I just read that that the Breast Cancer Society of Canada refused to accept a donation from the Exotic Dancers for Canada because the group donating was too "controversial". The group apparently raises money every year in memory of a dancer who died of breast cancer.
It makes me so mad to hear that any group views exotic dancers as second-class citizens. I've never been an exotic dancer myself, but I am a feminist. Who is this group to judge that exotic dancers can't contribute to their organization? For heaven's sake, strippers are people, too. They could get breast cancer just like I did, and for their money to be refused by a breast cancer organization is an outrage. Aaargggh.
I wrote an email to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada to tell them exactly what I think of this asinine decision. I told them that I thought it was outrageous, that I wouldn't donate money to them again, and that I would encourage others to not donate to them as well. There are a lot of breast cancer groups out there, and I'm going to make sure that my money doesn't go to this group. I encourage all of you to do the same. If you want to donate to someone who does breast cancer research in Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is a good choice. The Canadian Cancer Society is always a good choice as well, of course :).
Ok, I'm calmer now. I was really mad earlier.
On a less rant-y note, I bought a bunch of beads today. I was able to get them cheaper than at the store where I'd purchased them before because they were half-price at the store. I got lots and lots and lots of colours. Now I've got to do something with them :). I also got some tulle in several colours. The only thing I was disappointed about was that I couldn't find any black individual sequins; I need them for something I'm working on. I got some fabric remnants as well.
I also was looking longingly at the jewelry-making stuff. I have no idea how to make jewelry, of course, but... well, you see, there are these earrings that I like but that I can't afford. I think I could probably make them; I'll go to the bead store and see if I can find some cheaper versions of the stones and findings. We'll see.
A few years ago, here in Edmonton, the strippers had a special charity day for the Youth Emergency Shelter. And the Board of the Shelter, implying that the strippers were prostitutes, declined to accept the gift. I too was enraged that the preceived morality of the giver be a condition of the gift and have refused to support them when they cry for $$.
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