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Save the person, not the tatas

The Spectator had a question to ask VSU’s student body: Do you think we should focus more on “saving the ta-tas,”or saving the person?

Saving the person is more important than saving their breasts. A woman or man can look perfectly beautiful/handsome without their breasts/pectorals. For years, I’ve heard the phrase “save the ta-tas,” but why just those? Someone who is battling cancer has emotions and feelings, too. As Americans we find the novelty in anything, whether it’s diseases or celebrity deaths. In order for more serious diseases to be taken seriously, there shouldn’t be any catchy slogans that take away from the severity of the disease. It should just be “get a cure for cancer and save the patient.”

“I would say save the person,” Jerica Anonymous, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major, said. “Maybe it’s because my mom’s an oncology nurse, but I’ve always thought that it was quality of life, not quantity of life. You can live without pretty boobs as long as you’re living. You can always get implants.”

I agree. The physical appearance of the body shouldn’t matter when it’s trying to battle a disease on the inside.

“My grandma suffered from breast cancer, and it’s not what her boobs look like afterwards, it’s just about the fact that she’s living,” Ainsely Cherry, a freshman communication sciences and disorders major, said. “I would’ve been depressed if she wasn’t around. I would obviously rather have her around than focus on her boobs.”

I agree again. Why does it have to be about looks?

Aris Smith, a freshman biology major, said, “I would say save the person, because my grandma died from breast cancer.”

My grandma is a breast cancer survivor and has been in remission for 15 years. When there’s more of a concentration on saving the person versus the ta-tas, positive outcomes become a reality. Don’t get me wrong, though. As average American citizens, there’s only so much we can do, but I think that as a whole we can get a lot of things achieved.

Every time my family and I go to an annual Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” event, I always think to myself, “How much longer do we have to do this?” It’s such a festive occasion, the turnouts are always great exponentially and the free items that race participants get are great, but why? Do these walk events held around the country really generate enough profit to help cancer patients or do they actually find the cure? I just want the cure.

To be honest, I’m looking forward to a time where people won’t have to pick between the slogan “save the ta-tas” and saving the person or even think that the slogan and statement relate. I challenge anybody reading this to consider if “saving the ta-tas” really matters.

Story by JaCorey Moon, Assistant Entertainment Editor. Photo by

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