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Old 09-12-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
 
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Default I Love Boobies Bracelets

are you offended by them?

they're rubber bracelets that say 'I ♥ Boobies' on them and are being sold by the Keep a Breast foundation to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Some teachers at my school don't like them and say they're inappropriate. What do you think?
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I think they're inappropriate for work or school. I get they're for a good cause, but you know what? You can show support for a good cause in a way that doesn't use slang for body parts.

I wear a pink plastic bracelet in support of my husband's cousin who is a breast cancer survivor. It says "Eradicate Breast Cancer" on one side and "Texas Tough Gal" on the other, with her name and nickname on the inside.

If it had the word "boobies" or any other slang for a body part on it I wouldn't wear it.
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Not offended by them, but not appropriate for school.
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I'm curious, why aren't they appropriate for school? because of the word boobies? would having it say breasts be more appropriate?
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I'm curious, why aren't they appropriate for school? because of the word boobies? would having it say breasts be more appropriate?
They're inappropriate because of the word boobies, yes. And yes, if the bracelet said breasts that would be fine.

Just my opinion, of course.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:06 PM   #6
 
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Its sexually suggestive, and that's not appropriate for school.

Breasts would be no better.

Again, no issues with the actual bracelet (the concept was to raise awareness of breast cancer in teens and it has worked well....if not just for the status of wearing the bracelet, it gets kids talking), just not appropriate for school.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:15 PM   #7
 
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ah..I understand. I just think that high school kids can make anything sexually suggestive...a bracelets not gonna make much of a difference.

and I'm pretty sure lots of kids buy it just for the shock value. I'm alright with that, because it's still a donation and it's raising awareness.
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I'm offended by it.

I like boobs. So do, y'know, a lot of other people. But I think there are reasons to care about women's lives beyond the fact that women have boobs. If people disagree, they can wear bracelets that say "I love my walking sex toys." It's ridiculously misogynistic.

Not to mention that a lot of men get breast cancer, too. This isn't ovarian cancer or something.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:21 PM   #9
 
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Anything sexually suggestive is a distraction in a learning/working environment, even if it's for a good cause.
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I'm offended by this slogan/foundation, and wouldn't give them a dime, even though it's a good cause. They can raise money and awareness without the misogynistic and demeaning baby-talk.
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I think the slogan is actually counter-productive to what they're trying to achieve.

To raise breast cancer awareness, I would think you'd want to emphasize that breasts are NOT just sexual or for the pleasure of men... but this slogan plays to the opposite of that.

Seeing breasts as primarily sexual stops some women from being comfortable breast feeding (which greatly lowers breast cancer rates) or from taking action that can save their lives (don't want to lose a breast or part of one because they won't be "sexy" any more) or from thinking it is important to monitor the health of their breasts. And of course men and their attitudes are a big part of this. I don't think the problem with breast cancer is people not loving breasts, it's people not seeing the full spectrum of what breasts are and overly sexualizing them.

So the foundation might make a little money but is also spreading ignorance at the same time - how pointless.

I wouldn't want it in my school if I were a teacher, not because the word "boobies" is inappropriate in a sexual way but because it is demeaning and childish, as RCW said.
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I could easily high school boys having a field day over those bracelets. Yeah, good intentions maybe, but those, as they say.. pave the road the hell.
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Its sexually suggestive, and that's not appropriate for school.

Breasts would be no better.

Again, no issues with the actual bracelet (the concept was to raise awareness of breast cancer in teens and it has worked well....if not just for the status of wearing the bracelet, it gets kids talking), just not appropriate for school.
I agree that it's inappropriate and use of the word breasts instead of boobies wouldn't be much better. I think it's in poor taste and they could find a much better tagline to get kids' attention and support the cause. It's really silly imo, and I'd find it hard to take it seriously.
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Old 09-13-2010, 10:16 AM   #14
 
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At the breast cancer walk everyone had shirts like that 'Save the Boobies' or 'Save the Ta Tas'

Or my personal favorite: 'Save Second Base!'
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At the breast cancer walk everyone had shirts like that 'Save the Boobies' or 'Save the Ta Tas'

Or my personal favorite: 'Save Second Base!'


I really hate the turn breast cancer fundraising has taken.
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I am SO glad to see this thread. It has really validated my feelings about a date I had a while back. I met my date at the chosen restaurant and he was sporting a bracelet that said "Boobies Make Me Smile." I told him how offensive, immature and inappropriate I thought it was. This "man" proceeded to tell me how uptight I was and that I was lacking in the humor department because he had a friend who had had breast cancer and his 10 year old daughter both thought his bracelet was funny...
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But I think there are reasons to care about women's lives beyond the fact that women have boobs. If people disagree, they can wear bracelets that say "I love my walking sex toys." It's ridiculously misogynistic.
Exactly. This is the same reason that "Save the Ta-Tas" bumper stickers make my skin crawl. Not "save women's lives." Just save their ta-tas. Ugh.

Amneris wrote:

Seeing breasts as primarily sexual stops some women from being comfortable breast feeding (which greatly lowers breast cancer rates) or from taking action that can save their lives (don't want to lose a breast or part of one because they won't be "sexy" any more) or from thinking it is important to monitor the health of their breasts. And of course men and their attitudes are a big part of this. I don't think the problem with breast cancer is people not loving breasts, it's people not seeing the full spectrum of what breasts are and overly sexualizing them.

Totally agree here, too. I didn't see your post before I posted.

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I always saw it as liberating personally, taking breast cancer from the hush hush medical world to the real everyday world--were people call breasts boobs, ****, tatas, golden mambas, ect.

But I get where everyone else is coming from. It reminds me of the 'stripping for yourself' thread we had a while back, where some people thought it empowering and others thought it showed that women were internalizing their sexualization (did I get the phrase right?)
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I am definitely not offended by the bracelet! After finding out 2 years ago that I was cancer free I take pride in the phrase!! I Boobies!! I just don't approve of it being taken out of context and made into something sexual!!
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I love them, as well as the entire "Save the Ta-tas" campaign. But then, I also loathe the word "breasts" so that's no surprise. When I hear "breasts" I think of people overintellectualizing and heaping seriousness on some random fleshy protuberances which are, I am full aware, *both* sexual and biologically pragmatic. I don't think you can separate one from the other with boobs -- it's not more important that they be sexual, neither is it more important that they be regarded as a food source for infants. I don't think that putting them on a pedestal, sexual or intellectual, has any point whatsoever, and I take them about as seriously (in their physical form) as my buttcheeks. They're pretty and squishy and fun to play with and, yes, they're attractive and if I had a kid they'd be useful. I don't understand why people, particularly women, feel so compelled to imbue them with greater profundity than any other body part, and I love that the boobies and tatas campaigns relieve them of their 24/7 seriousness. While breast cancer certainly *is* serious, it seems to me that boobs needed to be liberated from the semantics of a particularly nasty affliction.

And I certainly don't presume that someone with a "Save the boobies/tatas" bumper sticker would be ok with some disembodied **** in a jar of formaldehyde, unbothered by the death of the owner of said ****.
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