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 Post subject: don't forget to check your balls if you have them
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 12:33 pm 
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I never knew that men should check for testicular cancer monthly. I think I'll remind my guy to check his balls when I do my self-check each month. I have a natural reminder that a month has passed that he lacks, so I can see him forgetting and only checking every couple of months.

Video contains medical context nudity so I'll just put a link here. How to check for testicular cancer

And these are the things that I learn from facebook.


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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:24 am 
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Yes! I had a cousin who died from testicular cancer at a very young age. It went undetected for far too long because of not checking. Which reminds me I need to remind my sweetheart too.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:31 pm 
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I never knew that men should check for testicular cancer monthly. I think I'll remind my guy to check his balls when I do my self-check each month. (etc).


I find this thread in general and the phrasing in particular kind of insulting. Out of curiosity, if a guy were to post something saying, "Don't forget to check your tits if you have them!" with links to videos, encouraging men to go remind their ladies to do monthly self-checks, would you think that was cool or would you have some other reaction?

I mean, I appreciate the thought and the reminder, but something about having it show up here really bugs me. I'm just curious if it's more than just me or if I'm over-reacting or what.

EDIT TO ADD: Apparently "tits" isn't filtered. That's kind of surprising. Time to go post that birding thread I've been putting off...

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:54 pm 
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I think we do have a don't forget to get a pap smear thread.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:54 pm 
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^^overreacting for the sake of preempting someone else's reciprocated overreaction feeds the cycle! let's all just chill out about our bits. would it be less offensive if I (or another male) had said it?

check your nuts!
check your testes!
check your sack!

oh and lads, be sure to check your tits/rack/boobs too. we can totally get breast cancer!

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 12:56 pm 
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Agreed. Check your balls, folks.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 1:30 pm 
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joshua wrote:
^^overreacting for the sake of preempting someone else's reciprocated overreaction feeds the cycle! let's all just chill out about our bits. would it be less offensive if I (or another male) had said it?


No, but possibly less condescending.

Anyway, I was just curious if it was just me or how it would work if it were turned around.

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 Post subject: Re: don't forget to check your balls if you have them
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 2:05 pm 
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i just read it as "check 'em if you got 'em" (can't check 'em if you don't got 'em.)

i thought this thread being bumped was going to be about this that i saw today:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... ccess.html


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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 3:40 pm 
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i think it's not as bad as you are making it to be. the only reason women don't need to be reminded to check their tatas is because it's in our faces all the damn time. pink this, pink that aaaaaaahhhhhhh pink pink pink!

if it was as under PSA'ed as nut cancer, then it'd be fine (even if a man posted it, but more appreciative if a woman posted it, simply because it'd appear kind of superficial coming from a man, considering how much boobies are visually appreciated by most of them.) we can do fine without boobies if we needed a mastectomy, since our hormones are produced elsewhere, but you kinda need your jewels to stay healthy. (an equivalent PSA would be ovarian cancer. and i would have no problem whatsoever if a man posted it.)

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 3:52 pm 
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Yeah the last time I saw any reminders about checking testicles it was Tom Green. TOM GREEN.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 3:55 pm 
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if it was as under PSA'ed as nut cancer, then it'd be fine (even if a man posted it, but more appreciative if a woman posted it, simply because it'd appear kind of superficial coming from a man, considering how much boobies are visually appreciated by most of them.)


Two things stand out here:

1: "Nut cancer." If I called it "tit cancer" would that be offensive? We're talking medical stuff here, so we should stick with medical terminology when talking about the medical stuff. Otherwise it just sounds dumb and condescending.

2. "...it'd appear kind of superficial coming from a man..." YEAH, that's it exactly. It feels superficial coming out of the blue. If it was in a more personal context-- Catalina's cousin, for example, if it were recent. You know, "My cousin died yesterday from testicular cancer-- guys, please remember to check." But as originally posted, you hit it exactly-- it feels superficial. So I guess that's why it bugs me.

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 3:56 pm 
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I'm just happy people are talking about my balls.

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1: "Nut cancer." If I called it "tit cancer" would that be offensive? We're talking medical stuff here, so we should stick with medical terminology when talking about the medical stuff. Otherwise it just sounds dumb and condescending.

you essentially did in your first response. (that's why i countered with nut cancer) trying to keep it light here.

also, i'm willing to give pi the benefit of the doubt. she doesn't have to explain her personal story if she doesn't feel comfortable.

also, biceps cancer or abs cancer would be a suitable superficial male analogue to breast cancer in women, since as i said above, testicles are extremely important to male health.

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I don't know, if a guy posted a thread titled "go get your tit squished" I would laugh. But that's just how I roll.

But honestly, if not for this thread it would not have occurred to me to encourage my husband to do a thorough going over of his testicles. And he definitely would not think to do it himself. I had to convince him to go to the hospital for stitches when he cut his foot with a chain saw.

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yeah, there's a reason why there's that stereotype about men who don't think about their health as much as women do.

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Because there's stereotypes about pretty much anything? That stereotype was always strange to me, seeing as my boyfriend is hypochondriac and I just went through 6 months of being convinced he had testicular cancer..

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supercarrot wrote:
solipsistnation wrote:
1: "Nut cancer." If I called it "tit cancer" would that be offensive? We're talking medical stuff here, so we should stick with medical terminology when talking about the medical stuff. Otherwise it just sounds dumb and condescending.

you essentially did in your first response. (that's why i countered with nut cancer) trying to keep it light here.


Right, that was for effect, and didn't make the point as explicitly as just coming out and saying as much.

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also, i'm willing to give pi the benefit of the doubt. she doesn't have to explain her personal story if she doesn't feel comfortable.


I dunno. "These are the things that I learn from facebook" is part of why it seemed superficial. Was there more of a story?

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also, biceps cancer or abs cancer would be a suitable superficial male analogue to breast cancer in women, since as i said above, testicles are extremely important to male health.


Or you could just talk about breast cancer in men, since it happens, while muscular tumors are extraordinarily rare. Learn about it, ladies! MEN'S RIGHTS WHOO.

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escalated risk of male breast cancer REP-RE-SENT. THANK fork ALL THE PINK shiitake IS THERE or no one would realise this is also a male affliction!

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yes, but mens' breasts aren't as visually and tactile-ly important to women as womens' breasts are to men. (i've exhausted my ways of explaining why female breast cancer awareness is more superficial than testicular cancer awareness. if you're not on board now, then nothing else i say can help.)

(i authored my response before joshua's response went through, sorry. obviously, all cancer awareness is good.)

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yes, but mens' breasts aren't as visually and tactile-ly important to women as womens' breasts are to men.


Let me see. I think what you're saying is: dudes dig boobs; thus there are big pushes for lady breast cancer awareness, often spearheaded by giant soulless corporations looking for an easy way to look like they're supporting women and stuff while selling junk with ribbons emblazoned on them.

Ladies aren't that into scrotums in general and dudes tend to be pretty private about their privates, so when somebody talks about testicular cancer awareness, there is a higher probability of it being sincere than similar notices about breast cancer.

Is this what you're saying? Because if it is, I have to agree with you.

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prostate cancer awareness. that's what we need. brown all of the things!

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prostate cancer awareness. that's what we need. brown all of the things!


HEY LADIES!

You should check your boyfriends for prostate cancer! It's best if they're relaxed when you check, so wait until you're hanging out in bed or something and dive right in! Don't warn them first or it won't be conclusive!

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Is this what you're saying? Because if it is, I have to agree with you.

yeah. part of it. absotootely!

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So, what are you arguing about again?

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I think it's that pi. is a girl. Or something. I'm still looking for that Tom Green song where the little animated balls jump over the lyrics.

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