To be clear, raising money to increase awareness and find a cure for breast cancer is a great, important thing. But Susan G. Komen For The Cure, which lost all of my support when they pulled funding from Planned Parenthood, even though the women’s health organization provides vital breast cancer screenings to low-income women, continues to go to ridiculously gross lengths to pinkify the cause. As if pink handguns weren’t enough, Komen has teamed up with Baker Hughes, a major drilling services company involved in fracking, to make 1,000 pink drill bits, which Baker Hughes says is them “doing our ‘bit’ for the cure.” GET IT?! A Komen spokesperson explained the partnership “grew from Baker Hughes’ involvement in our Houston Race for the Cure” and that “the evidence to this point does not establish a connection between fracking and breast cancer.” [Salon]
This makes me want to dry heave. Destroy the environment FOR THE CURE! Carry pink weapons FOR THE CURE! Seriously, what will Susan G. Komen pinkify next? Because I have some ideas, ranked from bad to worst… Keep reading »
Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to squeeze their breasts together, stick his face between them, and, well, motorboat ‘em.
Unlike the rest of the Simple Pickup “pranks,” which range from videos of them harassing strangers at gay-pride parades to tips and advice for “guys like you” to “get laid” (ew), this one is seemingly not only harmless, but well-intentioned: they’ll donate $20 for every woman who lets them get on in there. They made $2,080, but this clip is little more than yet another installment in the growing case of taking Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turning it into a sexualized sham that’s more about letting weird dudes grab your tits than cancer prevention, and there’s no glory in that. In fact, some of Simple Pickup’s tougher online critics call for the group to be called out by law enforcement for sexual (and otherwise) harassment. No way, man, they’re just trying to help “guys like you” to “get laid,” right?! It’s totally honorable! [The Daily Dot]
Movember is over (thank GOD), so now, says Olay, it’s time for us ladies to put our facial hair to the test. In partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, they’ve introduced Defember, a pledge to defuzz your upper lip this month. If you take the pledge on Olay’s site, they’ll donate a dollar to the foundation. Okay, okay, we’re into it, but don’t expect us to start referring to our upper lip fuzz as our “misstaches” as Olay is advising. That’s just crazy talk. [Olay Facebook]
Today in facepalms: a chain of Christian bookstore called LifeWay are pulling copies of the Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible from their shelves after it learned that one of the organizations benefiting from the sales is Planned Parenthood. The bible is produced by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and $1 from each sale is donated to non-profit organizations that provide help breast cancer sufferers. Of course, Planned Parenthood is one of them. In fact, to assume that Planned Parenthood — the most well known non-profit sexual health clinics in the country — would not be among them was naive. Keep reading »