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  •  Women are smart, not stupid children (1+ / 0-)
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    La Gitane

    They can handle the reality of breast cancer. The "awareness" problem that was addressed in the 1970's wasn't because women didn't want to face breast cancer, it was because no one wanted to talk about it, period.

    We're aware of breast cancer now.  These "awareness" campaigns today are only about cashing in. They have no benefit to patients, the public, health care or research.  Just crass commercialism.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:06:37 PM PDT

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    •  The one in question was actually a fraud, iirc. (3+ / 0-)
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      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:57:43 PM PDT

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    •  Well, the girls in the case were, in fact (1+ / 0-)
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      children at the time (and maybe still are?). Upthread, Batya the Toon pointed out that the campaign prioritizes breasts over the women attached to them. Which is, admittedly, not the best message to send. Does it make the girls wearing the bracelets bad people because they didn't pick the proper way to express their support?

      Besides the specific campaign in question (which someone below has posted was a fraud? Which is sad and awful and should be stopped), I maintain that  humor and inappropriateness is going to be part and parcel of an ongoing societal conversation. And it is those inappropriate voices who will help to raise up some of the harder questions

      And not to put too fine of a point on it, but women's health issues, as we've clearly seen in abortion and birth control, are not something we can afford to lessen vigilance on. In the 60's and 70's birth control was addressed, too. Yet we still have forces actively fighting to keep people from accessing them, and spreading ignorance and misinformation. There's a new generation of kids growing up with worse sex education than the previous ones. I don't think it's a bad thing to keep awareness going.

      Now, if the campaigns or slogans or whatever are not putting their money where their cheap rubber bracelets are, that is a separate problem. One which could be addressed by maintaining awareness through more appropriate channels.

      How does the Republican Congress sit down with all the butthurt over taxing the wealthy?

      by athenap on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 02:29:28 PM PDT

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      •  Couple of things (1+ / 0-)
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        Breast cancer awareness is no longer necessary.  Everyone is aware of the problem of breast cancer now.

        Vigilance of this type shouldn't be marketed to young women or girls.  It's counterproductive and can be harmful, as I pointed out elsewhere.

        Vigilance to end breast cancer is still very strong and much more focused these days.  That said, its focused primarily on research advocacy and access to quality health care.  Ergo, there's no point in marketing breast cancer vigilance to young girls.

        You are correct, the companies who sell these products do not donate money to research or any other cause.  They plainly state the purpose is to "raise awareness".  They're free to sell their wares to girls and girls are free to wear it, but perhaps the best kind of awareness that we can pass along to them is the need to be respectful of people who are victims of this disease.

        Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

        by Betty Pinson on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 03:51:50 PM PDT

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