*note, I will be cross posting this across all of my blogs.
I just made a decision this morning. It’s a pretty big decision, I think it might be a pretty radical decision. And I’m going to need your support, friends, fatties and other readers.
Many of you know how vocal I am about my dislike for a lot of the marketing that goes with cancer campaigns, and a lot of the silly memes that pop up on Facebook and Twitter and the like. I find it offensive that breast cancer is objectified with all of those “Save the Ta Tas” and “Feel Your Boobies” kind of campaigns, the bucket loads of ridiculous pink schlock you can buy to supposedly raise money. I loathe that breast cancer is glamourised over any other kind of cancer, just because it’s to do with tits, which are deemed public property by our culture.
Cancer is not sexy, ever. Nor is it a game or a meme, or some pretty merchandise.
It’s devastating, frightening and rage inspiring. I have lost dear friends to cancer. I would give all the pink crap in the world back to have them here with us. I have other friends who have battled cancer and survived. I wish that they never had to bear the burdens that they have had to bear.
I want to do something that really does help, and the only thing I can see to do that will really make a difference is to pump as much money into cancer research as possible. For ALL cancer types, not just the ones that are seen as glamorous and sexy.
So… I want to put my money where my mouth is. Only I don’t have much money. So I’m going to put my hair where my mouth is, and ask you folk to help me with the money.
I have decided that on January 26th (Australia Day) I am going to shave my head. I’m going to do something that really frightens me, and challenges me and I’m asking all of you, to help me reach a fund raising goal of AU$1000 for the Australian Cancer Council in doing so. It would be great if we could raise more than a grand, but let’s start there.
I have chosen the Australian Cancer Council for two reasons. One, they cover all forms of cancer, not just one or two. And secondly because my home country of Australia has some of the leading cancer research in the world. In fact, we have some of the leading medical research in the world. The vaccine for HPV, which is what causes most cervical cancer, was developed right here in my home city of Brisbane.
When I say shave my head, I mean all the way. No hair, bald as an egg, right down to the skin with a razor. Surely that’s worth a thousand bucks right?
I’ll be honest, it scares the shit out of me. I have been thinking about shaving my head as a bit of an act of defiance against the notion that my femininity is tied up in my long hair, but when I really thought about it, that wasn’t enough. I want to do something to challenge myself into really pushing my boundaries to raise awareness and money for cancer research, because just playing some silly meme on Facebook is not enough.
For women, long hair is a symbol of femininity. I’ve clung to that symbol because being a fat woman robs me of my femininity (add to that the fact that I also have PCOS, which also robs women of their femininity). My hair has been long (about down to my bra-strap, give or take a couple of inches) now for about 6 or 7 years, and as many of you know, I dye it hot pink these days. Pink is no accident – it’s another symbol of femininity . Of course, long hair and pink are both completely arbitrary symbols of femininity, they’re no more feminine than short hair or the colour blue, but you all know how hard it is to resist cultural norms right?
Cancer robs men and women of so many things. Their independence, their health, their social lives, their savings/income, their friendships, their enjoyment of things in life, and ultimately for some, it robs them of their lives.
The least I can do is give up my hair for awhile.
I’ve chosen Australia Day so that a) it will be a public holiday and locals can come along to a head shaving party to encourage me (*cough* push me *cough*) into following through with it. The weather should be warm on my bare head, and it’s the beginning of my vacation, so I have time to organise an event and follow up with the fund raising afterwards. I have already asked my friends Nadia and Kylie to be the hairdressers on the day, and I’d like to organise a picnic lunch or something for people to come along to.
But for now, I’m asking all of you to help. Help me get to $1000, shave my head and let’s make a difference. I’ve made a donate button and posted it below, and on the right of the page, but it’s not showing up yet. I’ll keep working on getting it visible!
I’ve set up a project account there in my name (Codename: Operation Baldy!) to stash any funds raised until the end of the project and I can donate it to the Australian Cancer Council.
Anything you can donate is welcome. A dollar. Five dollars. A hundred dollars! Anything is welcome, as it all adds up. We have just over two months to get to this goal of $1000, and I am SURE we can do it. Hey, you’re not even the ones losing your hair!!
Update: let’s try this link: