Friday, December 17, 2010

I heart boobies. A ridiculous court case over a plastic bracelet.

So the Easton Area Middle School/ACLU "I heart boobies" lawsuit has reached federal court.
And even though this blog specializes in pop culture and breast cancer, I couldn't care less.

I am just fine with sassy breast cancer awareness messages. I will admit before I was a survivor I found the whole pink haze around BC overwhelming and preferred to never think about it. I was just the sort of person that Save the Ta-Ta's or "Feel Your Boobies" was made for. The first makes very comfy T-shirts, the second does some of the best graphic design I have ever seen.

The pink bracelets from the Keep a breast foundation? Not my taste, but hey it's a free country. Or so we thought.

The irony is that the kids will grow up. But the adults who turned this into a federal case literally, probably not. Instead of making this into a teachable moment, the school and the kids' parents lawyer up.

How about this?

Stop fighting over a pink plastic bracelet, acknowledge that women are suffering, women are dying. and do something about it!

Easton Area Middle about making a different bracelet that raises more money for a local hospital or the Breast Cancer Research foundation?

Instead you are using public money to litigate against 7th graders for being silly?

Here is the story that the Associated Press posted online:

Pa. girls fight 'boobies' bracelet ban in US court
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a test case of whether breast cancer fundraising bracelets that proclaim "I (heart) boobies!" can be banned in public schools, one district is calling the slogan a sexually charged double entendre.
The free-speech case involves Easton Area Middle School, whose seventh-grade principal struggled on the witness stand Thursday when asked if T-shirts with the words "breast cancer" should be permitted on the school's Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
The middle school, a 90-minute drive north of Philadelphia, suspended two girls in October for refusing to remove the colorful rubber bracelets, which have become wildly popular among teens across the country.
Some school officials are far less enthusiastic. But the Easton Area School District is the first to try to defend a ban in court, according to the Keep A Breast Foundation, the small Carlsbad, Calif., nonprofit that sells the bracelets to engage young people in breast cancer awareness.
In U.S. court Thursday, a school district lawyer asked the suspended girls, Brianna Hawk and Kayla Martinez, if they wore the bracelets as fashion statements or simply to make waves by defying a school rule.


  1. Nowadays bracelets can be considered as one of the many things that most girls love and even boys also adored it. Lots of girls are prefering their charm bracelets to serve as a lucky charm.

  2. These slogans make it easier for people to relate and support. This is sad that it legally got attention, but any publicity is good publicity!