Angelina Jolie reveals double mastectomy in op-ed

Actress Angelina Jolie has written about her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy in a New York Times piece.

In the piece, Jolie writes:

My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 56. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.

We often speak of “Mommy’s mommy,” and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me. I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a “faulty” gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

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According to a study published in the European Journal of Cancer, premenopausal women who do not wear bras are less than half as likely to get breast cancer that those who regularly wear a bra.

Women wearing a bra 24 hours a day had a 3 in 4 chance of developing breast cancer.
Women wearing their bras 12 hours a day, but not to bed, had a 1 in 7 chance of developing breast cancer.
Women wearing bras less than 12 hours a day had a 1 in 152 chance of developing breast cancer.
Those who rarely or never wore a bra virtually never developed breast cancer

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GOD FORBID A WOMAN HAVE HER BREASTS REMOVED TO PREVENT CANCER FROM HAPPENING. A WOMAN, WHO WATCHED HER MOTHER DIE OF CANCER, IS TRYING TO SPARE HER CHILDREN THAT PAIN IN WHATEVER WAY SHE CAN. SHE WANTS TO BE THERE FOR THEM. NOW EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH THAT? WOMEN ARE FAR TOO OBJECTIFIED AND PRAISED FOR THEIR BODIES IF THEY ARE ‘PERFECT’ THAN FOR THEIR MINDS, HEARTS, AND SOULS. ANYONE WHO SAYS ANGELINA JOLIE ISN’T A HERO AND A FUCKING ROLE MODEL CAN KISS MY ASS!

I have a newfound respect for Angelina Jolie. I’m gonna be honest, I always secretly hated her because of the whole Brad/Jennifer thing (I know I know, it’s so dumb but I was a naive 14 year old when it happened and I was obsessed with Friends and Jennifer Aniston at the time so I never again liked or forgave Brangelina). 

But this double mastectomy must have taken an enormous amount of courage and strength. And I praise her for taking care of herself, and for having the confidence in herself as a woman and a human being to show society/media who constantly over-sexualize women that she’d rather be safe and healthy than be worshipped for her body. And that she’s just as beautiful and just as much of a person without her breasts.

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How Brad Pitt Protects Angelina Jolie Before and After her Double Mastectomy [PHOTOS]

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The Jolie-Pitt clan is a picture of a happy family - -  a big rarity in a Hollywood family and surely one of very few among celebrities. Brad Pitt finds more work (though ones that don’t involved sex with leading ladies); Angelina Jolie spreads herself thin with her own projects and advocacies and the powerful couple have managed to come out just fine amidst the chaos brought by their six children and a family dog.  

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A piece of my mind.

I find it completely appalling that the men of America are criticizing Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy. Firstly, not only is it anyone’s business but her own, but she has the cancer gene and has an 87% chance of getting cancer herself. Her body is her own personal choice.

Instead of telling her how brave and inspirational she is for going through such a troubling procedure, men everywhere are yelling at her for getting rid of her “amazing rack”.

Let me make this very clear: women do not belong to men. Their bodies do not belong to you and what we do with our bodies does not affect you. Ever.

We can get enhancements, abortions, life-saving surgeries, and do anything else to our bodies that we want and it doesn’t concern you. We are not alive purely for your enjoyment.

This case is a perfect example of why we need women’s rights and a strong women movement. Women are not objects, we are people. And we have the right to do whatever we want with our bodies, our sexuality, our person, without your approval.

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