It's a little surprising how much praise Angelina Jolie has garnered for her announcement about her double mastectomy. She's even made the cover of Time Magazine (in a suitably noble pose).
Everyone is calling her a "hero." All for taking a precautionary step to preserve her own health.
I had always thought that a hero was someone who put himself in the line of danger to protect others.
Jolie said in her NY Times op-ed that she now has implants. (Wasn't it sorta obvious she's had them all along?)
But seeing how much glory and approval Angelina Jolie has gotten for her procedure has inspired me to undergo a similar procedure -- to prevent testicular cancer.
Curiously, even though most of the men I've spoken to about this have questioned my sanity, every feminist I've spoken to has heartily encouraged me to take this brave step.
In fact, their support has been downright enthusiastic.
Even my wife has been encouraging. She's actually asked for the byproducts of the operation, so she can carry them around in her purse, as a keepsake.
Let the fulsome plaudits begin.