Opinion

Porn Site Donates to Breast Cancer Research

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all kinds of organizations are making donations for the cause.  One highly unlikely website wanted to do their part.  Pornhub.com, an online pornography website, was allegedly trying to donate one cent for every 30 views of breast related videos to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  According to the Huffington Post, the website stated, “It doesn’t matter if you’re into itty-bitty-titties, the perfect handful, jumbo fun-bags or low-swinging flapjacks, what matters most is that your kind and selfless gesture will go a long way towards helping our sisters to find a cure.”  The website has their videos divided into two categories, which include “Big Tits” and “Small Tits” for viewing.  Pornhub.com also made efforts to help the cause this past April.  They sponsored a “Save Our Boobs” bus that made stops in New York City and offered free breast cancer screenings.

Pornhub.com joins the fight against breast cancer. | TipsTimes/Flickr.com

Susan G. Komen wanted to be no part of Pornhub.com’s offer.  In an email to NBC, they claimed, “We are not a partner, not accepting donations and have asked them to stop using our name.” According to rawstory.com, Pornhub raised over $3,000 in only a few days.  The website told NBC, “As such, Pornhub.com is now calling on all breast cancer foundations to come forward and be considered as the recipient of this cash donation.”
Anna Maus, a freshman undecided major, whose grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, agrees with Susan G. Komen’s decision not to accept Pornhub’s donation.  “I completely understand why,” she says. “It’s exploiting to women.”  However, the foundation doesn’t seem to be completely innocent in its own means of advertising.  Freshman biology major James Angelo claims, “I don’t know why they would turn down a donation that came from legal means, especially considering the ad choices for breast cancer awareness, like the ‘save the ta-ta’ stickers.”  I have to agree.  There are other ways of raising awareness than saying “save the ta-tas” and having shirts with the “I love boobies” logo.  With such slogans, Susan G. Komen is practically contradicting itself for not taking a donation from Pornhub.  The logos sound more like something found on Pornhub than something associated with raising breast cancer awareness.
Having a mother who recently battled breast cancer, I can say that foundations like Susan G. Komen can use every penny they can get to help stop this disease.  According to NBC News, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and affiliated events had raised more than $1.4 billion as of 2010.  Pornhub’s money may not be much compared to 1.4 billion, but $3,000 is $3,000.  According to the website, they “attract over 70 million to 90 million clicks per month.”  By the end of the month, the website could have raised a massive amount of money for the cause.
Susan G. Komen won’t accept a donation from an online porn site, but yet they promote products that can actually lead to cancer.  According to butterbeliever.com, the “Promise Me” perfume that is sold by the foundation “contains known, potent carcinogens so dangerous, they are banned by the International Fragrance Association.”  There really would be no point in purchasing such a product if it could put you more at risk.  Komen was also accepting funds from companies that manufacture unhealthy products, like Coca Cola and KFC.  I would much rather take the money from the porn site than companies that make toxic perfume and fried chicken.  According to an article on slate.com, the influx of cash to Susan G. Komen doesn’t all go towards “finding a cure:”  Only 24 percent of their donations go towards research.
Susan G. Komen is being ridiculous.  Someone offered them money for their cause, and they turned it down.  Yet, they’re perfectly fine with the “I love boobies” shirts and carcinogenic perfume.  I’m offended by their actions.  One in four women are affected by breast cancer, and it seems as if Susan G. Komen isn’t doing their best for those statistics to decrease.  I hope another organization steps up and takes the money from Pornhub to actually put it towards the cause.  With all the money coming in from products that no one should even go near, $3,000 is just pocket change to Susan G. Komen.  However, we just need to think of other ways to raise money for breast cancer research.  It’s almost sad to think that people might be able to sit at their computers watching Internet pornography with a glass of coke and a bucket of chicken and think that they’re doing their part to end breast cancer.  We should stick to healthier options, like walks and 5k races. But, even when doing so, not all of the money would be going towards the cause.  I’d rather just take my money directly to a research facility and hope that they actually use it.

Jessica Forte can be reached at jessica.forte@spartans.ut.edu

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