This is just the worst.
Along the lines of campaigns (if they could even be called campaigns, seem more like marketing schemes) like Boobies Rule and I Love Boobies, which promote the idea that we should only care about breast cancer because breasts are sexualized body parts, a campaign to ‘raise awareness’ about cervical cancer has popped up.
This is the nonsensical PSA Julyna, who claims to “help promote education, healthy lifestyle choices and raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society” came up with:
The idea behind this campaign is that styling our pubic hair will somehow ‘spread awareness’ about cervical cancer (again with the ambiguous ‘awareness‘ campaign wherein we ignore that which causes cancer in the first place, and simply promote ‘awareness’ about the cancer that already exists).
What, you might ask, does waxing one’s pubic hair have to do with ending cancer? Well, nothing. Our culture seems so addicted to trying to make cancer fun and sexy and cool that engaging in honest discourse around cancer and doing actual work to end cancer is much lower on the list of priorities than sexing up cancer.
Don’t be fooled — your landing strip isn’t going to do anything to prevent cancer nor will the shape of your pubic hair have any positive impact on women who are actually living with cancer.