Cara has an excellent post on Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, both October. Yet somehow the breasts get all the attention. And, as Cara points out, it’s not necessarily the right kind of attention.
When was the last time you saw awareness of prostate or testicular cancer accompanied by photos of bulging pant fronts or hot guys in their underwear? Hopefully never. How screwed up are we that we will objectify women’s body parts even when those parts are harboring a grave illness?
She also points out that black women and older women, who are most likely to die from the disease, are not much noticed in these campaigns.
How far gone are we that we will ignore the bulk of victims — black women and women over 50 — to create a marketable story? Do we really only care about women’s health when we get to look at thin young white women while talking about it? How do “ideal” perceptions of sexiness and womanhood permeate even this?
Really useful and interesting reflections on what is reported, which fit nicely into discussions of how knowledge is created.