HONOLULU — What started as an idea to help fight breast cancer got some Honolulu EMS personnel in hot water. A group of female paramedics wanted to make a calendar to raise awareness of breast cancer and bring in money for the Susan B. Komen Race For The Cure Foundation. But when Komen officials got a look at the photos the project was dropped, and EMS officials said an investigation was under way.
The boobs in question are not the ones that we will alas not be seeing, but the people from the Komen Foundation and the medical director of Honolulu EMS. Oh, and the people who will send in the inevitable “This is why we aren’t respected as a profession, blah, blah, blah…) comments. No the reason that we aren’t respected as a profession is because we are a skill set that is open to everyone, including people who do it for free, people who do it until they get a “real” job, and people who do it as a side line. And because we take ourselves way to seriously. Which is beside the point.
First, I don’t much care for the Komen Foundation. They suck up a lot of money for research into cancer that should go to cancers that kill a lot more women than does breast cancer. Again, that is beside the point.
Very few people find a little cleavage, or even a lot of cleavage, offensive. Is it OK to mix cleavage with ambulances? I think so, if it’s clear, as it appears to be from what I could see on the video, that these EMTs and paramedics weren’t on duty, weren’t taking an ambulance out of service, weren’t slowing responses, and weren’t offering sex to anyone in an ambulance or out.
Of course I’m so totally out of the politically correct loop that no doubt I’m missing something. Women, who are 99% of breast cancer victims (oh, I’m not supposed to use that word) want to do something about a disease that attacks their self and other image. They come up with an idea that shows less cleavage than you see at a the average baseball game. They put the whole thing together and the organization that they were planning to help gets cold feet. Then it hits TV in an attempt to bolster ratings and cause a kefluffle. Then the EMS boss raises the alarm, rounds up the usual suspects, and the witch hunt begins.
There are enough fully clothed boobs in this story to do an 18 month calendar for the “Get A Life” foundation with two pictures per month.
You’d think people would have important things on their mind, but you’d be wrong.