Skip to comments.Breast cancer month overshadowed by 'pinkwashing'
Posted on 10/09/2010 8:37:00 AM PDT by fightinJAG
Every October, stores become a sea of pink as shelves fill with products adorned with pink ribbons or repackaged in pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's all seen as a feel-good win-win: Consumers get the products they want while helping out a great cause. What could be wrong?
Lots, say groups and breast cancer patients who are sick of companies trying to push shoppers into thinking that pink candies, pink toasters and pink spatulas will make a dent in curing cancer.
It's bad enough, they say, that corporations are profiting off the pink ribbon and the disease that left them feeling anything but pink. It's worse when those companies "pinkwash": hitching a ride on the pink ribbon bandwagon to sell products actually linked to cancer.
(Excerpt) Read more at ctv.ca ...
There have been several threads on the growing backlash to the pink campaign. More evidence here. Comments to the article are interesting, too.
You just pushed a big button....I HATE THE PINK MAFIA!!!! I am so sick of PINK I want to puke.
Thank you. While not a breast-cancer victim myself, at least yet, I've been unhappy that the pink glow emanating from the media actually dulls our awareness of the issue.
Breast cancer month overshadowed by 'pinkwashing'
All you need to know:
“The Beautiful Truth”.
I donate nothing to cancer research or cancer organizations. I do not consider them my friend. Sure, the rank and file are “useful idiots”, so I don’t blame them. They mean well, as do many liberals...
I have Prostate Cancer and have seen the money from donations dry up in large part because of the PINK Mafia! The standard company answer is: We already gave to the Pink Mafia, so we can’t help you. BC is down the list of killer-cancers, but if you dare say anything against the Pink mafia you will risk be labeled something on the same line as a “racist.”
She said it in a joking way, but as I've been saying on previous threads ANY campaign for consumer awareness, or just plain celebrity-style overexposure, can become obnoxious.
The wise proponent keeps a sharp eye out for signs that that is happening and takes steps to keep the focus on the actual cause -- often by SCALING BACK the overexposure.
I actually avoid “pink” products.
I think education & prevention are laudable goals. Believe me, we women know about breast cancer now.
Younger girls are terrorized by this stuff.
I agree with you and would venture a guess that now would be a great time to scale back the pink operations. I have seen several articles lately, and even Rush commented on it yesterday as it relates to the NFL game the other night.
I will start taking the interest in breast cancer seriously when somebody does a study with women who have NEVER taken birth control pills as the control group.
Seventy per cent of the U.S. is made up of aggrieved minorities in one way or another!
Funny thing is when we all stopped caring about the false charges of racism, we tend to stop caring about being called evil woman killers by the pinkos.
I for one feel so refreshed having shed the fear of being labeled a racist. If we, as a group, get past that fear you will see a change for the better in or lives and nation.
Personally I refuse to buy any product that has been pinked.
I’m happy that I’m not the only one who hates the pink campaign. If all the money spent on pink decorations for various store chains were spent on breast cancer research, it would be much better spent, IMHO.
Susan J. Komen Foundation is big buddies with Planned Parenthood Baby Killers. I do not support the pink crusade in any way and would have no trouble explaining why, if I ever found a liberal fascist who cared enough to listen.
Every year some yogurt company says they’ll donate 10 cents for every yogurt top customers send in. Excuse me, but that is the dumbest idea I’ve heard all week. If they wanted to donate, then donate freely without making the customer send in their garbage. And garbage it is - nasty rotted yogurt encrusted tops that customers have licked on. Besides, how much extra expense is being used to truck garbage across the country? The customer has to put on a 44 cent stamp and lets say another 5 cents for the envelope (or however much envelopes cost), then there’s the return label and whatever time is involved and I’m not even going to talk about how un-green the process of mailing is. Bottom line, at the very least, that’s 50 cents on the customer’s part (plus the cost of buying the “pat yourself on the back for doing a good deed” yogurt) to the company’s 10 cent donation. Ok, so stuff the envelope with several tops but then how many until you have to add another 44 cent stamp? It’s just plain ridiculous!
Ok, I made the effort to search out the name and wouldn’t you know it, it’s Yoplait. Yep, that French company that I’m still boycotting so this is just one more reason to continue to boycott them.
Take a look at how much Susan J. Komen Foundation spends on salaries and administration. Unbelievable.
Thank you for commenting on this. There’s so much “awareness” of breast cancer that all the other cancers are losing funding.
The fastest growing cancer in the U.S. is Thyroid. It gets very little funding. Some other cancers on the steady rise, such as Melanoma and Kidney, get practically zero funding for research and treatment options.
It’s very noble that people have gone “Pink”. Now it’s time to start focusing on cancers in general and raise overall awareness on the nation’s leading killer.
Well no one ever claimed that liberals were good at math!
Correct...See my post #6...
Never cared for pinkos. Still don’t.
RE: “You just pushed a big button....I HATE THE PINK MAFIA!!!! I am so sick of PINK I want to puke.”
Amen to that! This pink onslaught every year may as well be Code Pink. Over the top and definitely offensive now — the little ribbon was OK, as are all the little ribbons for every cause — much more subtle.
Diabetes month is also October, or is it November? Can’t remember — everything else is pushed aside by the PINK. And I like the color pink, in general.
I refuse to buy anything at all that is packaged in breast cancer pink — last year I had to avoid the Cheerios boxes! And FWIW, I’m female and have had my own ‘issues’ with this health problem. So I’m not some angry guy who doesn’t like seeing his favorite sports teams done up in ‘pink.’
It has even got Manly Men to become Girly Men.
Here is a website of the different color awareness ribbons.
While I am for fighting breast cancer, I am for fighting all forms of cancer as well. This pink stuff sure looks like it is getting out of hand here.
I had an Aunt at the age of 35 who died of Breast Cancer. This was long before Birth Control. She was never married and never had children.
I never really cared either way about 'pink' products...unitl they screwed with my chocolate!
Now, I avoid it like the plague.
Scroll down to Item #2, second paragraph.
Oh yeah, this is the most lucrative marketing racket I think I’ve seen, EVER! I am speaking out at the cash register, when the ULTA girls are required to ask “do you want to give a dollar to fight cancer?” I would rather give two dollars to shutting Komen down and saving aborted babies, a bloody procedure which Komen approves and supports with your “cancer” money. Blech.
I’d like to see it exclude women who have had fertility treatments, HRT, or undergone voluntary abortions also. Messing with hormones seems to be a big risk factor. A good friend of mine just finished battling back an aggressive breast cancer for the second time, which her doctor attributes to fertility treatments a quarter century ago.
I didn’t say breast cancer didn’t exist before BCP’s!
Look at the rate of increase 20 years after the introduction of BCP’s!!!
The slope starting in 1980 is remarkable!
THAT is NOT a “control group”!
A control group would be following a group of 200 women who had never taken BCPs and counting the incidence of breast cancer in the group.
This was a count of women who had breast cancer and then asking their history.
This has the effect of beginning with a polluted sample, not a control group!
Well, there you have it. Birth control pills do not cause breast cancer.
I’m with you. I refuse to buy anything pink, too. Anything. I will do without if I have to. And this may sound nuts, but frankly I don’t like the word cancer written on my food.
I have three close friends who have all had breast cancer in the last couple of years (diagnosed in their late 40’s early 50’s.) None had ever taken hormones or birth control pills. In fact none of the so called “risk” factors were evident in any of the women. No genetic predisposition, all had had children (one had a very large family) and they had started their families at a young age, etc. Just shows to go you that control is an illusion. You can do all the so called “right” things, eliminate the known risk factors and still get a disease.
I had Squamous cell carcinoma 4 years ago, without any lifestyle or hereditary risks.
I’m just criticizing the studies.
Ever since the connections between Komen and Planned Barrenhood were revealed, I have refused to give to any of these campaigns.
This reminds me of the AIDS red ribbon campaign of the early 90s. It was like AIDS was the only fatal disease ever born. When people stopped paying attention to AIDS, then the campaign was changed to pediatric AIDS.
My godmother died of breast cancer in the late 70s. I don’t think she even reached 60 years of age. My cousin died a few years ago of bc and she was in her 40s. I realize how serious it is, but I fear all cancers, not just breast cancer.
I couldn’t figure out what that pink crap on the NFL players was. At first I thought it was blood. It should have been blood, better than forcing them to wear pink.
What a farce.
RE: “Here is a website of the different color awareness ribbons.
Hilarious — but annoying that breast cancer(s) get the pink shades pretty much to themselves. There are not enough colors to go around.
How about adding:
Purple: SEIU derangement syndrome
Blue: Blue State insanity disease
RE: “I didnt say breast cancer didnt exist before BCPs!
Look at the rate of increase 20 years after the introduction of BCPs!!!
The slope starting in 1980 is remarkable!”
Had an exam recently myself — questionnaire asked the usual questions about BC family history and such. But I noted they asked about HRT use, and age at first menses as well as number of children, if any, and patient’s age at time of their birth.
Who knows the reasons this appears so epidemic but so much of it is obviously hormonally related. No doubt some is environmental, too.
People hate to hear my anecdotal story about my female relatives but here it is again: My grandmother and four daughters (my mother was one of them) all died of heart disease at 80+. Heart disease kills 5-6 times more women than does breast cancer, by the way.
None, except the youngest daughter, ever had a mammogram. The youngest one, over eighty now and in an Alzheimer’s facility for many years, DID have regular mammograms over time and developed breast cancer at about age 65. Go figure, eh?
I have just read that mammography now as opposed to about 20 years ago has changed dramatically, eliminating by about 5 times the amount of radiation delivered during the exam.
We are all cautioned not to get too many other types of scans due to radiation, but mammography is strongly recommended every single year for all women over 40. Hmmm. That’s a LOT of mammography. Just sayin’ .....
Get all the unfermented Soy out of the food supply.
> “The youngest one, over eighty now and in an Alzheimers facility for many years, DID have regular mammograms over time and developed breast cancer at about age 65.”
Sounds like the plan is working.
Even Napa is into it for Komen foundation
List of awareness ribbons (with illustrations)
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