Tomorrow is October 1st…the first day of October..or Pinktober. Breast cancer awareness month. The stores are already filling up with everything pink. I suppose this can be considered a good thing…..it prompts people to purchase pink items in the support of breast cancer research. But I really have to wonder how much is actually donated.
I have another issue with Pinktober. The t-shirts that say things like:
Save a Rack
Save Second Base
I’m a breast man
Save the Hooters
After going through a bilateral mastectomy and 5 months of chemotherapy, I do not exactly see these sayings as supportive. I fought and won. I lost my breasts, but I am alive. Where are the t-shirts that say something about a life saved rather than something insinuating that I have lost a vital part of my body and am now not “whole”?
Breast cancer awareness is important. But do we really have to sexualize everything in order to bring awareness?