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14 responses to “Three Examples of Rape Culture in Nice Guy(tm) Breast Cancer Activism”

  1. lilacsigil

    Oh, that’s truly horrible. Threat of sexual assault AND the idea that women are not responsible enough to look after their own bodies, but must be forced to act correctly by men (or the men will do it for them, ha ha ha). That’s NEVER happened in real life!

  2. koipond


    That’s such a huge fail. I also hate that 1950’s face that’s on all those ‘edgy’ shirts. Because we all know that referencing almost 60 years ago while taking about a women’s health issue totally shows a lack of understanding about anything.

    But it’s edgy, right? Right? Blech.

  3. shehasathree

    I am disgusted.

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  5. Linda Radfem

    Oh I see why that’s funny – they’re using cancer as an excuse for sexual assault. Comedy gold, that.

  6. Slave2TehTink

    What is this I don’t even–SERIOUSLY. Who thinks threats of sexual assault are flippin hilarious and a great way to show solidarity!?!

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  9. Nicole Rodovsky

    How about a counter-t-shirt which reads, “Check my breasts against my will and I will CHECK-MATE your balls.”

  10. Aydan

    I think we’ve had shirts like that distributed on my campus before, possibly for multiple years (though not this year). I’ll have to check. Unfortunately, here, very few people would even understand what was objectionable about them, but it’s still worth an email to make sure they won’t give them out next year either.

  11. Mike

    Umm…. hyperbole? Are you actually suggesting that these shirts have a correlative or causative effect on sexual assaults? This is just mind-numbingly dumb.

    [Methinks you need to do some reading on the basics of the concept of 'rape culture', seeing as you obviously don't understand it at all ~moderator]

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  13. sebastian

    I thought that the reason breast cancer was bad was because of potential for death.

    I mean, I know it’s not good for a woman’s self esteem (probably because of our culture) for her to lose her breasts, but, really, just boiling it down to “oh, noes, boobies” is really demeaning and objectifying.

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