The Politics of Pink, Plus Recap

ANNOUNCEMENT — GAYLE SULIK INTERVIEW

Breast cancer used to be a tragedy, something that was not okay. There was no glory, or honor, or cuteness. Now, thanks to the commercialization of the cause, the disease has been glorified, a girly version of the hero’s journey. Run the race, wear the T-shirt, buy the teddy bear. And if you’re . . . → Read More: The Politics of Pink

A Poem by Krisanne A. Dattir

Brief Biography:

Krisanne A Dattir, an aerialist on hiatus, is an award winning poet who has been published in various print and on-line venues. She is presently working on her MFA thesis, a memoir hybrid, which includes how her diagnosis with breast cancer last year interrupted her training and an aerial silks performance. She is also . . . → Read More: A Poem by Krisanne A. Dattir

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #4

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem is a Haiku – a very short form of Japanese poetry typically with 17 syllables that are divided into three units of 5, 7, and 5.

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #4

They say I’m brave

. . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #4

Culture Jamming, Amazon-Style

Culture Jamming is a way to break from the habitual assumptions, patterns, beliefs, and processes that saturate everyday life. This month Pink Ribbon Blues highlights the jamming potential of poetry to interrupt pink cultural norms and routines.

Lyrics are poetry too, and The Accidental Amazon is a culture jamming songstress extraordinaire. Check out her remake of the 1980s song “Shout” . . . → Read More: Culture Jamming, Amazon-Style

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #3

“Chemo” by Jackie Fox

Pincushion arm takes

the drip of magic poison;

Yes, cancer is glam.

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry; a 17-syllable verse typically divided into three units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout . . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #3

Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #2

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem uses Free Verse, a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern.

Thirty Years Running

Poised for grace

Channels rise,

Then rush.

. . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #2

A Poetic Comment

The Gray Unexplored Twilight of Stage IV

By Metsy Betsy

I will always have my port.

I will always be going to the cancer center.

I will always see my oncologist once a month.

I will always go for scans every three months.

I will always be in treatment.

. . . → Read More: A Poetic Comment

“The Scent of Exploitation”

KomenWatch (www.komenwatch.org) is a public service website aimed at “sharing information and generating critical discussion about the largest breast cancer fundraiser in the world, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.” The KomenWatch website includes a large, searchable database of news sources and other articles – dating back to the 1990s – that highlight public concerns about the Komen organization and/or . . . → Read More: “The Scent of Exploitation”

Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #1

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry forms throughout the month of June. Today’s poem uses Free Verse, a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern.

Getting Nowhere Fast!

by “a woman in her doctor’s office while awaiting test results”

. . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Free Verse #1

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #2

Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #2

Nothing so pretty

Shining light on ribbons pink;

Click here to begin!

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry; a 17-syllable verse typically divided into three units consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.

In honor of the Pink Ribbon Blues Poetry Jam, we’ll publish various poetry . . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Blues Haiku #2

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“Pink Ribbon Blues”

Paperback includes a new Introduction on fundraising controversies and a color insert with images of, and reactions to, the pinking of breast cancer (2012).


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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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