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Sick of Pink (Breast Cancer Awareness Marketing Machine)
Boston Globe ^ | October 4, 2009 | Kris Frieswick

Posted on 10/03/2009 2:33:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway

This month, like every October, a sea of pink ribbons washes over products from sneakers to snacks. While the effort raises research dollars, it leaves some breast cancer survivors feeling that companies are profiting from their pain.

When KimZielinski was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 33, well-meaning friends inundated her with products bearing a little pink ribbon. Each product’s maker promised a cut of the sales price to a breast cancer charity, and these friends felt they were supporting the cause and, by association, Zielinski. A petite brunette who’s now 35, she was enormously grateful for the millions of dollars that these pink-ribbon products direct each year to charities that fund breast cancer research and education.

But it wasn’t long before she got a little sick of the pink. “I felt kind of hateful,” says the insurance company sales manager who lives in Charlestown. “I was like, ‘What makes you think I like pink now?’

“I think that the pink ribbon, as a symbol, tends to pretty up what is a pretty crappy disease. But a pink ribbon is easier to look at than the disease itself.”

Many breast cancer survivors like Zielinski find themselves conflicted over this little powerful ribbon. Some survivors feel companies are exploiting breast cancer, marketing themselves as philanthropic outfits that care about women when what they mostly care about is the pink ribbon’s enormous ability to boost profits. Some just feel overwhelmed by the constant pink reminder, especially in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, of a disease that has forever altered their lives.

Since she was diagnosed 2½ years ago, Anna Schleelein, a 26-year-old attorney in Newton, spends Octobers in a self-imposed pop-culture blackout. She tries to avoid TV, magazines, and, especially, shopping, to steer clear of all those pink-ribbon products.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: breastcancer; marketing; pink; popculture
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1 posted on 10/03/2009 2:33:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Not to be sexist or anything, but prostate cancer strikes 80% as many men as breast cancer strikes women. Where is prostate cancer awareness month and the attendant multi-million dollar campaigns?


2 posted on 10/03/2009 2:37:11 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: nickcarraway
Thanks for posting this. For some time I thought I was the only one fatigued with the pink, pink, pink stuff. While I think it is fine that folks are raising money for what is a good cause, it has become a bit much.
3 posted on 10/03/2009 2:38:25 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: pabianice

prostrate just doesn’t have the marketing appeal of boobs......
;^)


4 posted on 10/03/2009 2:39:24 PM PDT by tioga (Drip, Drip, Drip.........the ACORNS are falling.)
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To: nickcarraway

Yep. Keep that meme on rolling, Kris. Evil business exploiting sick victims. Always sells . Especially at the NY Times-Boston Globe propaganda beacon.


5 posted on 10/03/2009 2:39:34 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: nickcarraway
Brett Favre will wear pink on Monday Night Football game.
6 posted on 10/03/2009 2:39:47 PM PDT by egannacht (Accept change for the audacity of hope: For the children, polar bears, and children of polar bears)
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To: pabianice

Wny? Becuase women contol the purse strings.


7 posted on 10/03/2009 2:39:50 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: pabianice

I’m not sure where you got “80%” from, but I seem to recall CDC numbers showing that both the incidence and mortality from prostate cancer are higher than the corresponding numbers for breast cancer.


8 posted on 10/03/2009 2:40:38 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: nickcarraway

I find it annoying, and won’t buy any product, or patronize any establishment, displaying the ribbon.


9 posted on 10/03/2009 2:40:52 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: nickcarraway

I sympathize, but I choose not to wear the ribbon.


10 posted on 10/03/2009 2:41:06 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: pabianice

Haven’t you heard? The NFL and maybe college sports, now have a red ballcap to bring attention to prostate cancer. I’m sure they must have an awareness month by now, too. Maybe it’s all rolled into the Jimmy V foundation and its basketball outreach. I’m sorry you’ve felt left out of victim recognition.


11 posted on 10/03/2009 2:42:16 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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To: nickcarraway

I have heard the Komen donates to Planned Parenthood. Can somebody confirm or deny, with support?


12 posted on 10/03/2009 2:42:25 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: pabianice

>>prostate cancer strikes 80% as many men as breast cancer strikes women. Where is prostate cancer awareness month and the attendant multi-million dollar campaigns?
<<

You Sexist and Racist scum!

Any statement that goes against the Mainstream Left is sexist and racist!


13 posted on 10/03/2009 2:42:41 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: nickcarraway

Can we have a donut and gloved hot dog campaign for prostate cancer awareness?


14 posted on 10/03/2009 2:44:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: nickcarraway

They are using a terrible disease to pad the bottom line. “We care, so buy from us”


15 posted on 10/03/2009 2:45:06 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Just say no to Soylent Green health care)
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To: pabianice

There’s a breast-cancer awareness foundation called “Feel Your Boobies”. “Get A Finger Up Your...” just doesn’t have the same...uh, ring...to it.


16 posted on 10/03/2009 2:46:21 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: nickcarraway
1. I thought I was the only one getting tired of it. It has gone past companies which seem to care enough to put a pink ribbon on their products to companies using it as a mere advertising gimmick.

2. Why pink? Not every breast is pink. My little friend here has a response to those who think pink ones are the only important ones:

:-)

17 posted on 10/03/2009 2:46:59 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Rio: Gold / Madrid: Silver / Tokyo: Bronze / Obama: Lead weight.)
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To: nickcarraway
Right! Just take capitalism out of finding a cure and give them a pain pill.
/s
18 posted on 10/03/2009 2:47:23 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: Hildy; pabianice

I think it’s because women make doctors appointments and take care of their health more. Which is fine, good for them. I don’t like how they try to claim evil forces are preventing any money from being spent on breast cancer research.


19 posted on 10/03/2009 2:48:10 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: rabidralph

No, it’s blue and it’s stupid.


20 posted on 10/03/2009 2:49:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: RichInOC
I've found a spokesperson for our "Bend over for prostate cancer awareness" campaign.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Its a good thing.
21 posted on 10/03/2009 2:49:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: nickcarraway

I believe that the uptick in Breast Cancer is due to the ladies who loaded up on BC pills and had abortions. I buy nothing with a pink ribbon eventhough I’ve had family members die of breast cancer including my favorite Aunt and a Dear 43 year old cousin who left 4 small children behind.

The ribbons are annoying. I actually love the baby pink but will by nothing with the ribbons on them.


22 posted on 10/03/2009 2:53:02 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: pabianice
Not to be sexist or anything...

Men can, and do, have breast cancer.

23 posted on 10/03/2009 2:55:49 PM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: cripplecreek

I notice the packaging is pink.


24 posted on 10/03/2009 2:56:16 PM PDT by Cheburashka (Stephen Decatur: you want barrels of gunpowder as tribute, you must expect cannonballs with it.)
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To: nickcarraway
I met a women while waiting to have radiation. We had a conversation and both shared our type of cancer. I had breast cancer; she had lung cancer. She said she envied me because 85% of those with breast cancer survive while 15% die and the survival rate for lung cancer is 15% survive and 85% die. I am coming up on the 5 year anniversary of my diagnosis. Every time I see a pink ribbon; I think of her and wonder if she is still living.
25 posted on 10/03/2009 2:56:31 PM PDT by libbytarian
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To: goodwithagun
I have heard the Komen donates to Planned Parenthood. Can somebody confirm or deny, with support?

It is true. Here is the link:

http://www.rnclife.org/blog/2007/10/susan-g-komen-awards-72-grants-to.html

26 posted on 10/03/2009 2:56:57 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: libbytarian

Good luck to you and stay healthy.


27 posted on 10/03/2009 2:57:57 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

They disgust me.. they donate money (that’s supposed to be for breast cancer research) to planned parenthood who kills millions of babies.


28 posted on 10/03/2009 3:04:21 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: nickcarraway

Last night we went to eat at a restaurant that was covered with the pink. Pink feathers around the lights, pink signs on the table, windows covered with pink lettering asking for donations. I told my spouse that someone other than the breast cancer women was bound to be profiting.


29 posted on 10/03/2009 3:06:11 PM PDT by Hattie
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You aren’t the only one. I’m getting sick of it myself. Heck, Ford has a breast cancer awarness Mustang that has cute little pink trim on it. A portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research, of course.

http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z15163/Ford-Mustang-WIP.aspx#


30 posted on 10/03/2009 3:06:23 PM PDT by sistabrista
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To: nickcarraway

This Koman thing is a big front for Planned Parenthood donations. I stopped giving to this maddness a couple years ago. I refuse to donate money directly or indirectly to the baby killers. How they got their bloody, filthy hands on this otherwise respectable fund raiser is beyond me.


31 posted on 10/03/2009 3:07:26 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: nickcarraway

Save the ta-ta’s


32 posted on 10/03/2009 3:09:51 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: pabianice

That’s something to look forward to. Let’s talk about men’s private parts even more than we already do now.

Adults used to put this much effort into their children’s wellbeing.


33 posted on 10/03/2009 3:10:39 PM PDT by donna (I never really had roots in any one place or culture or ethnic group. - Obama Olympics speech)
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To: Hildy
Well, I'm a woman and I'm not impressed. I recall when they came out with the breast cancer stamp. I refused to buy one. I'm sick of the pandering.

We'd all be far better off if corporations would forget all this philanthropy and let us make our own tax deductible donations to whomever we choose.

Besides, I'm getting extremely cynical. How many years have we been fighting this war on cancer with very little to show for it.

34 posted on 10/03/2009 3:10:51 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma (Al Franken--the face of the third-party voters)
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To: pabianice

I geuss Prostrate Awareness Month is pretty much whenever there is a baseball or football game on. Its impossible nowadays to watch a game on tv and just be bombarded with these Viagara and prostrate cancer type ads. Its kinda ridiculous.


35 posted on 10/03/2009 3:11:22 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: cripplecreek
The sight that makes men cringe:


36 posted on 10/03/2009 3:11:27 PM PDT by 50mm (AARP is a steaming pile)
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To: pabianice
Where is prostate cancer awareness month and the attendant multi-million dollar campaigns?

Nope. No one wants to see that. And what would the designated color be?

37 posted on 10/03/2009 3:14:50 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: tioga

38 posted on 10/03/2009 3:19:13 PM PDT by OpeEdMunkey (Eat right...exercise...die anyway.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m a four year survivor and I’ve been sick of it for a few years. It was all fine and well the year I was going through chemo, LOL! But really, I don’t remember it being so pervasive before then.

i tell my friends and family, if you want to feel good about breast cancer, don’t but a pink stand mixer. Send the money to city of Hope, or the American Cancer Society.

But under no circumstances support Susan G Komen, even if it’s as simple as a chocolate bar.


39 posted on 10/03/2009 3:24:32 PM PDT by T Minus Four
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To: OpeEdMunkey

40 posted on 10/03/2009 3:29:52 PM PDT by Iron Munro (You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat - Claire Wolfe)
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To: rabidralph

MLB has a week every year where every home run nets mega bucks for prostate research.


41 posted on 10/03/2009 3:35:33 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: Trillian
They disgust me.. they donate money (that’s supposed to be for breast cancer research) to planned parenthood who kills millions of babies.

To me, that is adequate proof that Komen is more of a feminist "sisterhood" than anything else. If they have a excess funds (how does that happen with a non-profit, anyway?), let 'em donate to other areas of cancer research where funding is needed. At least that'd make sense.

I guess helping the fight against testicular cancer *is* a bit much to ask..

42 posted on 10/03/2009 3:36:28 PM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: NonValueAdded

43 posted on 10/03/2009 3:40:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (You can't kill the beast while sucking at its teat - Claire Wolfe)
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To: laweeks

I remember Laura Bush on the occasion of her trip to the middle east re breast cancer praising komen.....I must trust that she was unaware of their diversion of funds to planned parenthood abortion mills......


44 posted on 10/03/2009 3:56:44 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: nickcarraway
My wife has had breast cancer, and she has never been into the whole "pink ribbon" thing, either. For one thing, she feels the Pink people are hand-in-glove with the same medical people that recommend that women get on hormone replacement therapy, which helps lead to breast cancer.

Once we were checking out at the grocery store one October, and the cashier asked if she wanted to contribute to the fight against breast cancer. My wife said "no, I've already contributed a breast".

45 posted on 10/03/2009 4:01:34 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: nickcarraway

So few women die of breast cancer these days—far more than men do of prostate cancer. Both have high survival rates. How come we don’t see women wearing a color (blue?) to “support” prostate cancer?


46 posted on 10/03/2009 4:34:29 PM PDT by montag813 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -George Orwell)
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To: rabidralph
now have a red ballcap to bring attention to prostate cancer

What is the point of "awareness"? Everyone is aware of these diseases, and the pittance of cash raised by Komen and other charities as like a grain of sand in the multi-billion dollar cancer research budgets of Big Pharma. These people are accomplishing nothing except making themselves feel important. It is just silly egotism.

47 posted on 10/03/2009 4:38:15 PM PDT by montag813 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. -George Orwell)
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To: nickcarraway

I hate to admit, I have always been envious of the attention that breast cancer receives; well any cancer, for that matter. As a person with a much less well-known disease, myasthenia gravis, I would love to have some research dollars go towards finding a cure. Granted, my disease is not fatal, usually, but it would be nice to get some research interest. I guess I’m selfish...


48 posted on 10/03/2009 4:41:38 PM PDT by jen0517
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To: netmilsmom

I am with you - I believe there is some behavioral nexus, and we really ought to admit to it and deal with that.


49 posted on 10/03/2009 4:41:39 PM PDT by esquirette (If we do not know our own worldview, we will accept theirs.)
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To: montag813

I agree. I especially think it’s stupid that these companies that get involved in these causes (buy our product and we’ll donate $$ to this cause)—it’s just stupid. Just donate the money, already.


50 posted on 10/03/2009 4:44:15 PM PDT by rabidralph (http://www.thealaskafundtrust.com/ http://www.sarahpac.com)
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