If I might have a moment of your time, I’d like to explain to you why this picture of two balding Chinese men jumping ropes while wearing padded bras is something worth thinking about.

These two shirtless men with their spare tires jiggling about represent something that has or will likely affect someone you care about at some point in your life: breast cancer.

At the event held in Hunan, China, 10 men between the ages of 40 to 50 were fitted with bras and given tasks such as mopping, carrying buckets of water, and jumping rope. The event was held by the Hunan Cancer Hospital as part of an awareness-raising campaign for the month of October, otherwise recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event, which was held on 17 September, was met with mixed reviews in China with some calling it a “great idea” while others put it down as “perverted.”

At first glance this might seem like a spectacle intended to draw people in with a simple “Hey! Look at these silly men in bras running around!” before hitting you with the grim truth that thousands of women die each year from the disease. Actually, it’s intended to inspire people to think about the survivors of breast cancer who have undergone mastectomies. In an interesting twist, rather than women who understand the fear of losing that body part from cancer, it’s men who can experience the discomfort of life after a mastectomy, at least to some extent.

The ages of men were meant to match those of women who have had breasts removed due to cancer so that they could feel the same physical discomfort in their shoulders and backs as well as the damage to the pride entitled to those who have lived that long. In an odd way, it’s these men who might come closest to experiencing the full burden of those living after breast cancer and choose to wear prosthetics.

That being said, although these guys were meant to simulate walking a mile in their false breasts, no one can really feel the full range of emotions of what it’s like. At the very least we can recognize that the problem of breast cancer stretches much further than the half a million people put in graves each year to the growing number of women living on without their breasts due to this disease. With that, why not take a moment to consider that and maybe make a donation to a cancer research fund or convince a loved one to get checked out before it’s too late.

Okay, sermon’s over. We now return you to your regularly scheduled articles. I don’t want to give away any surprises but I hear there’s a smoking-hot transgender nuclear physicist that Chinese netizens are going wild about coming up who also posts the cutest cat videos you have ever seen!

Source: Yangtze Evening News, Tencent News (Chinese)
Original article by Meg Sawai
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