Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, in case you hadn’t heard. How dare she remove those ticking time bombs from her chest, amiright? Like, hasn’t she learned by now that her body is public domain and we all get to vote on what she does with it? Sheesh, how selfish can ya get.
Also reposting Jenn’s video about everything that’s wrong with “Save the Boobs” style breast cancer campaigns, in light of some people’s disgustingly sexist reactions to Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.
Sadhbh Walshe: Angelina Jolie was brave to share details of her double mastectomy, but it’s hardly an option for all women
Angelina Jolie should be commended for her brave and difficult decision, not only to opt for a preventative double mastectomy to reduce her high risk of breast cancer, but to also speak publicly about it in the hopes of encouraging others to do the same.
But for many from low income brackets or with reason to be wary of the medical establishment, accessing such life saving treatment is far from easy.
Read about Ms Jolie’s decision in her own words here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html
These Women Are About To Tell You Some Things That Are Absolutely None Of Your Business
Holy shit women on fire. This video gave me chills. If you do nothing at all today - watch this!
ask one more time why we need feminism
I’m in tears. This is amazing.
Such an incredibly powerful video [TW for mention of rape]
Male privilege is the sexualization of Breast Cancer awareness.
it reminds me of what Randall Munroe said:
“The frustrating thing about the “Save the Boobies” campaign and similar things (like the “Booberday” meme going around G+) is that they get it exactly backward. Often, the point of breast cancer treatment is to destroy some or all of the boobies in order to save the woman.
Saying that we should work to cure this disease because it threatens breasts is really upsetting. For starters, it suggests that women are worth saving because they’re attached to breasts, rather than the other way around. But worse, it tells any woman who’s had a mastectomy to try to save her life that she’s lost the thing that made people care about her survival. What a punch in the stomach.”
Perfect analysis is perfect.
“Save the boobs!”
Jenn is very violently unimpressed with people who make light of breast cancer.
More videos about Breast Cancer Awareness and Pinkwashing: http://bit.ly/TDotdV
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Happy Sunday everyone! Here’s this week’s topic announcement:
THIS WEEK: Breast Cancer Awareness and Pinkwashing
- Seen any recent examples of companies exploiting “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” to sell pink crap? Or alternatively a great campaign that actually does promote awareness or raise funds for research or patient support. Reblog to let us know!
NEXT WEEK: Sexism in Halloween Costumes
- Expect rage over the limited choice of “Sexy Everything” costumes for women, sexualisation of young girls, slut shaming, prude shaming and costume based racism.
THE WEEK AFTER: It’s our one year anniversary!
- On 7th November 2011 Holly-Rae put up our first ever video. It’s been an AMAZING first year so we’ll probably be looking back over that and maybe re-introducing ourselves to everyone who’s joined us more recently.
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