re helping us instead of giving us more cancer; and we DON’T NEED people inventing and spreading silly, giggly, sex-talk games IN THE NAME OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS!

If you want to help women with breast cancer and their families, donate money to an organization like Breast Cancer Action, or bring a meal to someone who’s going through chemo, or participate in a walk. If you want to help prevent breast cancer, educate yourself about diet and lifestyle changes you and your family can make (I recommend Anticancer by Dr. David Servan-Schrieber), reduce your exposure to environmental toxins when possible, and advocate for the producers of toxins to stop producing them and for the government to ban them. (The just-published State of the Evidence report, by the Breast Cancer Fund, is a great place to start). If you don’t at all want to focus on breast cancer, you really, really DON'T HAVE TO... just please don’t kid yourself/insult breast cancer survivors by thinking that you TALKING COYLY ABOUT YOUR HANDBAG is doing a damn thing to help end the breast cancer epidemic. This is even MORE ridiculous than last year's "post the color of your bra" game, which did nothing to get the BLOODSTAINS out of MINE.

http://bcaction.org/index.php?page=frequently-asked-questions%EF%BB%BF - Breast Cancer Action's FAQ

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/media/publications/state-of-the-evidence/ - State of the Evidence 2010 report (the connection between breast cancer and the environment)

http://www.anticancerbook.com/ - Anticancer: A New Way of Life, by David Servan-Schrieber

(Pass this on as you wish!)