A Satirical Comment: Has Komen 'Lost the Brand'?

Ronnie Hughes

Pink Ribbon Blues is pleased to share an essay by friend and filmmaker, Ronnie Hughes. Ronnie is the partner of Sarah Horton, author of ‘Being Sarah’ and a contributor to the Pink Ribbon Blues Blog. Together, in Britain, Ronnie and Sarah have run their social enterprise ‘a sense of place’ for nearly seventeen years. They’ve . . . → Read More: Has Komen ‘Lost the Brand’?

Unfashionable Diseases and Less Glamorous Cancers

“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 Pink Ribbon Fatigue

What is it . . . → Read More: Unfashionable Diseases and Less Glamorous Cancers

“Fatigue Indeed” – NY Times Well Blog

Barron Lerner MD published a review of Pink Ribbon Blues in The New York Times yesterday with the title “Pink Ribbon Fatigue.”

The title captured the reality that many of us warily and wearily march through Pinktober as we try to discern whether all of this pink is doing any good. Lerner rightly points out that breast cancer events do . . . → Read More: “Fatigue Indeed” – NY Times Well Blog

Sarah Horton, Alive and Anti-Pink

After her diagnosis in 2007, Sarah Horton was shocked, overwhelmed, and angry. Her life had taken a sudden turn as she was thrown into a world of medical decision-making, multiple surgeries, physical and emotional trauma, personal loss, fear of death, and the onslaught of pink ribbon culture and disease politics. Yes, she was grateful to be alive, and thankful . . . → Read More: Sarah Horton, Alive and Anti-Pink

Runaway Ribbons and De Facto Cause Support

Paula’s thinking pink, are you? Regardless, you may be supporting pink cause marketing by default.

Pink products are so ubiquitous – especially during breast cancer awareness month that you might have to go out of your way to avoid pink ribbons when you purchase your favorite products.

One of my readers told me a story about how she accidentally bought . . . → Read More: Runaway Ribbons and De Facto Cause Support

Go Pink, or Go Home!

Last year, NASCAR fans at at Lowe’s Motor Speedway cheered, “Go Pink or Go Home” as five pink cars raced around the track in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The president and CEO of Komen served as the honorary race director, and Candy Coburn performed the song “Pink Warrior” during the pre-race celebration, which was written for . . . → Read More: Go Pink, or Go Home!

“But Doctor…I Hate Pink!”

I didn’t say that! But Doctor…I Hate Pink is the the title of a breast cancer blog by Ann, a self-proclaimed breast cancer ass-kicker from Sacramento, CA. I like Ann’s blog because she’s a straight talker. Something we desperately need when it comes to breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2009 with stage II infiltrating ductal carcinoma, Ann walks readers through her . . . → Read More: “But Doctor…I Hate Pink!”

Library Journal Reviews “Pink Ribbon Blues”

Library Journal, in its 133rd year of publication, is the oldest and most comprehensive publication in the library field and serves 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries. I’m very pleased that the journal has featured Pink Ribbon Blues in its 2010 breast cancer awareness month round-up. With the title Tough Questions, Hard Choices, Bette-Lee . . . → Read More: Library Journal Reviews “Pink Ribbon Blues”

"women urged to get screened because it might save their lives. But that’s only 1 possible outcome, and it’s the least likely one" @cragcrest cutt.ly/jei8WJr

“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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