She is the protagonist of the epic breast cancer survivor story.
She exists in many iterations; in magazines, advertisements, news stories, and awareness events.
She is a superwoman who courageously, passionately, and aggressively battles disease.
She faces tremendous difficulties.
With style and optimism, she learns from her experience, is transformed, and shares lessons learned.
She is the SHE-RO, the triumphant survivor who fights breast cancer and wins.
Those who do not embrace her have no place in pink ribbon culture.
Cancer Vixen: A She-ro . . . → Read More: The She-ro
Indeed. You can have have virtual breast cancer, wear pink t-shirts, attend pink ribbon fund raising events, and even go to a support group. I’m speechless. Luckily, Anna Rachnel who writes The Cancer Culture Chronicles is not. What follows is Rachnel’s post about second life, titled “Virtual Breast Cancer.”
Virtual Breast Cancer by Anna Rachnel (October 22, 2010)
Today I thought I would take you for a magical mystery ride into a real-life Bizarro World. So strap yourself in, sit back and . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Avatars on Second Life?
Sharon Blynn is beautiful. And, she’s bald. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 28, Blynn lost her hair to chemotherapy. What was initially an emotionally devastating experience turned into a mission to expand notions of beauty to include bald women. After completing her treatment she started Bald is Beautiful to “flip the script” and show that women could boldly, and baldly, go where few women have gone before. To this end, Blynn targeted the fashion industry, hoping to diversify the images used . . . → Read More: Featuring Sharon Blynn and JaneRA
An Excerpt from Pink Ribbon Blues–
In the early 1990s, it seemed as though society was ready to confront breast cancer. Breast cancer activism was starting to gain momentum in extending public outreach, increasing research funding, and gaining a seat at the public policy table. In August 1993, the New York Times Magazine published a story about the achievements of the breast cancer movement with the title, “You Can’t Look Away Anymore.” The caption referred both to the success of the movement in agitating . . . → Read More: Remembrance
PINK—a pale tint of red lightened with a bit of white. That’s pink in the color palette. But pink does more than occupy a unique position in the visual spectrum. This slightly reddish hue is imbued with meaning. In the last two decades the color pink, through its association with the pink ribbon, has come to represent the general cause of breast cancer. Yet, the color pink exists within a deeper semiotic system that is encoded with gender. Pink represents femininity: emotionality, beauty, morality, . . . → Read More: What’s In A Color?