Give Me Strength

I wasn’t going to say anything, I was just going to sit this one out, there was only a few days to go, it’s nearly the end of the month & I’m working on a few other ideas but…

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been assaulted by ads for Breast Cancer Awareness Month on the radio. Each time I have dutifully said “Knickers’ aloud & either switched off or changed the channel. I don’t normally listen to the radio, but when I’m in the warehouse at work, I enjoy the odd good tune. Today, however it all just got too much – for I found out that far from being over, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what they’ve actually been doing is advertising for next month – it seems October has been dedicated to the gods or goddesses of breast cancer – Give me strength!

I’ve written about my views previously in
and was heartened by some hearty responses. As in my previous article I will use the appellation ‘knickers‘ for the rest of this article & as as explained previously this is not out of disrespect for my fellow human beings, but an attempt to dislodge, even if only a little, the vice like grip that knickers seems to hold in the collective programming of our race.

So I was thinking today, no actually I was fuming about the marketing of knickers. Somewhere, in a couple of places & quite some time ago I came across some mention of breasts as having great significance – far beyond feeding babies. Something earthy & spiritual – I can’t remember where & when I search the internet it seems the word breast is now firmly manacled to knickers – it seems you can’t have one without the other.

Knickers groups have hijacked two universal symbols (& a whole bloody month) – please tell me who decides that a disease can have ‘dabs’ on the flower that is the herald of Spring & on a colour that has been programmed into our very being as the symbol of love & femininity (especially young girls). Taking another look at that – we can very easily link daffodils & baby girls – both eternal symbols of new life & regeneration. It rather brings to mind the Roman Catholic version of original sin -roll up, roll up, get your programming early while it’s fresh.

You know how embarrassing families can be? Well sometimes… it goes for countries too. If you scrolled down quickly you might be forgiven for thinking my site had turned pornographic. I have to own up to this next image as coming from my own home town of Auckland.

Here’s the official version
On Monday, October 1 2007, SKYCITY will lead the world in marking October as international Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning the Sky Tower hot pink as part of the Global Illumination Campaign.” Not so keen on those last three words myself.

I’ve been pondering today about how the rise in the feminist movement seems to correspond with the rise in breast knickers. Breasts are a universal symbol of the female sex, so it’s interesting that the apparent rise in women’s liberation has run concurrently with the multi million dollar industries of breast mutilation, err sorry I mean surgery and more recently with the huge increase (pun not intended) in breast augmentation. For the last 50 odd years breasts have been the subject of a hell of a lot of interest & intrusion. It’s gotten to the stage where one doesn’t feel quite safe owning a pair – so why is that? We’ve all accepted that it’s the modern way of life, stress, our diet, toxic environment etc… – just the normal day to day trifles we accept, but I’m in a sceptical mood & I don’t feel like buying.

To borrow a phrase from Michael at Hidden Agendas, I have a wild theory that our bodies are highly sensitive & capable of understanding vast amounts that our programmed brains can not. I feel this is why they are so relentlessly targeted. Ed from Mercury’s Garden (see side links) pointed out again today the hazards of vaccinations & his belief that the mercury in them caused his son’s autism. Not so long ago in NZ all the ‘under 20’s’ were targeted for a meningitis vaccination – three jabs were necessary but it was all free of charge courtesy of a caring government. Just prior to the onslaught of the vaccination there was a highly publicised case which I believe led to the unquestioning acceptance of a vaccine that I have read was rejected elsewhere – sorry I’ve gone looking & can’t find it now – but any readers who find their way here will have the nous to find that kind of info themselves.

Every avenue of physical health destruction seems to be being explored & exploited, no effort or expense spared. My feeling is that our bodies may be our best friends if we could but learn their language. Some time back I read a book called Meaning-full Disease by NZ’er Brian Bloom, & as I read I felt as if I was being put back together – this marvellous man weaves the human being together so wondrously that there are no seams in mind or body, no separation, & in doing so helps people to hear & understand the stories that their bodies are telling them. In one case a daughter had taken on her mother’s mental anguish in physical form – his message that there are no divisions -just experience translated in different forms.

So I return to the, dare I say frontal assault on breasts by the endless marketed knickers. The fear of it alone leads god knows how many women to subject delicate breast tissue to yearly x-rays. I just can’t see men falling for that & having their scrotum crushed & photographed- the knicker industry had to be a little more cunning there, but top marks to them, the prostate seems to be proving a very popular destination. Sorry back to breasts, it seems to me that they were the launch pad for the modern knicker business, the kind of ‘Coco Chanel of knickers’ – market launching it upon the world. There have been celebrity cases & deaths like Linda McCartney & Jill Ireland to maintain it’s status & a host of trendy survivors like Kylie Minogue to make it more appealing to the younger generation.

In the book The Cancer Conspiracy by NZ Doctor Toni Jeffries, she states that we still don’t even know what knickers is. Maybe not medically, but financially it’s one hell of an earner. It’s also one hell of a way to make us fear our bodies when we need to learn the language they speak & one things for sure they don’t speak pharmaceuticalish .

A few marketing ideas – franchise anyone?


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Oh Knickers ‘Phone Home’

A sucker for a little masonic pink

Why cats hate humans.

September 26, 2008. Uncategorized.


  1. aferrismoon replied:

    AVON have year round adverts for knickers in Czech.This leads on to the charities – there’s a few Czech ones, but Avon ‘knickers’, Amnesty International and Green peace spend their time printing T-shirts.Someone asked if I wanted to contribute but I told them I’m not paying for teeshirts and I would also like to see the charities accounts – she declined.The Knickers thing seems to work on the old superstition lie – if u don’t give u gonna laugh when u get it. So people don the pink tops and perhaps imagine they’ll be passed over [ by the avenging angel]Charities become bigger and bigger which is actually proof that they aren’t succeeding one bit.Always ask the charity-workers if u can see the accounts before donating, or ask what tax-breaks u can get , like the big company donaters.Ciao4Now


  2. Ed replied:

    I am a bit confused. Isn’t knickers a word used for ladies undergarments? Does it have other meanings? I apologize for my ignorance, but it’s not a commonly used word in the states.


  3. Michael Skaggs replied:

    Oh Wise, great humor and post![Uh, Ed, she uses knickers in place of cancer, so if you reverse it, it will make sense to you]Knickers indeed to cancer! Right now, I am dealing with where I work, the government is getting ready to assault the community with pink. Grrr. Is it supposed to be soothing?I associate it with Pepto Bismol, which turns my stomach at the thought of it.Aferris, I made ONE donation to an animal charity group, then decided to investigate them, turns out that they are OWNED by Exxon, a major oil company. This group was trying to raise money to prevent land being BOUGHT by oil industries and keep habitat for Gray Wolves in the states. Boy did I feel like the fool and wanted my money back. Problem, reaction, solution. Most charities are fronts of the companies causing the problem.So does that mean knickers [cancer] charities are backed by big pharmacom? Perhaps. It all keeps everyone happily running round the hamster wheel!Loved the photos at the end! Nicely added, creating that much needed “laughter” after the subject! Cheers Wise!


  4. Ed replied:

    Thanks Michael. I am a little dense sometimes. It makes perfect sense now, good post!


  5. wise woman replied:

    Dear god Aferrismoon! I see what you mean, I went surfing on the internet.Good point on the superstition thingy hadn't thought of that – it just seems so very vogue – also I wonder if it's become a woman's symbol of suffering – which of course is only going to prolong it. One thing I realise about marketing is you can sell anything – even death wrapped up in pretty pink.I do sponsor a child through World Vision, I now have serious doubts but there's the fear of letting her down if I stop – which of course is how it works – no way do I want to be helping pay for her vaccinations.LOL Ed – you are quite right. A long time ago in British comedies there were some comedians who would say 'knickers' loudly & with feeling when something went wrong – so a very mild & slightly saucy swear word, which is fun to say. I wrote an article awhile ago & somehow couldn't bring myself to use the 'c' word & so swapped it for 'knickers' as a way to try & undo a little of the poison of that word.Anyway when your pissed off try saying 'knickers' out loud – it's fun :)Hey MichaelYep, pink is being 'done to death' – actually I remember hearing the phrase that 'pink is the new black'.I have only come across one 'knickers' joke on a very bad movie on a plane – can't remember precisely, it was more the way the words were spoken by a bit of an idiot, but my son & I were laughing for ages – that laughter you get when someone releases you from guilt!Glad you enjoyed the pics – though I see my text went out of whack again! Cheers all


  6. annemarie replied:

    "To borrow a phrase from Michael at Hidden Agendas, I have a wild theory that our bodies are highly sensitive & capable of understanding vast amounts that our programmed brains can not."——————–Hallo Wise :)Damn, as soon as I saw that sea of hot pink caps! Knickers is right. And what a sick proposition, imo, cancer "awareness" month! Particularly the way it's being marketed. And marketed is the right bloody word too. How many millions a year in research funds, or is it billions, that those people raise? And nary an ounce of cure/progress to show for it eh. Progress would have to involve prevention though wouldn't it, and that involves living more naturally and more healthfully. Not as profitable for the medical and big pharma establishments though, is it. Give me strength is right. Those images of Cancerella's shoes and the rest are really slick and sick, pathetically so. That tee shirt is hideous. What in the name of jesus is wrong with everybody! Oh btw, let's not forget that at last week's Emmy's that recent double-mastectomy patient and tv actress, Christina Applegate, was resplendent on her traipse along the red carpet! Apparently that was BIG news. (I don't watch any of that teevee shite. Just glean this garbage from headlines whilst accessing my hotmail. Can't get away from this shit if we want,eh.) Now I haven't heard of Michael at Hidden Agendas but, I've long known that our bodies are highly sensitive and capable of vast understanding (innerstanding?). Read 'The Body Never Lies' or anything else by the brilliant and loving Alice Miller for plenty of elaboration on that theme, and then some. Also here's an excerpt from Louise Hay — who btw is wayyyy too new-agey in many ways for my sensibilities — but who postulates in her book, 'You Can Heal Your Life' that breast problems stem from: A refusal to nourish the self. Putting everyone else first. Overmothering. Overprotection. Overbearing attitudes.And that cancer stems from:Deep hurt. Longstanding resentment. Deep secret or grief eating away at the self. Carrying hatreds. ‘What’s the use?’ [a giving up or resignation sort of attitude]I know that some will want to pooh-pooh Hay’s positions, and that’s fine by me. But her basic premise and one with which I agree is that many or most dis-eases are emotionally based. Not all certainly, but many. Anyhow, the long and short of it is that understanding this wholistic approach to health and wellness, and incorporating it into my life has been supremely beneficial for me, mine, and many others whom I’ve introduced to those books. I’m convinced that the holy trinity really is a Wholistic One of ‘mind, body, and spirit’.Thanks for that read Wise. Always refreshing to read you. Gonna’ try and post a comment on Cowards that I wasn’t able to post yesterday for some reason.See ya,


  7. annemarie replied:

    Oh gawd, going thru the comments here made me think of “pretty in pink” and how creepy that now seems given its knickers association. ugh


  8. wise woman replied:

    Hi AnnemarieThanks for that hearty response – thank god there are some sane people in the world. You know I think if I started spouting this stuff in the street, oh I suppose it would be the Malls wouldn't it (there's no one left in the streets these days), I think I'd risk being stoned (the kind where they chuck rocks) such is the sanctity of 'knickers' – to me it's like putting your garbage on an altar & bowing down to it – personally I prefer the bin men to come & take it away – less flies to worry about


  9. celticrebel replied:

    I passed a hospital a couple months ago, and they had huge sign in front that said “mammograms” $39.95. I’m thinking it costs them more than that just to fire up the machine, and that’s not even counting technician time, whatnot.Logic would dictate the only way they make money on the process is IF they FIND c … knickers…I’m practically convinced that radiation from the machines is probably the number one cause of .. here we go again, knickers … :-) Recalled a recent story where the new test is 10 times as accurate, but puts out 10 times the radiation of something to that effect.


  10. wise woman replied:

    Hi Mr RebelIndeed I have read a book written a few years ago now that says women who have mammograms are 6 times more likely to develop 'knickers' – in NZ they are free for women over 40 & up until a certain age – I can't remember the cut off point – I guess when they're no lonfer a financial gain.


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