I hate breast cancer awareness campaigns in general. Some are good and actually raise awareness. For an introduction of why I despise this let me introduce to you the shirts that 'raise money' for 'breast cancer research'
I hate you capitalism
Keep in mind that we are only raising awareness here not necessarily donating any profits. What the hell? Are people not aware? I really really believe they are aware. The things these shirts say about about breasts are what I would expect to come out of a very precocious 12 year old boy's mouth. Really, boobilicious?
Not to mention this lovely shirt that I saw that said "get your's checked or i'll do it for you" with the ribbon. Um what? You cannot grab my tits because I didn't get an exam, go away. The worse thing is that I do not think it raises awareness for cancer. Does anyone remember the relay for life? Instead of giving press or money to stuff like that, where money actually goes to research, we are buying dumb t-shirts and going HUE HUE HUE I'M SO CLEVER. Even worse we are completely ignoring other cancers that are extremely common and devastating as well.
According to this both Prostate and Lung Cancer have similar estimated cases and Colon and Lung Cancer result in more deaths than Breast Cancer. Did you know that September was Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and that the ribbon color is blue? I didn't until I googled it now because our society does not care as much for some really weird reason. I have yet to see a shirt say "Check your prostate checked or i'll finger your ass myself!!!" so why do we have it for breast cancer? After noticing this I refuse to buy anything related to breast cancer. Instead I will donate directly. Two foundations that caught my eye for the US are
86% of donations go to research and 91% goes to research, how much of what you buy in stores goes to research? If they even donate it is likely 5-15%. That is ridiculous. Instead of raising awareness about breast cancer this month I plan to raise awareness about these two organizations and how we should donate directly instead of feeding to corporate machine.