'Boobies' bracelets clash at schools
Have you seen these "I love boobies" bracelets that tweens are wearing to promote breast cancer awareness?
Two middle schoolers filed a free speech lawsuit after they were suspended for wearing them. I made a snarky remark about it to my middle schooler, how it seemed like an excuse to shock the adults rather than a serious attempt at wiping out breast cancer. He promptly went out and bought one of them for himself saying, "It's a cause I really believe in," trying his best not to crack up.
They come from an organization called Keep-A-Breast.org and they answer the controversy with this:
The entire idea of the campaign is to take this serious horrible subject, break the ice, and make it easy to talk about. We tell all the principals that this is actually their opportunity, to talk to their students about an issue that effects them and is important to them, take this opportunity to educate your students on how they can prevent breast cancer.
Fair enough. I'm getting sick of the wall-to-wall pink products every October (We need pink Swiffer sheets? Really?). But it sure helps get middle schoolers on your side when you have the added benefit of ticking off the adults, isn't it?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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