Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

By Melanie Testa

For me, beauty ideals and expectations related to the female body are a form of tyranny. I resent that in the face of a lethal disease the conversation turns to hair and wigs, reconstruction and ‘Look Good, Feel Good’ programs. I seek to bolster a new female paradigm. In this paradigm, . . . → Read More: Shirts off, Underwear On: Play Out, Breast Cancer and Gender Expectations

Visualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

Originally published at Feminist Reflections on The Society Pages.

Graphic arts engage readers in a way text cannot. Told with sequences of pictures, along with narration and dialogue (often in the form of speech bubbles), graphic arts have become increasingly popular media for education and communication as well as social commentary. From disaster preparedness to . . . → Read More: Visualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

Is Breast Cancer Prettier in Pink?

Infographic from the National Film Board of Canada, quoting from the documentary, Pink Ribbons, Inc.

The Battle We Didn’t Choose

Six years ago today Jennifer and I were married in Central Park. I am celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary by releasing our story, The Battle We Didn’t Choose — My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer, in digital book format. The book will be available through my website as a PDF download.

http://www.mywifesfightwithbreastcancer.com/

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‘Observing and Reacting’ Humanizes Cancer at Cleveland Print Room Exhibit, September 13 through October 27, 2013.

Featuring the work of Breast Cancer Consortium member Angelo Merendino, the ‘Observing and Reacting’ exhibit runs at the Cleveland Print Room from September 13 through October 27. Using black and white still images, Angelo Merendino humanizes the face of cancer. His haunting photos show the challenges, difficulties, fears, sadness and loneliness that he and . . . → Read More: ‘Observing and Reacting’ at Cleveland Print Room Exhibit, September 13 through October 27, 2013.

“Who Owns Your Body?” ACLU Video

On May 12, 2009, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are unconstitutional and invalid. On November 30, 2012, the Supreme Court agreed to hear argument on the patentability of human genes. The . . . → Read More: “Who Owns Your Body?” ACLU Video

“Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

The summer before Jennifer died we spent a week at the ocean with her family. At this point Jen had been using a walker for a few months because the cancer had spread to her hip and she was having difficultly walking. Jen’s legs were getting weaker and she wasn’t sure that she would be . . . → Read More: “Topsail” – New Video from Angelo Merendino

Portraits of Inspiration

The METAvivor ~ Merendino Gallery Exhibition – A photographic exhibit of women with metastatic breast cancer, also featuring the photographs of Breast Cancer Consortium member Angelo Merendino.

Angelo began documenting his wife Jen’s illness photographically shortly after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2008. It was just five months after they had gotten married that Angelo . . . → Read More: Portraits of Inspiration

Angelo Merendino Photo-Documentary, “The Battle We Didn’t Choose”

No one has portrayed the largely invisible world of metastatic breast cancer more compellingly than photographer Angelo Merendino. Angelo began documenting his wife Jen’s illness photographically shortly after her diagnosis in 2008. It was just five months after they had gotten married that Angelo and Jen entered the world of cancer. After a double mastectomy, . . . → Read More: Angelo Merendino Photo-Documentary, “The Battle We Didn’t Choose”

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