Connecticut Officials Who Banned Breast Cancer Exhibit Are Major Prudes

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There's always someone in the bunch who's got to ruin it for everyone else.

In this case, it's town officials in Manchester, Connecticut who've said no to a "Paint the Ta Tas-Celebrating Life" exhibit, which is intended to honor breast cancer survivors and promote breast cancer awareness. As you can see from the image here, the exhibit features 35 life-size female and male plastic torsos painted with designs and messages about the deadly disease. But officials say these figures are -- GASP! -- too risque to display in the town hall.

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Here's General Manager Scott Shanley explaining why the "Ta-Tas" exhibit will be on display in the hospital instead of the lobby of town hall:

While art should provoke thought, the torsos may be too provocative ... It's moving, sometimes a little shocking, sometimes a little edgy. It's great art -- just not for town hall where people don't have a choice but to view it.

If you watch the video, you can see that the torsos are painted with sunflowers, teardrops, rain clouds, and other abstract images. They're "edgy" only for people whose minds are constantly in the gutter and who can only focus on breasts as sexual objects. But for people who understand that breasts are a biological part of a woman's body that can be affected by a deadly disease, the torsos are making a powerful and potentially life-saving statement.

The Connecticut officials are worried that the artwork will offend residents. But if you ask me, the only thing offensive here is that the town is missing out on the opportunity to use a very public space to raise awareness (and possibly funds for research!) about a very scary disease that affects so many men and women. Not only that, it seems to be sending a clear message that breast cancer is too "edgy" and "shocking" to be talked about in the public space.

 

Image via CTNow.com

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