Pinkwashing: the second chapter

Following up on my previous posts on pinkwashing (1 / 2 / 3)

Big- and small-c celebs donate their A-, B-, C- and D-cups for fundraising

Keep-A-Breast Foundation, besides selling “I Love Boobies” merch, also involves a lot of artists in fundraising. One of their signature projects is breast casts in plaster, that are decorated by a variety of artists.

These one-of-a-kind pieces are now being auctioned off by Charity Buzz to raise money for the foundation’s breast cancer prevention awareness initiatives.

Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon

That’s the tagline or “The Scar Project”, personal work by New York and Sydney based fashion photographer David Jay, who takes uncompromising topless portraits of post-mastectomy breast cancer survivors to raise awareness of the real marks the disease leaves on women’s lives. Some of the women have had reconstructive surgery and some have not.

The images are beautiful and quite moving. Jay says of the experience, “For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease. It helps them reclaim their femininity, their sexuality, identity and power after having been robbed of such an important part of it. Through these simple pictures, they seem to gain some acceptance of what has happened to them and the strength to move forward with pride.”

You can support the project by buying Jay’s book or becoming personally involved.

Breast cancer survivors’ body painting art censored by Facebook

Facebook continues its moral crusade against the human nipple. Ukrainian top-free feminists FEMEN (who have faced their share of Facebook bannination) made me aware of the latest administrator crackdown on an art and advocacy project called the Breast Cancer Awareness Body Painting Project (BCABPP).