February 22, 2018

Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt Banned by Principal

The shirt high school school students in Gilbert, Arizona planned to wear reads “Feel for Lumps, Save Your Bumps.”  The principal deemed it inappropriate and banned students from wearing it.  Some students and parents showed up to a football game wearing it anyways.  I side with the principal.  I don’t think a shirt like that brings awareness, but (titillating- pardon the pun) chuckles.  There are plenty of other ways (or words) kids could use to bring attention to a serious issue.  What do you think?  Read the story


  1. The shirt says, “Feel for Lumps, Save Your Bumps.” I think it’s a catchy phrase that may make teen girls (the intended audience) more comfortable with the idea of self breast exams. The bottom line is that breasts are for feeding babies, and deserve to be respected and protected, even celebrated. I think it’s high time that our society gets over squeamishness about them and gets over viewing them primarily as sex objects. I would love for all teen women to feel comfortable with their breasts and not be made to feel as though they need to squash them under sports bras and crew neck shirts. They should take pride in their unique ability to nourish a baby if they wish someday, and they should honor their breasts and protect them every month with self exams. In my opinion, any slogan that encourages and communicates this process should be celbrated rather than banned. The shirts are being sold to raise money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization that brings plenty of attention to the seriousness of breast cancer. Its funding goes to research for a cure, helping women in need get breast exams and mammograms, support for breast cancer patients and survivors and their families, and many more worthy efforts.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Kim. I completely agree with you. However, it is the rare exception that a young girl would be as mature as you describe. As a former high school teacher, I know the giggles that come along with subjects I would have never deemed funny, and to throw breasts into the discussion I can only imagine. Even in the picture in the article, the 2 girls standing on the side lines looking at the boy wearing the shirt with his back to the camera look to be laughing. I can see why the shirts are distracting to staff and why the principal would rather see another slogan.

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