i thought LGBT was a sandwich
Lettuce, Glitter, Bacon, Tomato?
Lettuce, Bacon, Garlic, Tomato
“Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. It has got to be a priority to ensure that more women can access gene testing and lifesaving preventive treatment, whatever their means and background, wherever they live. The cost of testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2, at more than $3,000 in the United States, remains an obstacle for many women.”
Jolie claims, in her stilted Op-Ed in The New York Times, that she wants to “bring awareness” to breast cancer, and specifically expensive screening tests which can calculate one’s likelihood of getting it. Ah, that old chestnut! When one can’t be arsed to do shit, make a statement and “bring awareness” to something. The Susan G Komen foundation, the Pink Ribbon Brigade and its horrendous pink walks designed to raise money for expensive and ultimately ineffective breast cancer “cures” at the expense of examining prevention highlight the absolute inefficacy of “raising awareness” as a means of combating a disease or reducing one’s risk of carrying it. The problem is, Jolie herself seems utterly unaware of what carrying the BRAC1 gene, and what having a high probability of breast cancer, means for most women in the US. She writes: “I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.”
Really, Angelina? You honestly think that the 27 million (20%) of women in the US who don’t have health care, and the 77% who apparently have it, but still have to forego care because they can’t afford it even with insurance — you think that your Op Ed is actually going to do anything for these women except remind them that they don’t have access to the expensive screening tests you seem to think people don’t undertake simply because they haven’t read your article?
[…] No, Angelina, it does not remain an obstacle for “many women” in the United States. It remains an obstacle for most women in the United States. Why don’t you raise our awareness of your own overpriced, privileged medical treatment a little more, and continue to NOT raise awareness of any actual fact? Facts like ashkenazi Jewish women have a higher chance of carrying the BRAC1 and 2 mutations than other ethnic groups? Facts like double mastectomies are not always the most effective way of preventing breast cancer for at risk individuals, and that other treatments – surgeries, screenings, monitoring, medication – are available and can be more more appropriate depending on a woman’s specific case? What about highlighting the other affordable and effective ways women can keep an eye on their health – through free Pap smears, breast exams and mammograms provided by their local Planned Parenthood? Why don’t you acknowledge that many breast cancer deaths could have been prevented by free and available access not only to screening tests, but to Pap smears, mammograms and cancer treatment? Why don’t you write about the charities out there who are striving to provide women with affordable treatment in the US – like the Breast Cancer Relief Foundation? Why don’t you “raise awareness” of the fact 40% more black women are likely to die of breast cancer than white women, that black women are more likely to get more aggressive cancers, and be denied access to healthcare due to their socio-economics?
Let’s all dogpile on the woman who just had a major fucking medical procedure in the hopes of avoiding dying of cancer because obviously she is the one who is responsible for the systematic injustices of a health care system driven by the profit motive.
Like it’s not enough that men are acting as though Jolie having her breasts removed was a personal insult to them. We need this too.
Okay, she wrote a shitty article while dealing with the specter of her children watching her dying of cancer the same way she watched her own mother dies, I don’t know, guys - I’m pretty sure anything I produced under the same conditions would be “stilted” too. I imagine it’s sort of a stressful situation.
And you know, it’s possible to critique the shortcomings of Jolie’s article without targeting her like this. She’s not the one who’s responsible for the high price tag on genetic testing or for the lack of access to adequate health care that so many people face.
That’s the fault of a for-profit health care system, and - in the bigger picture - capitalism.
and oh wait, what are we doing now? HAVING THIS CONVERSATION
one day i will completely hash out how bitterness as an insult is more potent as an attack against women then it is against men.
and i think a lot of it has to do with the thought that women are irrational and if we have been hurt by a man and justly place blame on that man (I.E not blame herself for how someone else treated her) then she is damaged goods.
i feel like it ties into the virginity complex. untainted by men so the naivete leaves a woman open and accepting of whatever “he” has to offer.
and the alternative to a woman untainted is the woman who blames herself/ says “boys will be boys”.
a bitter woman is an experienced woman. a bitter woman is a woman that isn’t here for your shit and she can see the warning signs within the first few moments of interacting with you.
but worse of all, a bitter woman will turn you down and hold you accountable for what you’ve done *along with what she has done.
i feel like ultimately a bitter woman can tell the difference between someone worth learning with and someone who is just there for the ride. and that scares some men because that means she is unavailable to be used. something many men feel is their God given right.
i see bitter being used against men like they are petty. bitter for women means she is damaged and nothing she says is worth listening to.
*i have never met a woman who hasn’t thought about everything she has done in a relationship that may have contributed to it falling apart. even if she was being abused. i’m not saying that women who don’t think about their contributions in the relationship don’t exist though.
Someone requested a post of all of the current Strong Female Characters, so here you go.
oh I want all of this so badly
Cleopatraiarchy: Look, you have to understand that if 2 people are consenting adults,...
Look, you have to understand that if 2 people are consenting adults, then they can do whatever they like to each other.
And if you think otherwise I’m gonna need you to sit the fuck down and shut up before I sell your organs on the blackmarket for your ignorance.
I genuinely don’t give a flying…
Provided they’re in private or in front of other consenting adults in their own space. I shouldn’t fancy having one of my guests defecate upon another of my guests while they were on my premises.
I’m not a misandrist but if a man plays video games then he should just expect to get messages asking him to show pics of his dick. Everyone knows video games are for women.
Show us your junk or fucking get back outside and finish mowing the lawn, who even let you in the house
THE GRILL’S NOT GONNA LIGHT ITSELF
Did I say you could stop fixing the car?
Where’s my steak?
You don’t even need to look at the Bechdel test, there’s barely any male characters to talk about or to, anyway.
It consistently pro contraceptives and it would be pro choice is there was a safe option.
It’s constantly bashes the male centric point of view and says to hell with any notion of male entitlement
Oh and it’s set in the late 1950s and it’s almost all real stories
In series 1, we saw Jenny - in the first episode - and Chummy - in episode two - inducted into the world of Nonnatus House with greetings to all present residents, introductions to all the cake tins, and a round tour of their trusty medical bag, which holds everything they need to carry out ther work as a midwife. (Says Heidi, so it’s as good as gospel.) The bottom image is borrowed from CtM’s facebook page, and shows the tools/props used on the show. Already then, Chummy was befuddled over some of the contents; imagine if she had encountered the above, which illustrates the instruments and the midwife’s medical bag from 1911 (from the RCM blog).
Base By: Jahrenesis