After Pink Ribbon Blues came out, Bill Noren periodically sent me photos, news items, and other tidbits about pink ribbon culture that concerned him. Several of the images and photos that are sprinkled throughout the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog and in the ever-expanding photo gallery came from him. Last Spring, Bill sent me some . . . → Read More: 16. Loss and Remembering: A Story of Heather Beyer
Dr. Linda Rubin, professor and licensed psychologist, is today’s Pink Ribbon Blues contributor.
While reading the first few pages of Gayle Sulik’s book, Pink Ribbon Blues, it hit me: I had never heard any public accounts of women’s breast cancer experiences that were anything but positive, triumphant, and uplifting. I asked myself, how . . . → Read More: Pink Ribbon Culture as a Form of Psychological Denial
XKCD.com posted a comic strip called “Positive Attitude.” In just three frames, the faceless, nameless stick figures capture a common American experience: the mandate for positive thinking in the face of illness.
1. After telling a service provider that s/he is sick and scared, the provider explains to the patient that having a good . . . → Read More: On “Positive Attitude”
Peggy Orenstein, author of forthcoming book Cindarella Ate My Daughter, wrote a compelling article for The New York Times Magazine (Nov. 12, 2010) addressing contemporary efforts to make breast cancer “sexy” for an upbeat and stylized cancer marketplace. In Think About Pink, Orenstein critiques the “I ❤ Boobies” and “Save the Ta-tas” campaigns that . . . → Read More: NY Times Magazine’s, “Think About Pink”
According to an article in The Vindicator by Kristine Gill, Susan G. Komen for the Cure stands firm that there is not enough pink. Carrie Glasscock, manager of corporate relations, states:
“There’s not enough pink when every 69 seconds a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer around the world. Women are still . . . → Read More: Is Any Awareness Good Awareness?
The Ad for the pink and white awareness umbrella reads:
“A beautifully constructed umbrella is appreciated rain or shine! Recipients will know you care when you pick gifts that show you’re there! Umbrella comes in clear vinyl sleeve. Awareness Pink Ribbon Design.”
Awareness. We see and hear that word a lot, especially . . . → Read More: Awareness Umbrella
“Cancer charities which work with less glamorous cancers, bowel, lung, pancreatic for example, let alone charities working with distinctly unfashionable diseases…mental health charities and Alzheimers… envy the ease with which consumers spend on pink products, though some cancer charities may welcome the ‘trickle down’ effect.” –comment to The New York Times article . . . → Read More: Unfashionable Diseases and Less Glamorous Cancers