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Breast cancer month overshadowed by 'pinkwashing'
CTV ^ | Oct 9, 2010 | Angela Mulholland

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.

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1 posted on 10/09/2010 8:37:04 AM PDT by fightinJAG
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To: fightinJAG

There have been several threads on the growing backlash to the pink campaign. More evidence here. Comments to the article are interesting, too.

2 posted on 10/09/2010 8:39:03 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: fightinJAG

You just pushed a big button....I HATE THE PINK MAFIA!!!! I am so sick of PINK I want to puke.


3 posted on 10/09/2010 8:39:58 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: fightinJAG
Comment from the article:

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.

Nica

Breast cancer month overshadowed by 'pinkwashing'

4 posted on 10/09/2010 8:40:46 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: fightinJAG

All you need to know:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4XZzhJfHFE

“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...


5 posted on 10/09/2010 8:43:13 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: fightinJAG

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.”


6 posted on 10/09/2010 8:44:25 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: devane617
Yesterday I was leaving Wally World and there was a table manned by some people in pink soliciting donations. I heard one woman approached for a donation say afterwad to her companion, "What's the color for lung cancer?"

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.

7 posted on 10/09/2010 8:44:42 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Step away from the toilet. Let the housing market flush.)
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To: fightinJAG

I actually avoid “pink” products.


8 posted on 10/09/2010 8:46:34 AM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: devane617

Me too.

I think education & prevention are laudable goals. Believe me, we women know about breast cancer now.

Younger girls are terrorized by this stuff.


9 posted on 10/09/2010 8:47:09 AM PDT by jazminerose
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To: fightinJAG

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.


10 posted on 10/09/2010 8:47:25 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


11 posted on 10/09/2010 8:48:00 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: devane617

Seventy per cent of the U.S. is made up of aggrieved minorities in one way or another!


12 posted on 10/09/2010 8:49:07 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: devane617
... but if you dare say anything against the Pink mafia you will risk be labeled something on the same line as a “racist.”

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.

13 posted on 10/09/2010 8:50:18 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102
"...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.

14 posted on 10/09/2010 8:53:05 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: fightinJAG

Personally I refuse to buy any product that has been pinked.


15 posted on 10/09/2010 8:54:25 AM PDT by svcw (Just in case you ever wondered: As of May 2010, it costs ~ $0.0167 US Dollars to mint a penny.)
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To: devane617

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.


16 posted on 10/09/2010 8:55:49 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: devane617

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.


17 posted on 10/09/2010 8:57:13 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


18 posted on 10/09/2010 9:00:34 AM PDT by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Elvina

Take a look at how much Susan J. Komen Foundation spends on salaries and administration. Unbelievable.


19 posted on 10/09/2010 9:01:25 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


20 posted on 10/09/2010 9:02:22 AM PDT by BocoLoco
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To: bgill

Well no one ever claimed that liberals were good at math!


21 posted on 10/09/2010 9:05:10 AM PDT by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: BocoLoco

Correct...See my post #6...


22 posted on 10/09/2010 9:05:58 AM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: Elvina
Exactly. I refuse to walk in the Komen Walk every year and my colleagues don't understand. I walked in the very first Revlon Walk for the Cure in LA in the early 90’s. Then I found out which groups Komen was supporting. Scam city. And who doesn't think that EVERYONE already knows about the perils of Breast Cancer? This pink campaign is just to raise funds for Leftist causes. The irony is.......the Leftists who run the country haven't even acknowledged that Socialized Medicine has already decreed that women don't NEED mammograms until age 50. We are ‘overtreating’ women and scaring them needlessly with the early detection of problems. The dirty little secret with Socialized Medicine is that they want your money but can't be bothered to give you good medical care. You will just die......oh, happy world for Rep Grayson (D-FL)!
23 posted on 10/09/2010 9:07:34 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: fightinJAG

Never cared for pinkos. Still don’t.


24 posted on 10/09/2010 9:11:06 AM PDT by Clint Williams ( America -- a great idea, didn't last.)
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To: devane617

RE: “You just pushed a big button....I HATE THE PINK MAFIA!!!! I am so sick of PINK I want to puke.”

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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.’


25 posted on 10/09/2010 9:14:17 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: fightinJAG
I am glad to see I am not the only one who is sick of all this pink stuff.

It has even got Manly Men to become Girly Men.

YUK!


26 posted on 10/09/2010 9:24:47 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: fightinJAG

Here is a website of the different color awareness ribbons.

http://www.craftsnscraps.com/jewelry/ribbons.html


27 posted on 10/09/2010 9:27:51 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!! :)=^..^=)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


28 posted on 10/09/2010 9:30:43 AM PDT by Biggirl (GO UCONN FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!!! :)=^..^=)
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To: G Larry
"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."

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.

29 posted on 10/09/2010 9:32:44 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: RobRoy
I actually avoid “pink” products.

I never really cared either way about 'pink' products...unitl they screwed with my chocolate!

Now, I avoid it like the plague.

30 posted on 10/09/2010 9:33:21 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as created by the Law of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: G Larry

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/oral-contraceptives

Scroll down to Item #2, second paragraph.


31 posted on 10/09/2010 9:34:33 AM PDT by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


32 posted on 10/09/2010 9:37:41 AM PDT by RitaOK
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To: G Larry

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.


33 posted on 10/09/2010 9:40:46 AM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: Spunky

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!


34 posted on 10/09/2010 9:42:00 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: fightinJAG
The pink is annoying, I agree. And although there is no definitive research as to whether Frankincense oil can cure breast cancer, it does, however, kill bladder cancer cells. As my grandmother had breast cancer, and I just lost a long-time friend to the disease who fought for five long years, I use Frankincense almost every day for its antitumoral benefits diluted with a carrier oil. It's also extremely beneficial for the emotional response of anger. Link. I wish I had known about this when my kids were growing up, and my patience wasn't always tip-top.

And, oh, yeah, the Frankincense comes in a pink bottle, but it's a really dark pink.
35 posted on 10/09/2010 9:42:13 AM PDT by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: Huntress

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!


36 posted on 10/09/2010 9:51:40 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: Spunky
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.

Well, there you have it. Birth control pills do not cause breast cancer.

37 posted on 10/09/2010 9:53:49 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: bgill
You are absolutely right. What other thing are you ever encouraged to send in that you lick? Ok, I know you don't HAVE to lick them but that is what people naturally do and it is what they show on the commercials. By the way I notice this one place I work they are always collecting pop can rings for some cause, too.
38 posted on 10/09/2010 10:00:53 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: CaliforniaCon

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.


39 posted on 10/09/2010 10:04:35 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: G Larry

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.


40 posted on 10/09/2010 10:08:13 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: dawn53

Yep!
I had Squamous cell carcinoma 4 years ago, without any lifestyle or hereditary risks.

I’m just criticizing the studies.


41 posted on 10/09/2010 10:24:00 AM PDT by G Larry
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To: fightinJAG

Ever since the connections between Komen and Planned Barrenhood were revealed, I have refused to give to any of these campaigns.


42 posted on 10/09/2010 10:29:15 AM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
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To: BocoLoco

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.


43 posted on 10/09/2010 10:32:42 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: fightinJAG

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.


44 posted on 10/09/2010 10:52:01 AM PDT by altura
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To: Biggirl

RE: “Here is a website of the different color awareness ribbons.

http://www.craftsnscraps.com/jewelry/ribbons.html";

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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


45 posted on 10/09/2010 11:12:11 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: G Larry

RE: “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!”

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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’ .....


46 posted on 10/09/2010 11:24:25 AM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: fightinJAG

Get all the unfermented Soy out of the food supply.
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47 posted on 10/09/2010 11:30:37 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: CaliforniaCon

> “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.”

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Sounds like the plan is working.
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48 posted on 10/09/2010 11:32:50 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Obamacare is America's kristallnacht !!)
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To: fightinJAG

Even Napa is into it for Komen foundation


49 posted on 10/09/2010 12:30:47 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: fightinJAG

List of awareness ribbons (with illustrations)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awareness_ribbons


50 posted on 10/09/2010 12:48:55 PM PDT by Mila
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