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Awareness Bracelets

Rubber Bracelets, promoting Cancer Awareness one preteen boy at a time

By Chris Jordan

I first noticed these bracelets on the wrists of my son’s middle school friends.

You love boobies, huh?

Lots of snickering from the backseat of the car.

It’s for breast cancer awareness.

Uh, huh. And you really care about breast cancer awareness, right?

Again, lots of snickering.

My son tells me that at school many of the teachers make them flip the bracelets over because they feel they are inappropriate.

And shockingly, I agree with those teachers.

There have been numerous stories in the news lately about schools banning the bracelets and people suing the school districts for infringing on their freedom of expression, which is also something I don’t quite understand. It’s school and there are rules. And dress codes. And you abide by them. People are upset because the bracelets are promoting breast cancer awareness. The same people are making the false analogy that if you don’t support the bracelets, you do not support breast cancer awareness, therefore you don’t care about those who have breast cancer.

I think that we are all aware by now. I mean can’t we agree on that point at least? I don’t know that there is anyone who is not aware of breast cancer. It has it’s own ribbon, and month, and the color pink.

But.

Where are the I love colons bracelets? Or, I love lungs? Or, I love prostates? Hell, what about I love skin? I mean who doesn’t love skin? It’s so handy holding all of our guts inside like that.

It bothers me that something serious is being sexualized. That women are being reduced to the parts that appeal to men under the guise of promoting cancer awareness.

I have insight into the tween/teen boy mind. I have a few of ’em. And I know their friends. And they do all love boobies. And they care about breast cancer about as much as they care about anything that is serious, out of their comfort zone, and doesn’t affect them. Which is to say, not all that much. But boobies, those they love.

But I have to wonder if they were all wearing I love prostate bracelets, would they be joking about giving free exams? I highly doubt it.

These are my rambling thoughts regarding these bracelets. I have been mulling it all over in my mind for a couple weeks. Everyone I have mentioned it to in real life has sort of shrugged and not had any sort of impassioned response. So Internet, you never let me down by withholding your opinions, tell me, what do you think about the I love boobies bracelets?

Published November 19, 2010. Last updated June 25, 2018.
Chris Jordan
About the Author

Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children. Yes, the...

Chris Jordan began blogging at Notes From the Trenches in 2004 where she writes about her life raising her children in Austin, Texas.

Oh, she has seven of them. Yes, children.
Yes, they are all hers.
No she’s not Catholic or Mormon. Though she wouldn’t mind having a sister-wife because holy hell the laundry never stops.
Yes, she finally figured out what causes it. That’s why her youngest is almost 6.
Yes, she has a television.

She enjoys referring to herself in the third person.

If you would like to submit a question for Chris to answer publicly, please do so to adviceforparentsoftweens[at]gmail[dot]com.

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