We have plenty of problems in America, but currently nothing is tearing our nation asunder like the fight over using naughty phrases about boobies in the fight against breast cancer. The latest battle is taking place in an Arizona high school, where a pink shirt that reads "Feel for lumps — Save your bumps," is driving a wedge between administrators and teachers, parents and students, and most tragically, cheerleaders and their fellow cheerleaders.
According to the Arizona Republic, 56 freshman, JV, and varsity cheerleaders at Gilbert High School had planned to wear the shirts at home football games this month while fundraising for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. However, Principal J. Charles Santa Cruz banned the shirts on the grounds that they're inappropriately sexy. Perhaps I've been jaded by the recent "Saving Second Base" and "Booberday" campaigns and the classic "I (Heart) Boobies" bracelet worn by middle schoolers, but the shirts don't seem all that bad. At least they're being used for fundraising and direct girls to examine their breasts rather than using the vague concept of "awareness" to justify sporting the word "boobs" in school (which is particlarly pointless because it's so much easier to just type out "58008" on a calcuator).