The Fake Tit Fund
For every body affected by breast cancer. Boobs, fake boobs, one boob, no boobs.
After my mother’s friend Suzannah was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, I became interested in the area of treatment where patient’s have the opportunity to make decisions based on their sense of personal identity. Suz, who was genetically predisposed to the gene, felt optimistic about having “fake tits, post-op”.
I decided to research this personal process and the resources available to patients about their options after mastectomy. My aim was to explore the reality of these decisions, like Suzannah’s to have her breasts reconstructed. After approaching survivors on social media who were speaking on their experiences publicly, I found that reconstructions were often encouraged by doctors to instil a sense of normalcy after treatment, but that the reality of reconstruction can have its own challenges. I also became aware of many survivors opting out of reconstruction to remain flat, and my focus broadened as I witnessed the diversity within this process, and the need for a visual resource that reflects the community.
The objective is to encourage and increase nude representation of breast cancer survivors to raise awareness about treatment, options, and positive emotional wellbeing. By bringing focus to mastectomy scars, breast reconstructions, "going flat", nipple and breast tattoos, etc., we hope to support the community throughout and after treatment by acknowledging and exploring their changing sense of identity. I hope the images and information I am collecting for Tissue will make a useful resource for those affected by breast cancer to relate to throughout their journey.
Fundraising through curation and collaboration.
The Fake Tit Fund products are designed to be noticeable and spark dialogue surrounding breast cancer recovery and treatment.
The growing curation of goods will sustain the project with at least 50% of proceeds donated to charity.
Through collaborative projects, TFTF aims to expand our product line by promoting independent makers’ work and increasing our donations to breast cancer research and charities that support the community. Every item is designed to be noticeable, raise awareness, and spark dialogue surrounding treatment, recovery, and personal aesthetic decisions.
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