These are two recent public service announcement ads about breast cancer put out by two different organizations. Both are very recent.
This one is from the Men for Women Now Campaign:
This one is from ReThink Breast Cancer:
Both of these made me cringe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for bring attention and respect to serious medical conditions that very much need more research, but I really have my doubts that either of these ads does much to further that goal. I get that they’re trying to make young men care about a disease that they, personally, will never suffer from, but I really find this approach kind of offensive. The first ad is decidedly less obnoxious than the second, but it still kind of makes it a joke and further “others” women, their bodies and any conditions they suffer from that men don’t. The second ad doesn’t even acknowledge the women at all, it just reduces them to walking boobs.
This does not seem like a helpful or respectful approach. What do you think?