Leave it to the Internet to make a breast cancer awareness campaign into a body shaming campaign… 😡 Body shaming is not ok, regardless of gender. It’s a crass and utterly unnecessary thing to do to another human being. We don’t need to make people hate their bodies; the media does that already.
I do think that there are better ways to raise awareness for beast cancer, though. In addition to be being considered ineffective or insensitive by some breast cancer sufferers (who this campaign is supposed to be about), this campaign is rather exclusionary for us ladies with bigger breasts because not wearing bras… Well, let’s just say that running to catch the bus would be interesting without support. 😗 😱😳 All you curvy ladies know what I mean!! 😄 Plus, some women just don’t like going braless. It can draw unwanted attention in the form of street harassment, leering gazes, not all women like to show their bodies that way, etc.
So participating in No Bra Day isn’t that practical or comfortable for some of us.
So maybe we could come up with a better campaign that everyone can participate in and that clearly directs people to donate (like the Ice Bucket challenge for ALS that raised lots of money and awareness!) And of course, sharing real stories of people dealing with the disease should be top on our list. After all, they’re the ones we’re doing this for, right?
Note: I have no moral objections to campaigns that include nudity; I love boobies. 😉 I just think a No Bra Day would better fit with the Free The Nipple campaign or to counter sexist double standards in body censorship, etc.