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Another thing about not having Facebook right now is that it's making me realize that I used to post here a lot more often about things that were INFURIATING to me about our culture. It's just SO much easier to do that on Facebook because you just paste in a link and it pulls up a thumbnail and excerpts the text and you can only write like 420 characters or something about what it is you're linking to and the whole thing is very easy.

I'm going to share with you something I've already lost my marbles about on Facebook.


(Actual image from the site! I didn't make it up!)

You know "Movember"? Is that big everywhere, or only in Ottawa? It's a thing that happens in November, people grow mustaches to raise money/awareness of men's cancers. It seems like it's pretty successful, but my perception of that could be totally skewed by the fact that pretty much every dude who voted NDP participated in Movember last year, after Jack revealed that he has prostate cancer.

So, I guess folks have been trying to think of what the equivalent campaign would be for women? And tehy came up with JULYNA.

A few things that drive me crazy about Julya are!

1. It's not public!!! That is like a major part of why Movember works!

2. It's yet another example of how woman can help cure cancer by shopping. July is has partner salons all over the place you can go to and spend 60 bucks getting one of these designs (you're gonna wanna click on that), PART OF WHICH will be donated to the cause. Barf.

3. JULYNA. You know, like VAGINA. Which is the word we now use (THANK YOU STUPID EVE ENSLER) to refer to every part of the female reproductive system gaaaaaah.

4. The copywriting on the website. It is not to be believed. Check it out (with bonus graphics of some of the suggested designs!):

THE DAVID SUZUKI.  Nothing says protecting public climate, reconnecting with nature and building community like the David Suzuki style. If you’re looking for a way to offset your carbon footprint, this is not it. But this guilt free, low maintenance style conserves grooming energy by teetering on the verge of being au natural.




THE BARBARA BUSH. Barbara Pierce Bush (born June 8, 1925) is the wife of the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush, and served as First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is the mother of the 43rd President George W. Bush and of the 43rd Governor of Florida Jeb Bush. No one knows how she styles her pubic hair but I’m assuming that she is too busy to trim.






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Jul. 7th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Not only every part of the female reproductive system, but everything within like five inches of it, since this campaign takes place upon the nearby HAIR.
Jul. 7th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah totally.
Jul. 7th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)

Jul. 7th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Remember, remember, the month of Pubember.
I don't get it. They want me to spend money on something done badly, on purpose?

I guess Julyna rolls off the tongue better (hurr) than Pubember, which is what I would have suggested.

I've just spend ten minutes thinking about how this could have been done better. I'm sure they could have too. :|
Jul. 12th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Remember, remember, the month of Pubember.
Jul. 7th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)

I just don't understand.

I mean, yes to everything you wrote, but in particular I don't understand that bit.
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
pubic awarenes!!!
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
I also have a major beef with this campaign and wonder why on earth the Canadian Cancer Society went along with it.
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks Audra!
As you know, I posted my frustrations as well, after you pointed this out.

I actually think that by this campaign employs philosophies that contribute to higher numbers of cervical cancer cases:
-ignorance about women's bodies
-pressures to please men
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah totally! I was trying to remember the stuff you said because I thought it was so on point. But I could hardly remember what *I* said, and didn't want to reactivate my facebook to find out!
Jul. 8th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
I find it interesting that Movember involves men styling themselves in a way that will likely make them less attractive to many women (especially since most guys go all out for it), and Julyna (ugh I hate that word) will probably be a turn-on for a lot of men.

Also now I am picturing all these leering dudes going up to women and being like, "Sooo... are you doing Julyna this year? Wanna show me?"
Jul. 8th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
growing mine in would make me feel icky yicky!
Jul. 8th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
See, if you only posted this on Facebook, I would never hear about it, and then I wouldn't be making this WTF face at my computer screen right now!


I think that women should just do mustaches as well. (Especially since one of the lovelier surprises of my thirties has been the appearance of one and I would appreciate it more if it was doing some charity work.) Not as sexy to most people as grooming my nether regions, perhaps, but far more people will know that I am doing it because HELLO IT IS ON MY FACE AND NOT IN MY PANTS.

We can make "Ask me about my mustache!" pins!

Thank you for the Think Before you Pink link, too. One of my rages lately has been at/about the cosmetics industry (and how a bajillion things that are banned in Europe because they're unsafe are still allowed in North American cosmetics and HOW CAN THAT BE A TRUE THING) and this is one of the pink ribbon things that makes me so so mad:

5. What is the company doing to assure that its products are not actually contributing to the breast cancer epidemic?

Many companies that raise funds for breast cancer also make products that are linked to the disease. Breast Cancer Action calls these companies “pinkwashers.” BMW, for example, gives $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure each time you test-drive one of their cars, even though pollutants found in car exhaust are linked to breast cancer. Many cosmetics companies whose products contain chemicals linked to breast cancer also sell their items for the cause.

Jul. 12th, 2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah the coporatisation (is that a word?) of breast cancer specifically is so weird.

I don't think about different countries having different safety standards for makeup but I guess of course that makes sense!
Jul. 12th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I mean it DOESN'T make sense at all, but I guess it is to be expected nonetheless.
Jul. 8th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)

This is such a bad campaign in so many ways... I don't understand how anyone would have given it the go ahead.

And yeah, vaginas are INTERNAL people. Mowing pubic hair? This sounds like a bad Saturday Night Live commercial.
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
I just had a similar appalled conversation with my coordinator at the clinic. How is this a thing?
Jul. 8th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
Totally random - I was just reading another lj'rs post about anxiety and she talked about the Spoon Theory ( ) and she said she wished people understood that sometimes daily things that seem easy for others would cost her a spoon. Thought you might find it interesting!
Jul. 12th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
Oh that's great, thanks!
Jul. 9th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
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