Backlash Against “Pinkwashing” of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

Meg Carter interviewed me for this October 12, 2015 article in the BMJ on how big business is keen to jump on the breast cancer awareness bandwagon, and whether its messages around screening do more harm than good. Here is an excerpt.

Each October, breast cancer awareness month provides an annual focus for pink ribbon themed campaigns—many . . . → Read More: Backlash Against Pinkwashing of Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns

Visualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

Originally published at Feminist Reflections on The Society Pages.

Graphic arts engage readers in a way text cannot. Told with sequences of pictures, along with narration and dialogue (often in the form of speech bubbles), graphic arts have become increasingly popular media for education and communication as well as social commentary. From disaster preparedness to questioning high-tech medical advancements, comics . . . → Read More: Visualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

Shaping Women's Lives - Our Bodies, Ourselves

How one book shaped women’s health for forty years, and counting.

Our Bodies, Ourselves — published by Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (1971) — has long been hailed as the “women’s health bible.” Envisioning women as informed and self-determined, capable of making empowered decisions, the book placed women’s health in a new socio-political context and helped to launch a national . . . → Read More: Shaping Women’s Lives – Our Bodies, Ourselves

Why I voted for a Frack Free Denton

On November 4th, I joined Texas “Dentonites” to enact an ordinance prohibiting hydraulic fracturing within our city limits. I voted for a Frack Free Denton. After the votes came in, Denton became the first city in The Lone Star state to put a legal limit on what it will permit the gas and oil industry to do within its borders. . . . → Read More: Why I voted for a Frack Free Denton

Rethinking Pink: How This Work Started, And Why It Continues

Published on Psychology Today Sept. 29, 2014

Photo by the author

It all started with Cathy. Then after Rachel came into my life I knew the critical stance I had taken on the culture and industry surrounding breast cancer would keep going until meaningful change became a reality.

As with many people involved in social movements, my . . . → Read More: Rethinking Pink: How This Work Started, And Why It Continues

The Adventures of "Pink Lady"

As I was reading a status update about an article on breast cancer advocacy in USA Today, the usual pink advertising lining my Facebook sidebar caught my attention. The advertising algorithms, clearly unrelated to purchasing patterns, have determined that this Facebook user (a.k.a. Pink Ribbon Blues) has an interest in pink ribbon paraphernalia. With thumbnail images to attract attention, they . . . → Read More: The Adventures of “Pink Lady”

"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

“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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