Everey day in obituaries, you will find combat metaphors about people who have died of cancer. “After a heroic battle against cancer,” “valiant fight against melanoma.” And so on. News stories routinely refer to “weapons” against the illness, the “arsenal” of drugs, “victories.”
Following on Susan Sontag’s crusade against the metaphorization of illness in general and Barbara Ehrenreich’s denunciation of some aspects of the militant (and also cutesy) “culture” of breast cancer, especially over the last decade, many psychologists, doctors and cancer patients have raised objections to the military trope for the disease.
They say that putting the experience into martial terms means that those who die are by definition, at least figuratively, losers.… Seguir leyendo »