Posted February 10th, 2009 by Jane

Thanks to Bahons2 from the Breast Cancer Care site for posting about this dreadful e-mail doing the rounds:

“Hiya, this one’s for you

This is the cutest breast cancer email I have ever received.

A small request:

All you are asked to do is keep this circulating. Even if it’s to one more person. In memory of anyone you know that has been struck down by cancer or is still living with it.

Dear God, I pray for the cure of breast cancer. Amen

A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting Another Candle. Please Keep This
Candle Going!”

This was followed by a picture of baby girl aged about a year wearing pink shorts and a white T-shirt bearing the words ‘FIND A CURE BEFORE I GROW BOOBS’ in pink.

Below this was another picture of several lighted white candles and a bunch of white flowers. (Think Diana’s funeral).

Just another example of how campaigning about breast cancer often serves to infantilise women. Wrapped up with this too is a bit of tasteless religion, with the barely disguised notion that cancer is probably God’s fault and therfore ‘God’ can cure it too.

As Bahons2 says it would be unthinkable to receive an e-mail about prostate cancer with a picture of a baby boy saying: FIND A CURE BEFORE MY BALLS DROP.