Posted at 10:30 AM Mar 22, 2010
By Andrea Grimes
Breast cancer awareness is always great, right? Who doesn't believe that encouraging people to think about and donate to this great cause is admirable in all forms? Well, feminists, for one. Specifically, feminists have a problem with the sexualization of breast cancer--the "save the titties" version of cancer awareness that reduces women to sexual organs who must be saved for their aesthetic value rather than viewing them as whole humans.
Which is why, when I was alerted to the existence of the "Generosititties" comedy show in New York City, I was less than enthused. Way, way less than enthused.
Here's a Generosititties promo bit:
Sure. Whatever gets people through the door. But wouldn't it be more interesting if what got people through the door was hilarious women telling great jokes for a great cause, not hilarious women taking their tops off as a publicity stunt? You can't even argue that the end result is the same--that it's all just raising money and awareness, so no panty-wadding allowed. Because the end result of the topless show is that women can, will and should take their tops off if they really want someone (men) to listen to them. And that's detrimental to all women, everywhere.