Post # 1
I’ve seen debate mounting about the “I love boobies” bracelets especially in schools. Most schools are defending the students’ right to wear the bracelets which I understand. But do you think the 14 year old boys in my classroom want to support breast cancer research or wear the word “boobies” on their wrist?
Google “sexualizing breast cancer” and you will see a mounting backlash against these recent campaigns. Another is “Save the ta-tas.”
I’m a bit on the fence. My mom and aunt are survivors and have the BRCA2 gene (which means I likely do too – just haven’t tested yet). But my general sense is that it is a distraction from the real issue of cancer and that there are better ways to raise money.
Post # 3
I don’t have a strong opinion on this (never considered it before this post), but my gut reaction says 2 things: 1) money is money, and 2) 14 year old boys aren’t going to support cancer research no matter what. 14 year old boys are still in that fuzzy happy bubble of childhood where you think you’re invincible, and the only thing that matters is girls. I guess I’d rather see them wearing something that says ‘boobies’ and at least has a connection to something good, than just thinking about boobies all day.
Post # 4
@ddw: Good point. And in high school it’s been less of a newsworthy issue. But what about elementary or middle school. Still ok?
Post # 5
I don’t like it. It trivializes the seriousness of these illnesses and objectifies women further. It makes women’s breasts a source of sexuality, rather than what it is biologically there for. It totally neglects the fact that men also can have breast cancer. I don’t like it at all.
Post # 6
Kids don’t really support causes. Even if the bracelets said “Cure Breast Cancer” and were only worn by girls, it would be more likely because they are pink, not because a 14 year old is compassionate about the cause.
I think anything that gets kids thinking about something besides themselves is a good thing. And yeah, most kids will probably wear them and giggle. “Haha, boobies.” But maybe when they get older and want to join a cause it will be something they consider first because they were introduced to it first.
Conversely, if I were a Prostate Cancer Society person, I may be jealous that “I love balls” bracelets are probably never going to be allowed. But then again, they avoided going there. And look how little money they are raising…
Post # 7
@beekiss2: I know this is an exaggeration, but could we have an “I love penises” campaign to support prostate cancer? I don’t see that happening.
Post # 8
@MightySapphire: I guess we were posting at the same time! I love balls sound a lot better…
Post # 9
I hadn’t really considered it prior to this post before, but it’s a very interesting thought. I don’t think it was the intent of those behind the campaign to sexualize cancer, but I can see how it’s happening.
I also agree with @beekiss2: that it neglects how many men get breast cancer. My great grandfather died from it, and I don’t think it’s talked about enough. I also think that other forms of cancer don’t get as much recognition. That doesn’t mean breast cancer shouldn’t get the recognition it does, but I think other forms of cancer should be just as supported.
Post # 10
I voted that money is money. The money is being used for a good cause and the intent isn’t to cause harm or trivialize the issue. I lost my gmom and an aunt to cancer in the last couple of years. I have an aunt that is dealing with chemo right now (found another cancerous tumor AFTER she had a mastectomy). I think everyone knows that cancer is serious and takes MANY lives…I just think that the bracelets, t-shirts, and cute slogans are a way to try to keep the cause in the public eye.
Post # 11
My cousin’s 14 yo son wears one and knows exactly what it’s for. I think if kids know what it’s for, then there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be wearing them. If they don’t know and want one, I think it’s a great conversation starter to what they’re about.
At my cousin’s son’s private school, they make the kids turn the bracelets inside out if they want to wear them.
FWIW – I see no reason why someone couldn’t come up with “Feel Your Balls” bracelets to support testicular cancer. I’d let my kids wear either as long as they understood what the bracelets were about.
Post # 12
I, too, had not really considered this until reading this post. But I like the point that 14 y/os aren’t going to be supporting much of anything, and maybe things like this will get them interested for when they do grow up and are able to empathize with/support causes. I vote money is money.
Post # 13
I think the bracelets create an awareness that may not otherwise be there. They may not start wearing the bracelets for the “right” reason; however, I think in the longterm, they will. Also, most kids are very much aware of what is going on, so I think that they should be able to wear them.
Post # 14
This is disturbing. The point is to help develop research and find a cure for a deadly threat and make people aware, not raise awareness for the idea that men love boobs. It causes a disconnect and misdirects the care in my opinion. People shouldn’t just care because they like sexual parts of women. Can you imagine if we wore “I love nut sacks” for test. cancer?
Post # 15
I think that these campaigns have been doing a great job to raise funds and awareness from young people. I am a huge supporter of breast cancer research as my grandmother is a survivor.
And to counter any arguments that we would never see any equivalent on the men’s side: on my college campus, one of the fraternities would raise money for men’s health each year by selling candy in a “Nuts for Nuts” fundraiser (or something like that).
Post # 16
I voted that money is money. But I am also a school teacher at an elementary school and I will admit that there is something weird about my 6-year-old boys wearing those bracelets. I do however have a female student who is 8 years old who wears those bracelets and actually does support and fund raise for cancer. She does horse races and sells the bracelets in honor of her aunt who passed away with breast cancer. I guess I am a little torn. I do think that kids can support causes (That got brought up in this thread).