Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

“Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer.” By Peggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine.

I used to believe that a mammogram saved my life. I even wrote that in the pages of this magazine. It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a . . . → Read More: Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer

The Unintended Consequences of Pink: Reorienting the Cause, April 7 and April 15, 2013.

This phenomenal event at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN — THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF PINK: REORIENTING THE CAUSE — includes a screening of the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. (April 7), and a panel discussion with distinguished experts (April 15) on how breast cancer culture impacts both individuals and society. Organized by the Cancer, Culture, . . . → Read More: The Unintended Consequences of Pink: Reorienting the Cause, April 7 and April 15, 2013

Research Brief --

Professors Lori Baralt of California State University, Long Beach and Tracy A. Weitz of University of California, San Francisco published a commentary in Women’s Health Issues (PDF) [2012; 22-6:e509-e512] about the Komen-Planned Parenthood Controversy and the long history of politicization that preceded the incident. They argue that the scandal was largely presented in mass media . . . → Read More: Research Brief — “The Komen–Planned Parenthood Controversy: Bringing the Politics of Breast Cancer Advocacy to the Forefront”

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