Why do these threads always seem to boil down into "women get something special, so men *need* it too!" I remember getting upset over crap like that...when I was 5.
The solution to your problem is to stop getting offended by positive outreach programs.
It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.
When I started reading your post, I was going to argue with you... But then you made a pretty good point.
Also, for men, it's a pretty popular consensus that going to the doctor, going to prostate cancer rallies, or whatever else, is weak. It's not said out loud. It's not forced on you. You just learn it. How many guys do you know that have a medical problem, but won't go to the doctor? They say "I'll be fine."
Shit, I know I do. Doctors are expensive. And I'm essentially hard-wired that I'd rather suffer from some non-lethal affliction, than go spend a lot of money. I have sleep disorders that are shaving off years of my life, and could cause me to die in a car wreck, or something. But by damn, I am not going to spend 1500 dollars to let someone watch me sleep then hook me up to a machine every night, just so I feel less tired. In a few years, when I have a real job with medical benefits, I'll do it. For now? I'm not putting that monetary burden on my family.
So in other words, most men feel de-powered by having to do things like that. Most women feel empowered by going to rallies and the like. It's weird. It's just how we are. I think it's because men have so much stress put on them to be the protectors and providers, that we're afraid to be a burden or be weak or sick.
Did you even read what I posted? (Men aren't willing to put forth repeated public efforts to draw attention to the problem)
Prostate cancer is like a huge elephant in the corner that the people it attacks refuse to bring up, draw attention to, and discuss. If this bothers you as much as your posts indicate, then you need to do something about it. When I say you, I don't mean "Leave it up to someone else," I mean you in particular. Hunt down local resources, encourage friends and family alike, take an active role. That's what men and women have done for breast cancer, that's what men and women need to do for prostate cancer. Leaving it up to the other guy means your own interests may not be a priority. Do something about it.
EDIT to add, my friend's father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 50's. It was caught early enough that they were able to take care of it and he's alive today, but he's made it his goal to encourage friends and family alike to stay on top of checking their prostate health. His son, brothers, cousins, in laws, and friends are reminded and encouraged to get checked, informed about symptoms to watch for and reminded not to be afraid to see their doctors if they have concerns. It took a brush with death to remind just one tiny group of men that prostate cancer can and will hit men before they're wrinkled and falling apart, and that's only because the man who survived it so young isn't ashamed to share his story, and isn't ashamed to discuss the subject with other men. Just seeing the man is a reminder of what he's survived, but that only works when people know he's a survivor.
Last edited by Chirri; 2012-10-04 at 08:08 PM.
Breast cancer is still serious...OP acts like it's like catching a cold or something and that breast cancer doesn't ruin lives and hurt families. You say you lost 2 people to prostate cancer? I lost an aunt and a cousin to breast cancer. Does either one mean more than the other? No, not really, because both are terrible diseases for someone to have and take lives every day. I see no reason why breast cancer is bad simply because it gets more recognition than other types of cancer. It's not a simple task like "cut off the breast" like you seem to think...that isn't always how it works.
In the end, if you really feel that strongly about prostate or other types of cancer, do something about it. Start a program, get local people to help you, get the word out, spread awareness. Don't whine on a video game forum about how the color pink is bothering you in the month of October.
Breast cancer is something that not many people cared about until the mid 80's, when the Susan Komen foundation was started by - get this - the family member of a breast cancer victim. Imagine if she had just bitched on a forum about how lung cancer was getting too much attention. So really, go do something about it. Let people know that they should be aware. Regardless of what you do, whining on here will not help any victim of cancer.
Last edited by cherb; 2012-10-04 at 08:15 PM.
Totally agree with the OP, cancer is cancer, why a certain form is more special than another is beyond me.
Please let me know where I said that wasn't the case.Or, you know. Knowing you can't have kids. There's no way that'd hurt a guy's feelings, right? Cause they don't have emotions.
This is literally the most stupid thing to rage about I've ever seen on this forum.
I fail to understand why you're offended by something that isn't REALLY hurting you or anyone you know. I mean, no one can force you to wear anything pink. There is a prostate awareness month as already mentioned. Instead of coming on here whining about something like this, how about you read up and become more informed on the subject and take matters into your hands. Go out into your community and work with hospitals in your area to set up something to inform more people of prostate and lung cancer. Do you really think the whole breast cancer awareness thing exploded one day? Nope!! It all starts somewhere and YOU doing YOUR part would help things a bit I'm sure.
Also, I want to point out I have nothing against women, in fact I love them, but what I AM against is the favoritism toward womens health with a complete disregard to any kind of mens health issues
Putting the pink ribbon on your product is a subconscious way of making the buyer associate your product with breasts. You never see a lung cancer sticker on a box of cheerios do you? Well lung cancer kills more than 2 times as many people as breast cancer. It is a marketing strategy. And the pink ribbon company hardly does anything to find a cure for breast cancer because they have a huge overhead due to all the expensive events they put on and the employees they need to pay.
"Death is not kind. It's dark, black as far as you can see, and you're all alone."
Personally I think alot of it is big business have realized how much of a profit center collecting donations can be, and it is alot easier to get donations for titties than it is for an asshole and that is why breast cancer is so popular to ask for donations for.
There are, however, plenty of good reasons to oppose Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Or any Awareness Month for that matter.
Here's a few.
In short it boils down to BCAM causes people to think they've contributed to Breast Cancer Research by purchasing a bucket of pink KFC when KFC isn't at all clear about which charity they've donated to or how much.
How about actually donating to a charity? What if, instead of donating money for pink buckets of KFC (Which is simply using a cause to sell more chicken) you sell those tickets for $1 so people know exactly who they're donating to and they're donating twice as much.