“Boobies” have made themselves into quite a controversy in schools of late. Kids across the country are showing up with bracelets that say “I ♥ Boobies “, and they’re causing quite a stir. Schools are banning them left and right. Why? Because “boobies” is inappropriate language, and carries sexual connotations.
One side of me says, “oh, unclench. It’s for a good cause.” But then the other half of me argues, “but this is just contributing to the crassness of our society.”
Ok, so the first side. This side of me is just glad that it’s not that infernal Pink Ribbon again. I’m so blasted sick of pink. Don’t get me wrong… I completely understand, support, and have raised money for the cause. In all honesty, I wish there was no need for any of this at all. But when October rolls around, everything is going to be pink. And I’m going to be so sick and tired of Breast Cancer that I will actively avoid anything pink. Even if it has nothing to do with breast cancer awareness. Anyway, this side of me thinks that it’s a clever slogan. Not as clever as the “Save Second Base” t-shirt that I saw a couple weeks ago, but clever, nonetheless. And frankly, clever sells bracelets, and t-shirts, and bags, and whatever else… which, in turn, generates money, which is the ultimate goal. To generate money for the charity. And hopefully, finally, ultimately, eradicate breast (and every other) cancer for good.
But the other side of me really hates the downslide that we’ve taken into crassness, and that side of me also sides with the schools that are banning the bracelets on the grounds of decency. Yeah, I know that “boobies” isn’t a swear word, I know that kids say a lot worse, I know all that. But at the same time, I’m the mother of a 7-year-old, and I’m trying to teach him not only the proper names for things, but also to respect women. And how can he differentiate between my saying that “boobies” is inappropriate, and his friend’s big brother wearing a bracelet to school that says, “I ♥ boobies”?
And where does it end? The biggest argument out there against these bracelets asks, “what if there’s a drive to raise awareness about testicular or prostate cancer? Are we going to start seeing bracelets that say, ‘I love pricks?’ … or ‘Feel your balls?’“ It’s a valid question, and one that bears answering. Where does the line get drawn?. If “boobies” is ok in school, then you have to allow “prick”, don’t you? … equal treatment for everyone, after all.
Then there’s the other other side of the issue… The point of the slogan, according to a representative that I heard interviewed on the radio (and completely forgot to write down her name and other information), this slogan, and others, are valuable tools in raising basic awareness of breast cancer, and in getting ladies to do self-exams, get mammograms, and generally take better care of their breasts. Ok, I can totally get behind that. I’m all about staying healthy, and keeping The Girls intact and cancer-free. But I really have to wonder… how many of the guys that are wearing these bracelets are doing it for breast cancer awareness, and how many are wearing them because, frankly, they really, honestly, love boobies?