This week the St. Catharines Standard ran the picture you see
above under the heading,
"I am still a WOMAN".
The newspaper photo included her face
and took up 3/4 of the front page.
It was shocking,
and the reader was supposed to see it as
a visual punch in the jaw to cancer.
But it was very wrong.
Her statement that she is still a woman is absolutely true.
And to publish a picture of the face and naked torso of any
woman in our community should be seen as totally
immoral at worst, an assault on her dignity at best.
But sick people are vulnerable people.
And sick, pretty, young women are vulnerable AND exploitable.
Try to imagine the photo of a man who had lost
a testicle to cancer posed on the front page
in a similar manner.
The Standard usually does an outstanding job giving voice to
the struggles of the people in this community,
but not this time.