I said I wouldn’t do it. Wouldn’t post about Breast Cancer Awareness Month because I find Pinktober to be repugnant. I recoil at the merchandising and profiting off the backs of the vulnerable and ill. I wince at photos of smiling, scarfed women in pink T-shirts, walking the pink walk who unknowingly stuff yet more money in the wrong pockets. Worse, I hate seeing photos of Barbie-esque, bare-breasted models who are supposed to represent women who’ve had their bodies maimed and disfigured, and feel medically raped. I deplore the glamorization of cancer, just because it involves — ooh! — breasts.
And please, ladies, keep your bras on. How does flashing your breasts help anybody? If you must, don’t do it in the name of breast cancer awareness. I mean, really? Maybe for prostate cancer, men should walk around without pants or underwear. Flaunt your bouncing balls in August — for prostate cancer! I’m sarcastic, of course, to make a point of how such behavior makes a mockery of those caught in the web of an often deadly disease.I could almost stomach it if I thought the money actually went toward a cure. For the most part, I see marketers who prey on naive consumers by capitalizing on public dismay.
We don’t need more awareness, except perhaps to be aware that, yes, breast cancer still takes too many lives. And we certainly don’t need Pinktober to herald in the Christmas of cancer as retailers profit from the disease. If there’s any awareness that’s needed, it’s that the consumer understands that their pink dollars aren’t necessarily helping those with cancer.
So I made a decision to boycott the month by not even mentioning it on my blog. Not feeding the dragon. Not participating in the love-hate dynamic that is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but rather, to walk away from a dysfunctional, offensive relationship. But you know what? I’m at the mid-month mark and I feel like I’m off the map. I write a breast cancer blog and act as if I’m from another planet where it doesn’t exist. I had to at least address it and let you know my silence does not mean I condone it.
I’m about to turn a corner in my blog where I focus more on wellness, such as my “I Love Life Project,” which I recently mentioned. Knowing me, I’ll still indulge the occasional rant, but I’m focusing more on recovery and healing, which includes transcending the throes of disease.
So many others have already written excellent blog posts that I don’t need to add anything to what’s already been said and said so well. Without further ado, I’ve posted links to some of the blog posts that hit the target. Just a few of my favorites are:
Why is Breast Cancer the Shopping Disease Anyway? by Nancy of Nancy’s Point
National No Bra Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month… by Cancer in my Thirities. This post has gone viral, and for good reason. She nails it.
Read the last few posts by Kathi of the Accidental Amazon.
What Breast Cancer Awareness Should Mean by Diane.
Scorchy at the Sarcastic Boob simply boycotts it. Yay, Scorchy!
What was I thinking?! Marie at Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer has put together some great roundups of blog posts addressing this month. Check out the last three roundups, or more! Her blog is a wonderful resource. Truly a one-stop shop.
Finally, Telling Knots has hosted various guest posts during the month dedicated to discussing Pinktober issues.
‘Til next time. Now to put my head, well, not in the sand — more like another planet. Being an alien becomes me.