20. Industry Ties to Nonprofits

Telecom giant AT&T is currently proposing a $39 billion buyout of T-Mobile. The purchase, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ), would have negative implications for the telecommunications market, so much so that the DOJ filed a civil antitrust lawsuit on August 31st to block the proposed acquisition, stating that it would “substantially lessen competition…resulting in higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices and fewer innovative products.” AT&T vowed to “vigorously contest” the matter. In addition to hiring 99 lobbyists and spending $11.7 million (not including fees for 40 lawyers and . . . → Read More: 20. Industry Ties to Nonprofits

19. Birth of the Perpetual Fundraising Industry

On the first day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2010) GoComics published the comic strip Non Sequiter by Wiley Miller. It explains the “Birth of the Perpetual Fundraising Industry.” When approached by a dragonslayer, the dragon offers a rational explanation as to why sparing its life would be a win-win proposition. The dragon says:

“Look. You’re dead if you lose and out of a job if you win. So what I propose is a win-win that can be summed up in 3 words…Dragon-Slaying Research.”

. . . → Read More: 19. Birth of the Perpetual Fundraising Industry

When the Saints (And Celebs) Go Marching In…

Secular religion. This is the term that Hank Stuever, staff writer for the Washington Post, uses to describe cancer in the United States. His article – ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ telethon brings out the stars but feels contrived – centers on a celebrity fund-raising and awareness telethon that was broadcast live and uninterrupted on September 10th. Co-hosted by World News anchor Diane Sawyer and evening news anchors Katie Couric and Brian Williams, the SU2C telethon boasts a huge cast of celebrity actors, musicians, comedians, . . . → Read More: When the Saints (And Celebs) Go Marching In…

Thinking the Unthinkable

In “1 in 8”: The Probability of Developing Breast Cancer, and Fear, I wrote about the overuse of incidence and mortality statistics to promote an unhealthy anxiousness about breast cancer. The hyper-alertness surrounding this particular type of cancer stems from the seemingly inevitable likelihood that a woman, any woman, will eventually develop the disease. This is simply not true. Seven out of eight women will eventually die from something besides breast cancer, maybe even old age. But the threat of breast cancer, the statistics, . . . → Read More: Thinking the Unthinkable

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“Pink Ribbon Blues,” Book

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Recent Sulik Interviews

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

Canadian Mammogram Study KCRW, NPR Affiliate

Breast Cancer: Awareness, Activism & Pinkwashing NPR Charlotte

Buying Pink Al Jazeera's The Stream Watch »

The Pink Backlash Orlando Sentinel

Preventative Mastectomies: Disease and Deception Listen to BlogTalkRadio »

Angelina Jolie and the 'Breast Cancer Gene' Listen to 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