I wrote the first part – below – in response to the pink blindness I see everywhere. It has been a pet peeve of mine for many moons. It (pink ribbons) has been exploited for profit and now that Kentucky Fried Chicken jumped on the bandwagon it is so laughable. The very worst food for Health promotes BC Awareness? Anyway I saw this blog that I think is a sensible, accurate approach for women’s awareness without the jive, and would like to see more people get good info. That is why I sent you the blog info with an example of their stance.
My stance may sound harsh to some, but really I am an advocate for those individuals who are blindly buying into the sentimentality of a device originally meant to promote solidarity; but in reality has been a tool for nefarious motives for increasing the sale of anything from Kentucky Fried Chicken to Room deodorizers. Colbert has a great UTube on the idiocy of promoting breast cancer awareness via ‘pink’ on a product blatantly harmful to human health, as well as the ongoing ploy of increasing consumer sales on anything by donating to health promoting causes. Mike Adams at Natural News.com posted an article that refers to a blog originating in San Francisco that is an excellent example of a means of disseminating information to women about Breast Cancer Awareness with integrity.
See www.BCaction.org to learn more (example below)
During “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” consumer marketing agencies dress products in pink. We recently launched the Think Before You Pink blog to provide an alternative to the dominant narrative about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and help provide information that can’t be found in the numerous aisles of pink products you’ll see this October. This blog is intended for you to write about anything from pink-ribbon campaigns that enrage you to ways in which you’ve taken action. We will also include articles about pinkwashing—and what you can do about it. Come on over and join the conversation.
by Alicia / Think Before You Pink / Originally published Sept 28, 2010
Here, we want to provide an alternative to the dominant narrative about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and help provide information that can’t be found in the numerous aisles of pink products you’ll see this October.
Earlier this month, a BCA member wrote to us on Facebook, saying that she was dreading this October- her first after being diagnosed with breast cancer. For many, especially those living with breast cancer, October is a time to prepare oneself for “being bombarded with pink crap”. Races for “the cure” abound and consumer marketing agencies take the opportunity to dress products in pink in order to raise “awareness” for breast cancer. Do we need pink M&Ms to remind us about an epidemic that threatens one out of every eight women throughout their lifetime? These cause marketing opportunities are great for corporations who want to improve their image—but for women affected by breast cancer, they fail to address the source of the epidemic and are therefore a source of intense frustration.
Pink products do not tell us about the disparities that impact different demographics with cancer. Access to services, treatment and information unjustly varies among populations. Pink products do not tell us that 50% or more of cancer causes can be attributed to environmental factors. Pink ribbon products fail to address these issues, and yet often benefit the companies who make a profit by contributing to the breast cancer epidemic. There are things you can do right now, other than shopping, to help end this epidemic.
This blog is intended for you to write about anything from pink-ribbon campaigns that enrage you to ways in which you’ve taken action. We will also include insightful articles about pinkwashing—and what you can do about it. We look forward to your participation!