Legalism In Pink

Football

It’s called football, but it’s not soccer, which is football everywhere else. It’s a game in which boys and men (if you can distinguish the two), and now sometimes even females, put on helmets and plastic body armor in order to give coaches a job and colleges a way to make money.

Football is a game that is so associated with testosterone and adrenalin that even the girls who now play in the game are said to be growing beards. There is supposed to be nothing wimpy, wussy, or feminine about football.

However, due to the rise in popularity of promoting breast cancer awareness, the color pink has infiltrated the formerly masculine gridiron.

“Save the Ta Tas”

To be honest, I am sick of the sexualization of such a deadly disease. Each October the adds start appearing everywhere, seemingly promoting more breast awareness than cancer awareness. And even though I have family who have been hurt by this disease, I question the ultimate value of “ta tas” and “boobies” around every corner.

pink footballBut just when some thought football was one of the last bastions of male chauvinism and immune from feminization, along came the publicists and promoters of pink ribbons. Now, every October, football players of every age, from elementary school to the NFL, wear more pink than a newly birthed piglet.

Legalism on Display

Now, just in case you are getting angry with me, as if I want women to get breast cancer, just chill and listen to what I have to say. What really irritates me is not the attempt to raise breast cancer awareness; it’s the attitude shown to those who don’t want to wear pink.

Not long ago I had to drive a middle school football team to a game. As these tough, smelly, sweaty football players were preparing to load the bus I started asking them, “Why are you wearing pink socks?” The reply was typically, “I don’t know, they just gave us this stuff to wear.” Literally, none of these boys had a clue why they were wearing pink. All they knew was that they were supposed to wear pink because that’s what they were told to do, just like the professionals whom they idolize.

 Legalism: “Do what you’re told and you won’t get in trouble.” Legalism: “If you aren’t wearing pink, you must want women to get cancer.” Legalism: “I want the girls to like me, so I’ll wear these pink shoes and wrist bands.” Legalism: “I don’t know why I am wearing this, but if I don’t, people will get angry and look down on me.”

Grace: Playing the game without feeling you have to change the way you look in order to please someone else, then donating to breast cancer research because you want to.

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5 responses to “Legalism In Pink

  1. I don’t know that I have ever worn pink, in October or any other month. It does get a bit much, this mass-mentality, especially when it is forced. Just like political correctness I suppose, which has completely displaced courtesy, tact, diplomacy, consideration, thoughtfulness, etc.

  2. Great Post! I agree with your point completely. We have lived with breast cancer in my wife’s family. It is a terrible disease, but sometimes this wear pink thing gets to be a little too much. I would rather wear whatever I choose to wear and continue to support research financially in hopes of one day finding a cure.

  3. I don’t think that one has crossed the Atlantic yet. I am not sure you would be able to persuade a bunch of rugby players to wear pink. We also lived with cancer – Marilyn’s Mum survived four years after the first diagnosis but there is no way she would have wanted her grandsons to be wearing pink while playing rugby.

  4. I have a friend who’s mom is a 2-tmes breast cancer survivor. Once she was checking out at a store, and was asked if she’d like to donate $1.00 to breast cancer awareness. She politely said, “No, thank you.” The people behind her in line began talking about her out loud–saying, “How would someone be so insensitive as to not even be willing to give ONE dollar?” She quietly turned around and told them about her mother–and that the Komen Foundation in reality did very little to further cancer research OR to help breast cancer patients and survivors. She then offered to tell them of other organizations that did much more, if they’d like to support those. The ladies actually ROLLED their eyes at her and just turned their backs.

    Ugh. I’ve heard many ladies who have breast cancer (or have survived it, or have lost someone to breast cancer) say that the pink trend is one of the hardest things for them to see. They’ve told me that it’s all about money and not at all about helping these women. I haven’t done the research myself, but I assume that these ladies have–so I too have chosen not to buy products with pink ribbons or worry about wearing pink to those kinds of events. I do, however, from time to time, give to organizations recommended by those same friends. And I do, from time to time, do something for a cancer survivor or cancer patient who’s in my life. I really believe that’s what Christ calls us to do to care for others.

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