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Thursday, October 28, 2010
No, It's Not a Secret.
What are our feelings about the above advertisement? It was created by The Breast Cancer Fund in the United States, but was rejected by advertising spaces by Viacom "over fears that its depiction of mastectomy scars would prove to be too shocking to the public".
I think this brings up an interesting discussion. It is not uncommon for the fight against breast cancer to be over sexualized to get heterosexual men involved and interested in the cause.
Personally, I think the showing a picture of a scar is completely appropriate and something the average American woman should be exposed to. As a senior nursing major, I’ve seen final stage, full blown breast cancer (google images and then decide how “shocking” a scar is) and let me tell you, a mastectomy scar is not “too shocking”, even for the public. And let’s speak the truth here, it’s more often times than not the “shocking” stuff that get people to be concerned about their personal health. Why don’t we try and do our country some good and oh, I don’t know, ban harmful tobacco or alcohol advertisements?