Poetry Contest Winners Announced

A heart felt thank you to everyone who participated in the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam. The poems that were in the final round-up challenged taken-for-granted assumptions, values, beliefs, and norms in pink culture. According to the popular vote, there are three contest winners. Congratulations to all!!!

grand prize

$100 donated in the winner’s name directly to the cancer-related organization of their choice; a signed copy of Pink Ribbon Blues; and the winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.

“Who Loves Boobies?” by Stevie Free

Pink Boobies
Smeared
on Barbie Posters

Given Out
Free
To all incoming
Kindergartners

Swimming Against the Tide in
a flotsam sea
of Pink, Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow Bellied Boobie
Monitors

Afraid of Death
And Women’s Bodies

2nd place prize

$50 donated in the winner’s name directly to the cancer-related organization of their choice; a signed copy of Pink Ribbon Blues; and the winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.

“A Snarky Limerick” by Cancerfree2b

There once was a disease that killed many
But, then big pink cured it with money
Oh, wait that’s not true,
It still kills me and you
Does big pink think me a big dummy?

3rd place prize

$25 donated in the winner’s name directly to the cancer-related organization of their choice; a signed copy of Pink Ribbon Blues; and the winning poem with a short bio of the poet displayed on the PRB website through the month of Pinktober.

“The Walk of No Cure” by Jan

The rosy walk of good intentions

is littered with broken promises
and cancer cells left
to grow like weeds,

is worn down by once-hopeful feet
stumbling over pink ribbons
that morph to bloody red,

is marred by deep potholes of grief
for those claimed as victims
while still looking down the road

where the cure is dangled
like a cruel mirage.

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* GAYLE IN THE MEDIA *

"Seeing clearly through the pink haze" Toronto Sun

*Sad face*: Being happy does not help you live longer" New Scientist

How should we address breast cancer when norms continually change? The Guardian

Your Fun 'No Bra Day' Photos Are Overshadowing Terminal Breast Cancer Patients Broadly

Backlash against “pinkwashing” of breast cancer awareness campaigns BMJ

Breast Cancer to Rise 50 Percent by 2030? Hey, Not So Fast! Health News Review

Breast Cancer: The Flaws in the Cause iafrica.com

How to Make the Biggest Impact With Your Breast Cancer Donations Money

The Very Pink, Very Controversial Business of Breast Cancer Awareness Racked

NFL, Pink Ribbons Not Enough to Win over Women CNN

3 Questions We Need to Answer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Chronicle of Philanthropy

The problem with National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Women's Health Magazine

Pink Ribbon Envy: Living with an Uncool Cancer The Nib

A Year After Bombings, Some Say 'Boston Strong' Has Gone Overboard NPR, All Things Considered

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Time to Debunk the Mammography Myth CNN

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Why Jolie's Test Costs So Much CNN

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception BlogTalkRadio

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' KCRW

Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer The New York Times Magazine.

The Story Behind the Pink Ribbon Campaign Sisters Talk Radio

WISH Interview Women's International Summit for Health

Making Cancer About The Patient, Not The Body Part CBS Pittsburgh

Sexy breast cancer campaigns anger many patients USA Today

The perils of pink The Daily

Komen pink campaign creates breast-cancer blues for some Dallas Morning News

A yellow flag for the NFL's pink New York Daily

Gayle Sulik named #7 in SharecareNow’s Top 10 Online Influencers in Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cancer causes so easily derailed Philly Inquirer

Komen Charity Under Microscope for Funding, Science Reuters

The Fight Against Cancer - And Abortion? Salon.com

Susan G. Komen For the Cure defunds Planned Parenthood. In Deep with Angie Coiro

Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is there Pink Fatigue? NPR's All Things Considered

How is Breast Cancer Culture Undermining Women's Health? America’s Radio News Network

Pink Ribbon Culture and Breast Cancer The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Big Business of Breast Cancer
Marie Claire

Does Breast Cancer Awareness Month Crowd Out Other Diseases? Slate

Pink Inc. Has Many Starting to See Red The Sacramento Bee

Get Your Pink Off Ottawa Citizen

Komen Pink Ribbons Raise Green and Questions USA Today

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