The strangest thing happened to me yesterday. I was contacted by a producer for the Canadian Broadcast Company channel one show The Current and asked to appear this morning to discuss my post “No More ‘Save the Tatas,’ Please.”
Then on Tuesday, Lisa Hix, in a post at Jezebel, gave my post at FF credit as inspiration for her writing about the topic of why breast-centered breast cancer awareness campaigns bother her. If I had to guess, I would say this was probably how The Current found me.
And so, at 5:30am this morning, I pulled myself out of bed and went to a local radio station and did my first ever national interview. I was extremely nervous and, of course, exhausted from the restless sleep, the early morning, and the endless rushes of adrenaline that had been coursing through my body since the producer confirmed that I would be on the show.
There was some technical difficulty – the headphones at the radio station didn’t work properly so instead of hearing everyone else through the headphones, I had to listen through a cell phone. This wasn’t a problem except that during the first answer I gave, someone was calling into the phone and it was beeping at me. There’s an awkward long pause mid-sentence because I thought the phone had hung up and I was unsure of what was going on. Alas, it was nothing. I survived. And then I ate. And then I slept.
I am very happy that we are having this conversation about the marketing used in breast cancer awareness campaigns.
- Saving the Boobies Will Not Save Me by Jazmine Walker at Still Furious and Still Brave
- Boobs > Women by Melissa McEwan at Shakesville (lots of wonderful links in this post)
- Think About Pink by Peggy Orenstein at NYT Magazine (I mentioned this in the CBC interview)
- Why “Save Second Base” Should Not Be Our Mantra by Anita Little at Ms Magazine’s blog
- The end is nigh. And the proof lies in Breast Cancer ‘Awareness’ Campaigns by Meghan Murphy at Feminist Current
- I Chose to Live As A Flat-Chested Woman After Breast Cancer by Melanie Testa at Role/Reboot
- Breast Cancer Awareness Bacon (Pinkwashing for Profit) by Lyla Cicero at Undercover in the Suburbs
- Trailer for the documentary Pinks Ribbons Inc.
- The SCAR Project (mentioned twice in the CBC interview)
- The Grace Project