Sunday is a big collection of funds for breast cancer research; a Montreal group is holding a sit-in in the John and Yoko room to demand better warnings about carcinogenic products. (It’s a small but niggling annoyance that the CTV site doesn’t provide a link to the site of the group they’re talking about: isn’t it time media websites acknowledged they’re part of the goddamn web? Some sites do, but many carry on as if they’re above it all, which doesn’t give them the air of objectivity they may be trying for – it just makes them feel out of touch.)
On another rant: I understand that when you have cancer, or someone close to you is given the diagnosis (I’ve experienced this recently) there is a desire to do something even if there’s actually little or nothing to do. But I find it sad that to raise funds for research into a fatal disease that touches everyone eventually we have to do these complicated PR exercises to collect relatively small amounts of money. Shouldn’t funding for this kind of thing be automatic, something society simply says “yes!” to, rather than making people grind out their nickels and dimes for?
I prefer the Breast Cancer Action approach, which is trying to help women avoid hazardous products and ingredients, but at the same time I feel a certain reserve in that it’s probably the whole combination of modern culture – fumes from plastics, unknown effects of electromagnetic radiation, unavoidable beauty and cleaning products, pesticide and hormone residues in our food – that pushes some folks’ body chemistry over the edge and makes them ill. So many factors we can’t control, and not many people will be prepared to go live in the wilderness to minimize them. Even if we still had wilderness.