“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 about breast cancer that is so glamorous? It’s pink. As I write in What’s in a Color? “the cause of breast cancer has been . . . → Read More: Unfashionable Diseases and Less Glamorous Cancers
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 to those who helped to make that so. But Sarah was not smiling her way through illness, and her anger never dissipated.
Sarah was . . . → Read More: Sarah Horton, Alive and Anti-Pink
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 woman, Maria, told me that she does not believe in cause marketing. Instead, she chooses to support the cause in more direct ways, (i.e., being a member of a grass roots advocacy organization and reading . . . → Read More: Runaway Ribbons and De Facto Cause Support
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 diagnosis (which started by finding her own lump and diagnosing her cancer on google), her treatment, the one year anniversary of her diagnosis, and . . . → Read More: “But Doctor…I Hate Pink!”
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 Fox writes this about Pink Ribbon Blues:
“Sulik…considers the pink ribbon more of a noose around women’s necks than its ubiquitous . . . → Read More: Library Journal Reviews “Pink Ribbon Blues”