From Jezebel, “Eight-year-old Stella Ehrhart decides what to wear each day by looking through her book,100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, and picking a different notable female historical figure.
Recent selections include Billie Holiday (black dress, red tissue-paper flower), Grace Kelly (pink satin lace), and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (Girl knows how to mix it up!)”
Wow what an awesome idea! And probably a great confidence booster!
Want the inside scoop on health news from a registered nurse who’s training to be a baller nurse practitioner? Of course you do! Go read her blog (please).
Or, Actual Stuff About Breast Cancer Laid Bare, No Cutesy Games Involved
After being inspired by other bloggers and my own experiences, I wrote the following for a Facebook post. (The first few bullet points refer to the “games” in Facebook messages for Breast Cancer Awareness Month over the past few years.) I’m reposting it here to share with Tumblrworld.
• It does not matter what color your bra strap is; it only matters that the bra -if needed, which it might not be, after surgery - is supportive. (Extra PSA: Women, go get fitted for a comfy bra!)
• It does not matter where you throw your purse/bag – but is it big enough to hold paperwork, including a list of questions for your doctor(s), and other supplies?
• Foot size does not determine your breast cancer risk, so it doesn’t seem like posting your shoe size raises awareness on anything in particular… unless you’re trying to say size doesn’t matter (?), or that you want a massage on one or both of those body parts.
• Pretending you are X months pregnant and having cravings is a good way to increase confusion in your social circle, not breast cancer awareness. Breast cancer survivors may face difficulty, or inability, to breastfeed; some may actually be unable to have children naturally, due to treatment effects, or they could get slapped in the face with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.
• You want to show solidarity for patients and survivors and raise awareness? Don’t simply post a heart on your wall or your (female) friend’s wall. (Heart Disease Awareness month is in February!) Here are some better ideas:
o Start with knowing your own breasts. Notice persistent (i.e. not cyclical) changes in size, lumpy areas, weird feelings, non-milky nipple discharge (especially if you aren’t breastfeeding!), or anything that sounds your personal alarm. Then go see your doctor or a physician at a local clinic. You’ll get felt up (I mean, you will receive a clinical breast exam) and your provider can arrange any further diagnostic imaging/tests. There are a number of different benign breast conditions in addition to cancer – wouldn’t you rather know what’s up and not worry?
o Talk about breasts amongst friends. Boobs, tatas, tits, and jugs etc. are sexy, but they aren’t solely sexual. Breasts are deserving of discussion in a medical context, too, and if you can’t talk to your doctor or your friends about body & health issues, then whom can you talk to? (Aside from anonymous Internet message boards, that is.)
o No, scrap that; if you can, talk to your mom, your aunts, your cousins, and other relatives about your family history of cancer. Hopefully you don’t have one… but if you do, that information could prove useful someday, and it might mean you need to get screened before the recommended age (which is 40-50, depending on whom you ask) - especially if you’re a black woman. (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120985060)
o Also, get men in on the conversation because in their lifetimes, they could end up a) supporting a partner or relative with breast cancer or b) fighting breast cancer themselves.
o There are different causes of breast cancer, thus there are different types of breast cancer, and different treatments for different types of breast cancer. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-17740690) It’s kind of mind-boggling. You could spend ages Googling breast-cancer related websites! Here’s a tidbit to chew on: The FDA recently approved “Gummy Bear” breast implants. Un/fortunately, they are not flavored.http://www.realself.com/blog/gummy-bear-breast-implants-fda-approved
o Moved to donate money to “the cause”? Maybe you want to support research into obliterating breast cancer, or maybe you want to support screening and prevention methods, or maybe you want to help out people who are already dealing with it. Do your own research - visit www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org to find out where you want your money to go and how to get it there.
o If you’re into making lifestyle changes to try to reduce your risk, go for it! But remember that cancer just happens sometimes, regardless of your attempts to avoid it. It sucks, but that’s the way it is at the moment.
o Finally, if you really, truly want to show solidarity with a friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, offer to go to doctor’s appointments, or run errands, or to hang out and eat together, or to be there in an emotional capacity, if not physical! Lend an ear; heck, lend an auxiliary brain to think things over. Treat your friend like you normally would, and keep those laughs coming. Not sure what to say? Here are some tips:http://www.theawl.com/2011/04/some-awesome-things-to-say-to-a-cancer-patient
SUPPORT TEEN VOICES
Teen Voices isthe only alternative print magazine created by and for girls in the country. Their local Boston program has a national, and even international, impact through the print and online magazines that reach hundreds of thousands of girls worldwide, and now it’s in danger.
Teen Voices is more than just a magazine; it’s a community institution:
- 87 Boston teen girlstake part in SHOUT!(Sisters Helping Other Unheard Teens) and work as Teen Editors and writers for the print and online versions ofTeen Voices.” Girls come from the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, and Brighton.
- Their teen constituents are 14 to 18 years of age; 82% come primarily from low-income families and 93% are girls of color (70% African descent, 18% Latina, 5% Asian), and 7% are Caucasian
- 110 Boston neighborhood teen girls participate in Poetically Speaking, a forum in the Boston Girls Writing Community.
- 6 Peer Leaders run programs and public forums.
- 35 college women and recent college graduates are trained to mentor the teen editors in their production of Teen Voices’ print and online magazines.
Like many girls, participants in Teen Voices are dealing with serious issues at home and in their communities. The issues range from racism, sexism, elitism, hunger, violence, depression, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual identity exploration, and unplanned pregnancy. For many, schools are not institutions that support their ability to address these issues, or their self-confidence. They need safe spaces to talk—with adults as well as peers—so that they can feel validated, supported, and informed. Some girls have support at home with parents, grandparents, teachers, or religious leaders; for others, Teen Voices offers a rare source of consistent, supportive adults.
Due to a recent decrease in funding, Teen Voices is in crisis and must raise $300,000 by August 1st. Please support this important, brilliant magazine by donating whatever you can and helping to spread the word.
Everyone, please help save this wonderful magazine from extinction. I read every issue of Teen Voices in my high school library, and it was one of the first pieces of alternative media I had access to, setting the first sparks of critical thinking about mainstream media and the expressions and promulgation of privilege in society.
As a Bostonian, I am particularly proud that the magazine gives girls of color and lower income of my city a chance to feel that they matter too. With all the wealth and universities concentrated in the Boston-Cambridge area, it would be all too easy for people of our low-income neighborhoods to fall through the cracks. Institutions like Teen Voices need to exist and continue to encourage young people of all backgrounds that they as much of a voice as Harvard professors and Bank of America executives.
Please, give what you can by August 1st. Teen Voices must continue to be heard.