Rejoice! Apparently Angelina Jolie’s choice to have a preventative double mastectomy in February of last year has set a trend for other women to consider the procedure. More preventative double mastectomies means more women who are genetically predisposed to breast cancer’s lives will be saved. Who’d have thought that celebrities weren’t just put on this Earth to make us feel crummy about our disgusting unphotoshopped bodies?
The Daily Mail points to a nation-wide study conducted in England which concluded that around 800 British women will undergo preventive double mastectomies this year. That large number of women willing to have a very sensitive procedure is double what it has been in the past. The surge in willingness to have their breasts surgically removed is due to what has been dubbed the “Angelina Effect.”
The leader of the study, Manchester University’s Professor Gareth Evans who is a cancer genetics expert, believes that the movie star and sex symbol’s “brave decision” makes non-movie star women feel as though it’s okay to put their health first. Jolie is still sexy even after having her highly fetishized breasts removed. Non-celebrity women see that and are relieved of fear that they won’t stand a chance at being beautiful anymore if they decide to have a possibly live-saving operation.
Misogynists and weirdos all over the internet boo-ed Jolie for her decision because they thought they should have ownership over parts of her body. They considered it a crime against their boners for her to take her life in her own hands, but screw them. Jolie’s double mastectomy may have saved her life and the lives of others.
We are constantly inundated with celebrity news everywhere we look. Between tabloids and the internet, a celebrity can’t go to the grocery store without the world seeing pictures of it. The media’s constant, pervasive barrage of reporting on celebrity happenings–from fashion errors to baby naming to bad haircuts–has an obvious influence on everyday civilian culture, for better or for worse, though typically the latter (see: “the rachel”). Finally and against all odds, there is actually a really positive instance of a major public figure’s choices effect on the general public–a trend that doesn’t suck!
Via The Daily Mail//Image via Getty