Friday, January 08, 2010

The Old Boy's Club

What is breast cancer in men?

Detailed guide: breast cancer in men

Breast cancer in men

Shaft? He's a bad mother------ who is a survivor

Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group Kiss, is a survivor

Now, why the links? What am I so angry about? I am angry because the general public is led to believe that breast cancer is solely a women's health issue. I am angry because the pink ribbons and pink M&M's and commercials populated solely by women lead men to believe that this is something that won't directly affect their health, therefore, they don't need to worry about it. I am angry because the P.R. firms in charge of marketing breast cancer awareness are sending a subtle message that a man't death from breast cancer just doesn't matter.

But it DOES matter. And it isn't because I like Peter Criss' work with Kiss, and it isn't because Richard Roundtree made classic blaxploitation movies in the 70's. There are plenty of stories at of ordinary men who thought that "this can't happen to me."

But it can. And it does. And it doesn't have to.