I have been meaning write to Angelina Jolie for some time and was thinking of mentioning her breasts. I'm glad I didn't write as intended, because I can now write to her without embarrassment and focus entirely on her breasts.
I know lots of people have written about this, but what would be the
point of not blogging about it when it has affected me so utterly?
You may remember there was a bit of controversy, although not so much
disagreement I seem to remember among pubescent males of all ages, when
Lara Croft 2 was unveiled (so to speak) with eye-catching (literally if
you were too close and of a certain height), enhanced and somewhat
gravity-defying female protuberances. There was little such controversy
when Angelina was chosen to play the part, for fairly conspicuous
reasons. Not much of what I have read about her brave decision to
undergo a double mastectomy has referred to that fact.
I am just so impressed and in awe when anyone willingly subjects
themselves to so dramatic a procedure. Of course she rationalises it
with statistics and makes somewhat light of the unavoidable nature of
the decision. But that doesn't make it any easier in fact. There are
plenty of women (even now coming forward because of her action) who
didn't take the decision, despite the logic of the numbers.
The reports have referred almost entirely to the campaigning nature
of Angelina's recent work and how this surgery fits in with that. It
praises her for the influence her action will have on the decisions and
lives of others. That is undoubtedly true. She has done some very
special things. And this latest act and her decision to publicise it
will certainly have an impact - already is having an impact. I laud her
But I just wanted to add that this is not just another celeb doing
good work; not just a person in the spotlight taking advantage of
publicity; this is someone who no doubt considered her breasts among her
most important assets (I know I did and no doubt the director of Lara
Croft did too). How much braver can you be than to submit yourselves to
surgery to lose something that is so important to your image. OK, she
isn't losing them exactly and these days one never knows what's real and
what isn't, but to then reveal your actions to your public, that is
Angelina, I salute you. And I'm sorry about that last letter, please tear it up now.