Look! MSN Being Disgusting About Breast Cancer Prevention

The word stop with an exclamation point. The "O" in Stop is a stop sign.

The fact that this is how MSN has chosen to write about breast cancer prevention is disgusting:

Getting to second base, the holy grail for hormonal boys, is now science: New research has shown that squeezing breasts could prevent malignant breast cells from causing cancer. This doesn’t give pervy dudes license to grope you on the subway, ladies, but it does mean boob-grabbing should be a regular part of your self-care routine (yes, absolutely try it DIY-style). Experiments found that physical pressure led cells back to normal growth patterns, and that even after compression was no longer applied, the malignant cells stopped growing. Spread the word, boob-lovers of the world.

And the picture at the link is exploitative (and, of course, it’s a white woman).

Plus, I’ll remind everyone for the 1,000th time, preventing breast cancer is about saving people’s lives, not saving boobs so hormonal guys or asshole writers at MSN can cop a feel and get a hard on.

If you need any proof that this kind of discussion around breast cancer leads to gross sexualization of women, read the comments.

[h/t to my friend, Laura]


UPDATE: Gizmodo, ALSO GROSS (including – especially? – the giant picture that comes up on screen when you click through on the link). I want to write “it doesn’t seem as bad as what MSN wrote” but then I think, “are really going to rank these kinds of article for which is most disgusting?”

If you’d like a not-disgusting write up about this scientific study, UC Berkeley has it.

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  1. Rachel O. says:

    Yeah. The picture is definitely offensive, for many reasons, and the language is creepy too. And, you’re totally right about the comments section. So icky.