Context is Everything — Framing the Film Pink Ribbons, Inc.

Today on Pink Ribbon Blues, Barbara Brenner shares a speech she gave at Smith College about the new film, Pink Ribbons, Inc. Barbara Brenner, former executive director of Breast Cancer Action, spent the last 15 years of her life as a breast cancer activist and now faces a different illness, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s . . . → Read More: Context is Everything — Framing the Film Pink Ribbons, Inc.

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’?

“The Emperor Has No Clothes”: Komen for the Cure Exposed

I’m pleased to have written a guest editorial for KomenWatch about the recent scandal involving the Komen organization.

KomenWatch (www.komenwatch.org) is a public service website aimed at “sharing information and generating critical discussion about the largest breast cancer fundraiser in the world, Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.” The KomenWatch website includes a large, searchable database of news sources and . . . → Read More: “The Emperor Has No Clothes”: Komen for the Cure Exposed

The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Journalist Christie Aschwanden has written one of the finest essays I’ve read about the “false narrative” (i.e., the fairytale notion that breast cancer is a uniformly progressive disease that starts small and only grows and spreads if you don’t stop it in time), and its use in selling wholesale screening, along with accompanying lifestyle and product placements, to the masses. . . . → Read More: The real scandal: science denialism at Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Beyond Hypocrisy: Komen for the Cure’s Assault on Women’s Health

It’s difficult to be anything less than infuriated with Susan G. Komen for the Cure right now for its tactical decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for screenings and breast health services.

An article from the Associated Press sums up the issue:

“The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its . . . → Read More: Beyond Hypocrisy: Komen for the Cure’s Assault on Women’s Health

The Language of Breast Cancer

These word magnets came in the mail from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, along with an appeal for donations. What I find striking, in addition to the words themselves, is the order. Do you see any interesting patterns?

 

27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer! Civil Disobedience at a Komen Race

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure tagline about “imagining a world without breast cancer” does not resonate with everyone. For those who will never finish treatment, and for whom the survival rate has barely budged in decades, the future is too close at hand. This is the scenario for the 150 to 250 thousand people living with breast cancer . . . → Read More: 27. March, Run, or Streak to a Different Drummer!

23. Tracking the Big "K": An Analysis of Komen's Financials

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest and most visible breast cancer nonprofit organization. Therefore, tracking its public relations campaigns, breast cancer programs, revenues and expenditures are important for understanding this one aspect of the breast cancer industry. While I’ve done my share of number crunching for statistical research, I rely on former public accountant turned metastatic breast . . . → Read More: 23. Tracking the Big “K”

8. Taking Action Against Pinkwashing: An Interview with Breast Cancer Action’s Karuna Jaggar

Breast Cancer Action (BCAction) in the San Francisco Bay area was one of the first breast cancer organizations to raise concerns formally about the cancer industry and profiteering in the name of breast cancer. In 2002 Breast Cancer Action started the Think Before You Pink® (TB4UP) campaign, which calls for transparency and accountability by companies that take part in breast . . . → Read More: 8. Taking Action Against Pinkwashing: An Interview with Breast Cancer Action’s Karuna Jaggar

4. Factoids, Impressions, and Impressions

The “Special Breast Cancer Awareness Issue” floods the populace in October. It might be in a small town in upstate New York, a metropolitan city in Florida, or a magazine dedicated to the Jersey Shore. It doesn’t really matter. The template is the same. Shape the culture, fuel the industry, and do it in the name of “awareness.” Rachel C. . . . → Read More: 4. Factoids, Impressions, and Impressions

"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

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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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