If you haven’t noticed from all the pink items in promotion from some of your favorite brands, It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yes there is some shade in that statement, ok there’s a lot of shade. It’s all about the Benjamin’s for most business’, one can’t help but notice that the focus has shifted from the patients that are at risk, affected or survivors of this terrible disease to one of a monetary/marketing gain. Yes they prey and take advantage of people’s genuine concern but hey what’s new?. The real harm is in the misinformation. Once it hits October everyone is “aware”, but little attention is drawn to the actual epidemic, the emotional impact this disease has on those affected, and ways we as a society can directly start a change.
The only two places women have no issue with fat are their ass and their breasts. Women love our curves. Curves help women to feel empowered and better about themselves that’s why millions are spent on breast lifts, breast augmentation, Brazilian butt lifts and implants. As an older woman it is hard to go thru and deal with this body altering process, now imagine a young lady in her 20’s or 30’s who is diagnosed. With the pressure that society has put on women in general to be “body perfect” social media has intensified more.
We see memes circulating mocking women who are less endowed on top referring them to and below. We do see memes of males, but men do not walk around with their penis’ out, or their silhouette constantly on display to the public unless they wear sweats 24/7, it is easy for a man to hide what he is or isn’t “packing”. Some are unaffected by this and can laugh it off, but others aren’t mentally as strong. Deny it if you want, but society has become very shallow and superficial in general and the psychological effects can be great causing one to spiral into a depression. Not only are you battling a potentially terminal illness, but you also have your regular day-to-day responsibilities and that which comes with life to deal with.
Over my career the increase in young women that have been diagnosed and died from this disease that I have come in contact with has dramatically increased, again I’m talking from my own personal experiences. Cosmetics is a major part of any young ladies regime, yet many of the products that are produced by these monopoly corporations contain toxic chemicals that have been proven to put us women at risk. So how do we protest and protect ourselves you ask, simple stop using items that contain these same chemicals bringing us women harm. Once they start to see the shift in their pockets, that will gain their attention and cause change.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so be aware and start paying attention to what you put in and on your body.