Tempering skepticism.


You might have noticed that I haven’t mentioned Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Why? Because I think it’s a load of hooey. Health, including breast health, should always be a priority.

Parliament and the White House were lit up in pink this month, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney wore garish pink suits to the last debate, but to what end? Is funding for actual, helpful research being increased in either country? Nope, but pink is sooooo pretty and is increasing awareness! It makes people feel better!

I don’t need a pink cowboy hat to remind me that breast cancer is fucking awful, ruins (and ends) lives, and that marketing companies and governments are okay with not addressing the reality of the situation; research isn’t progressing nearly as fast it should given that Breast Cancer charities have raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the last two decades. Shouldn’t some more significant progress have been made towards understanding this collection of diseases?

Long-time readers of this blog will know that I don’t think pink-packaged mushrooms and Kleenex boxes are doing a damned thing to cure cancer, nor are they making anyone more ‘aware’ of anything except that marketing pink things is really, really easy. A more ambitious version of me would write to every company putting out a ridiculous pinkified product to ask a) how much money are you actually donating? and b) what you donating it to specifically?

But because I haven’t done this, here’s some more information about Breast Cancer Action, a group working to debunk and fight against hypocrisy AND cancer, two of my least favourite things.

Speaking of breast cancer being crap, the wonderful Tig Notaro is going to be on Q tomorrow (Tuesday). You should check it out.

Answers to yesterday’s quiz:
Round 1:

1. d) Babies have approximately 300 bones. (The dad-to-be disputed this, saying that, although they are not totally fused, all the growth plates are attached by some tissue and shouldn’t not be considered single bones. Ah well. He wasn’t playing anyway.)

2. c) Yikes.

3. c) This included 16 sets of twins, 7 sets of triplets, and 4 sets of quadruplets

4. d) Also yikes. http://www.reference.com/motif/health/longest-human-pregnancy-on-record

5. c) Elizabeth Ann Buttle gave birth to a daughter in 1956 and a son in 1997.

Round 2

1. Pink

2. Madison

3. Queen Victoria

4. In a cage. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178140/Baby-taking-room-Try-solution-1930s–window-CAGE-hanging-air-infant-crawl-in.html

5. Jessamyn

Round 3

1. T

2. T. Her middle names are Thin Muffin.

3. T

4. T

5. F

6. F. Her name is Memphis

7. T

8. T

9. T, poor girl.

10. F. His name is Tennessee

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