Angelina Jolie Pitt’s decision to remove both of her breasts two years ago, and now her ovaries and Fallopian tubes has sparked an interesting conversation around women’s health and the importance of creating the necessary awareness to educate women in their medical decisions.
Breast and ovarian cancer is caused by a mutation in the BRCA1 gene.
New tests have become a great resource for women with a history of cancer in their families.
Jolie has become a spokeswoman for such women aorund the world, suffering from this disease.
The new gene testing to reveal the BRCA1 gene, which is the mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer, has become a great resource for women that suspect possible cancer in their future due to close family deaths.
Jolie stated in The New York Times: “I wanted other women at risk to know about the options.”
“I promised to follow up with any information that could be useful, including about my next preventive surgery, the removal of my ovaries and Fallopian tubes.”
Jolie’s dramatic decision to remove her most feminine organs has caused the onset of immediate menopause.
This has produced numerous effects that are less than desirable, but nonetheless bearable as an alternative to cancer.
However, just because you carry the BCRA gene doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get cancer.
Jolie’s decision to remove her organs was not simply a result of her carrying the gene, but more because of the death of her mother, grandmother and aunt as a result of cancer.
The controversy over her decision is the fact that the surgery isn’t absolutely necessary.
Has this surgery made her less of a woman?
Are the effects worth the criticism?
Although Jolie’s brave decision to remove her organs has created a new awareness for women, it has sparked a debate about the necessity of such surgeries and the many effects that it has.
Surgeries like this blur the line between male and female.
The defining characteristics that constitute a woman are becoming less obvious.
How is Jolie, then, different from a man?
The cancer epidemic has caused women to abandon aspects that make them a woman.
This horrid disease not only kills, but changes identity.
Jolie is already aware of the struggles she will face in transforming from a pre-menopause to post-menopause woman.
The effects are undoubtedly worth it, considering the alternative, but they definitely contribute to a new definition of gender and what it means to be a man and a woman.
The conversation around gender has become increasingly relevant as more people are identifying as gender fluid or transgender.
Society is becoming less rigid in its definition of men and women, causing Jolie’s decision to be less shocking and more admirable.
Had this same decision been made decades ago, Jolie would have been ridiculed and critisized for her abandonment of her femininity.
It is time to recognize that gender is becoming less rigid and more flexible.
Women’s freedom is largely increasing and decisions such as Jolie’s are more acceptable and empowering.
Let us all follow in Jolie’s example.