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Friday, December 22, 2006

Too much.

Like many people, I get a lot of junk mail on a daily basis. This is not because I have the money to buy a whole lot of stuff so much as because I am, apparently, breathing and thus qualify as a legitimate target. Recently, my Sainted Fiancee and I received something in the mail that, frankly, defies description:



For those of you who didn't click on the picture above to see a bigger version it's a statue of a teddybear riding a motorcycle. This is a mixture of machismo and "cute" that strikes me as more than a little bizarre. What really makes it, though, is the fact that it is a breast-cancer themed item. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you can purchase this item as a way to both show your support for breast cancer research and to contribute to such an effort. Of course, if you really wanted to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation I'm sure there are more effective approaches but that's not the point. This way nets you a creepy bear suitable for display in the parlor of batshit crazy old women the world over.

It's not that I don't care about breast cancer- like many heterosexual men, I have a great appreciation for that particular anatomical feature- but this seems to have crossed the line into total absurdity. Hell, we've gone past odd and right into insulting kitsch. Like the Plain(s)feminist,* who has discussed this issue in some detail, I find the commercialization of breast cancer research a little hard to understand. Must everything be breast cancer themed? Moreover, is there a product that on a basic level can't be converted into a breast cancer fundraiser without becoming, itself, a mockery of the very objective?

And, perhaps most importantly, will all this ever reach it's inevitable conclusion:




When the first Susan G. Komen Fundraising breast implants roll off of the assembly line, we will truly have entered the age of the Charity-Industrial Complex.

So hurry up and purchase your horrid little bear- only $39.95 plus shipping, handling, and receive with it- absolutely free- a deep sense of shame. Supplies are limited, so order now!


* Who is a great blogger, but has quite possibly the most annoying blog handle (to spell) that I've ever encountered.

3 Comments:

Blogger tina said...

Samantha King's book Pink Ribbons, Inc. has an analysis of how this philanthropocorporate phenomenon has also veered prevention programs in a particular direction. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my list of Books To Get To Soon.

Friday, December 22, 2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Myers said...

Wow! That is almost worth buying just beacuse it's so bad.

I'm curious, is there some sort of guideline as to what portion of ht proceeds have to be donated in order to make this kind of claim? Last night I was shopping and they had a whole display of pink stuff--Kithchen Aid mixers, silicone bakeware (getting dangerously close to your bizarre example there since it is probably going back to the same company), spatula's, you name it. I was wondering how big of a contribution I'd be making to breast cancer intervention and research by uglifying my house with this stuff.

Friday, December 22, 2006 1:32:00 PM  
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Monday, December 25, 2006 11:37:00 PM  

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