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As a woman I don't think its the best idea ever to use this format to raise breast cancer awareness and funds. Maybe if they showed the scars left on a woman's chest after a mastectomy it might encourage more women to get preventative checkups and more folks to kick in a little money for research. But a boob show? No matter how tasteful, its still a boob show.
If this was for cervical cancer would they have a (you fill in the blank) show?
ďall art pieces must be respectable. Pornography will not be accepted, pushing the boundaries will be at the artistís own risk.Ē
I read that part toledolen. Respectable, no pornography, no pushing the boundaries. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It STILL a boob show. Tell you what, how about a "celebrating men's prostate" show? Why do you have to show boobs in some art form to bring to attention breast cancer?
Gosh, I guess studying art history as a minor in college I never thought of the "female form" as obscene. I'm a woman. Breasts are part of a woman's female identity. Breast cancer attacks breasts. Art celebrating that very human aspect... I just don't see the problem.
Not a boob show at all, it's a celebration of the feminine form. In my mind that entails much more than the female breast.
I had an idea for an entry, unfortunately sometimes the glass wins and not me. And there wasn't a single boob in the concept.
Obscene was your word choice not mine, toledolen. The organizers of the event felt it necessary to place some caveats because at least somebody on their board saw where this could go. Waving the affected body part, or waving the "feminine form", to get breast cancer to stand out from all the rest of the serious diseases that clamor for attention and money is tacky, even if the "art" isn't.
I saw one of these shows done elsewhere. That they gave bras to breast cancer survivors and had the women decorate them. A few women cut out one side of the bra to represent their loss. It was deep, and from the hnads of survivors had more meaning. Some where joyful, some just crazy, others very sobering.
Also - I find nothing offensive about this show. I think they could have had a deeper and more thoughtful angle....all the same art is art.
Hurray for boobies!
I could see where someone could cross into the tacky/tasteless side given the subject matter. But I liked the breast casts on the link upso provided - pretty cool idea.
(My mom is an 8 year breast cancer survivor who recently discovered bone metastasis.)
This may have been considered crass in 1910, but according to my calendar it's 2010. I certainly don't see the "tacky" in any of this.
To be clear, I said that I could see where someone could cross into the tacky/tasteless side with the subject matter. Not that I thought the entire concept was tacky.
Yep, I got that. My comment was directed towards holland.
But regardless, everyone has differing levels of comfort when it comes to the body. I respect holland's feelings on this.
I don't have any problem with events like this or the Race for the Cure. What I don't like is how this noble cause has been turned into a marketing extravaganza for large corporations. When I was in Kroger tonight, the whole store was awash in pink. Everything from Doritos to yogurt was pink. I think I even saw that KFC had pink buckets of chicken.
A couple of thoughts:
1) Agree with the "commercialization" comment. This applies to more than breast cancer, but that is the most egregious (to me) example.
2) It's funny how focusing on women's breasts (or their bodies in general) can be condemned as sexist, but tie it into a "worthy cause" and a free pass is given. Ends justify the means? Sometimes I wonder...
As the loving Husband of a 10 year B.C. survivor, I am with Holland. We donate our charity money every year to Susan Koman.
And we don't need this kind of reminder of one of the most devistating forms of cancer there is. Our lives were changed forever and will never be the same as before the B.C..
This disease affects wives, mothers, sisters, daughters and aunts of men who's natural instinct is to take the bullet. With B.C., you can't step in front of the gun and take the bullet. Any way you look at it.... It sucks and I hate it that after all the crap we spend money on in this country, there's still no cure.
The Susan G Komen Northwest Ohio foundation is a wonderful organization-they fund extremely necessary programs throughout the Toledo area. In fact, I used to work for the YWCA of Greater Toledo Breast Care Aware program which helps underserved/uninsured women in Lucas County receive mammograms and support when diagnosed. I am all for any efforts to support breast cancer research and/or a cure.
This pink nonsense drives me batty. There's nothing "pinky pretty" about cancer. Just tell the truth for God's sake.
Stick up a billboard of a woman's chest with a great big scar where her breast used to be. That should make any woman pick up the phone and schedule a mammogram. Catch it early. Save your life. If you're lucky, you might even save some of your breast. It's really just that simple.
What dont pink make you feel touchy feely good about yourself? I agree a big billboard of a bare chested woman after a double mastectomy would be very effective.
Umm, me thinks a picture of a chest after a mastectomy may not pass on a bag of chips. The pink is VERY effective, thatís why they use it. Same reason for others using different colored ribbons and images, logos, etc. Itís like anything else that needs advertisement. The Komen website is always available for suggestions though.
The Komen website is always available for suggestions though.
Available? or open to?
Available would make it sound as if they are there to give out suggestions or information on how it should be done.
As far as effective a shocking visual works very well also. Seem to remember pictures of polar bears resting on ice flows as an example. (even though that picture was debunked by its original photographer if i recall)