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Wednesday
Oct052011

Colored Ribbons: Fucking Cancer

Steve Jobs' death was just announced. In a month awash with pink for one of only many types of cancers, I can't help but be pissed.

Are we really working to cure cancer or are we creating industries that thrive on its very existence? How many pharmaceutical companies would be gone in the face of a cure? It's a disturbing thought, but one that crosses my mind as I see every pink ribbon, pink t-shirt, pink Kitchen-Aid mixer, pink magnet stuck to the back of another SUV spewing exhaust from a fossil-fuel powered vehicle, pink foil lid on a Yoplait yogurt laden with rBGH until 2009.

Where would we be without cancer?

Maybe I'm jaded. With three maternal generations of breast cancer in my family, a best friend dead at 34 of breast cancer, another friend dead in her thirties of cervical cancer, and a husband dead at forty of lymphoma, I've had my fill, and I'm fairly certain that I'm not done.

Stop sticking magnets on your car. Stop buying pink hats. We're all aware of cancer.

Start preventing cancer. Start finding the cause.

I'm tired of burying people I love.

 

Some organizations that don't pinkwash:

The Breast Cancer Fund

Think Before You Pink

Reader Comments (7)

exactly!

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlaura scarborough

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I absolutely agree. I hate the pinkwashing of October. HATE it.

October 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

all the pink ribbons in the world aren't going to cure cancer, but by buying these things we are 'suaded into thinking that a portion of that money goes into cancer research and therefor we have done our part. It's the easy way out for many. Isn't it good that if a person buys the pink product at least some money is being put into the research coffers?

I'm sick of cancer, too. Don't want my children or husband (or even me) to get it--have had enough of it in our lives already. I don't have the knowledge it takes to do the research. I can't afford a new car that doesn't emit toxins like the old ones do. So it helps me feel better if I buy the pink kitchen-aid thinking that a little of my money is going to help find a cure. Ok, so I didn't buy the pink kitchen-aid, either. But when something comes available that I can afford and a part of the profit goes to cancer research, I might just participate.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercharmaine

thank you. guessing you've read Barbara Ehrenreich on this as well.
spot. fucking. on.

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanet isserlis

you KNOW IT!!! I HATE CANCER- it is a thief of the worst kind and so are those that profit off of it. SHAME

October 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTree

Unfortunately we live in a world of idiots who are too fucking stupid to read a label, change their habits or further educate themselves. They have no idea what a strawberry tastes like because all of their life they have eaten "strawberry flavored" shit. (obviously this goes for any flavor) Some day we maybe the government will unleash "Seal Team 6" to start "dispensing" those that at least could be called "Corporate Murderers"

October 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjeff

I couldn't have said it better! Pinkcrap October is nothing more than marketing. Personally, I'm celebrating Socktober. That's right, crocheting and possibly knitting socks!

October 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlorie

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