Sunday, October 2, 2011

October and its Awarenesses

Whelp, here we find ourselves entering yet another month. Another page turned in the calendar, another grain of sand through the hour glass (and no--that's not a reference to "Days of our Lives"...I'm just dealing with the fact that I'm getting older.)

October is an interesting month. It's has two super female oriented awarenesses sharing it. One gets a lot of attention, one does not.

First, we have Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I've spoken before about my love/hate relationship with this. It seems just to ride on its boobie focus, which gets on my nerves. Plus, aren't we kind of aware by now? On the other hand, my mom is a survivor.

On the other hand, we have the much less often talked about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which, as it turns out, has been around almost nearly as long. And it certainly affects just as many women. But it's not as sexxxxy an issue as boobie cancer, so it's kind of swept under the rug.

I would much rather have people focus on breast cancer and devote time and attention to it than to totally overlook all issues facing women. However, our help for women is not finite. So I beg you, as we move our way through October and you are inundated with pink everything, please remember the purple too. When you start digging into the issue, you'll probably find it has affected many people you know.

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