Refuse to Go Red for Women

According to the American Heart Association, the prevalence of heart disease among men is greater than among women in every age demographic. In the 60-79 age bracket, the prevalence among men is more than twice what it is among women. More than 1.4 times as many men as women have had a diagnosed heart attack or fatal coronary disease across all age groups.

In light of those statistics, it makes perfect sense, of course, that this Friday is Go Red For Women Day, during which the American Heart Association encourages people to wear red in order to “help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.”

According to the AHA:

In 2003, the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute took action against a disease that was claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year – a disease that women weren’t paying attention to. A disease they truly believed, and many still believe to this day, affects more men than women.

Um…it does affect more men than women. It is rather unbelievable that the AHA is attempting to disabuse women of a plain and simple fact.

This is all of a piece with our increasingly female-centric culture which attempts to instruct us that whatever problems exist, they are inevitably worse for women. (Climate change to hit women hardest!) It is bad enough we have to suffer through sports seasons in which players, coaches and officials are pressured to where pink in order to “raise awareness” for breast cancer several times a year. At least women do in fact suffer from breast cancer more than men do, even if the “awareness” of the disease far outweighs its dangers relative to other women-killers. But this is just taking things to an absurd level.

Whatever this says about the AHA in particular or our screwed up society more generally, I highly encourage everyone to refuse to wear red this Friday, to protest this sexist denial of reality. Don’t believe it and don’t accept it. And keep your eye out….if, on Friday, you see more people without red on than with it, know we are winning the battle!

(BTW, I found out about this Red Day foolishness because my HR department, in that cloying way that only HR departments can achieve, sent around a circular encouraging all employees to wear red on Friday. When I presented them with the statistics on heart disease and wondered if they had ever promoted to employees a “men’s awareness” movement of any kind whatsoever, they replied, again in typical HR manner, “We are always looking for volunteers to promote important causes across a wide range of missions.” I’m taking that as a firm “No”.)

17 Responses

  1. New post up.

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  2. I’m waiting for the NFL to wear special shoes one week for prostate cancer awareness. At least the movie Deadpool is doing its part:

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  3. “I highly encourage everyone to refuse to wear red this Friday”

    I find that kind of stuff too taxing to keep track of. Thus, I make a point of never showing solidarity with anything.

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    • Mr. Grocer: [Marty and Grocer are shooting eachother] Comrade! Comrade!
      Marty: What?
      Mr. Grocer: Why don’t you just join the union, we’ll go upstairs together and cap daddy!
      Marty: This union, there’s gonna be meetings?
      Mr. Grocer: Of course!
      Marty: No meetings.

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    • “Thus, I make a point of never showing solidarity with anything.”

      That pretty much sums it up for me as well. I was totally unaware of the Red Friday until this post.

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      • jnc:

        That pretty much sums it up for me as well.

        If you don’t wear red, I’ll consider that to be solidarity with me. I’m also recommending that everyone who opposes Obama drive with their headlights on tonight between 8 and 10pm. I’m expecting a lot of support!

        I was totally unaware of the Red Friday until this post.

        I too was blissfully unaware until my HR department ruined my innocence.

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  4. BTW, all the women’s awareness stuff is a conspiracy, by women, to keep women healthy and kill off all the men after they’ve served their purpose.

    I’m surprised that, as part and parcel of it, their aren’t more fat life insurance policy PSAs targeted at men. Although there are some. All part of the conspiracy.

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  5. It’s funny that chicks are so easily duped by propaganda and their movement and success within it are defined by their victim hood. They’re welcome to it, dudes’ll just keep ruling the world I guess.

    #ChicksLivesMatter

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  6. “Whatever this says about the AHA in particular or our screwed up society more generally, I highly encourage everyone to refuse to wear red this Friday, to protest this sexist denial of reality. Don’t believe it and don’t accept it.”

    And you say you don’t understand the source of Trump’s appeal.

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  7. Public sector union negotiations:

    “”This one time, we’re signing a collective bargaining agreement,” Cianci says. “There’s cameras everywhere and when I’m done signing the paper, all of the sudden all of these firefighters are slapping me on the back and shaking my hand. And I’m panicking. Why are they so happy? I lean over and I say, ‘Stephen, what the fuck did I just sign?'””

    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/one-crazy-hour-with-buddy-cianci-20160201?page=2

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  8. How blogging citations work:

    “Turns out one the Republican Congressman who called Emily Nussbaum a “psycho” doesn’t even exist. So just to clarify: this Berniebro story exists because

    1) Wonkette’s Kaili Joy Gray is citing
    2) The New Republic’s Jamil Smith, who cited
    3) Mashable’s Emily Cohn, who cited
    4) New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, who credited to a Berniebro a quote from
    5) A Republican Congressman’s Twitter account, who turns out to not even be a Congressman, but rather
    6) A random troll who created a character “based on J.D. ‘Boss’ Hogg from the classic TV show, ‘The Dukes of Hazzard'”.”

    http://reason.com/blog/2016/02/01/clinton-shilling-journalists-should-stop

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