Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’

“Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever.’” By Sandra Steingraber, Ecowatch.

Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer organization in America with more than 100,000 volunteers and partnerships in more than 50 countries, has teamed up with Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oilfield service companies with . . . → Read More: Pinkwashing: Fracking Company Teams Up With Susan G. Komen to ‘End Breast Cancer Forever’

Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet

“Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet.” By Stuart Elliott, The New York Times.

Editorial comment: Stuart Elliott’s article describes the perceived success of Internet fundraising as demonstrated by the recent social media blockbuster, the so-called Ice Bucket Challenge. However, it also reflects a corporation’s plucky desire to deflect well-founded critique and instead . . . → Read More: Estée Lauder to Weave Pink Ribbons Through the Internet

The PINK White Elephant

According to Wikipedia, “the term “white elephant” refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift which cannot be easily disposed of, supposedly after the King of Siam gifted rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, that they might be ruined by the animals’ upkeep costs.” The term is also fitting for a recent campaign . . . → Read More: The PINK White Elephant

Oct. 11: Buying Pink? Gayle Sulik will be on Al Jazeera’s The Stream Friday 7:30EST to discuss.

Gayle Sulik will be talking live about #pinkwashing on @AJAMStream Friday at 7:30EST. Join the conversation using #AJAMStream

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so you’ve probably noticed more pink products on the shelves as companies promote awareness campaigns. But many businesses are accused of “pinkwashing” – plastering pink on their products to make a . . . → Read More: Oct. 11: Buying Pink? Gayle Sulik will be on Al Jazeera’s The Stream Friday 7:30EST to discuss.

Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

“Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61.” By Denise Grady, The New York Times.

Barbara Brenner, who led the group Breast Cancer Action and shaped it in her own combative image, pillorying the medical establishment, industrial polluters and even other cancer research advocates, died on May 10 at her home in San Francisco. She . . . → Read More: Barbara Brenner, Breast Cancer Iconoclast, Dies at 61

Forget Pink–Remember Rose

“Forget Pink-Remember Rose.” By Peggy Orenstein, Blog.

There were a couple of things that got cut from my New York Times Magazine piece on breast cancer that I wish I could’ve squeezed in. One is kind of wonky, which is why it was dropped, but super important. It’s about data collection, based on a discussion . . . → Read More: Forget Pink–Remember Rose

Bringing on the pink

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Komen Race for the Cure participants pitched pink tents and wacky signs in the Pennsylvania Convention Center this month. APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer

Every October, as surely as the leaves turn, Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s pink-ribbon celebration marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But when a . . . → Read More: Bringing on the pink

A teaching moment about politics and Komen

“A teaching moment about politics and Komen.” By Samantha King, CNN

When the Komen foundation bowed to pressure from anti-abortion activists to stop most of its funding of Planned Parenthood, the furor was swift and forceful. Komen’s decision was frequently described in the media and in the online outcry as a “betrayal” — of its . . . → Read More: A teaching moment about politics and Komen