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Old 10-06-2019, 01:07 PM
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Is the pink for October era over?


Back in June, many major companies added a rainbow flag to their logo on social media as well as flying the Pride flag. Now, it is October which usually overwhelms you with endless pink. And yet, until today, I haven’t seen any of it. The Washington Redskins have their app with a pink background and there are a few pink ribbons on the field as well as the end zones in pink.

I’ve spent all weekend in the state capital of Illinois, Springfield, and haven’t seen any pink at all and I’ve walked by numerous government buildings including the state capital building.

I also haven’t seen any pink in the Chicago Loop.

I haven’t seen a single company logo include the pink ribbon on Facebook and Twitter either.

Was there enough backlash against the non stop Pink for October and breast cancer awareness’ that the trend has finally ended?
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:16 PM
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I didn't know that it was pink awareness month but just last morning I did see a Komen display at the 7-11. Interestingly what they were selling was not pink nor did I see the words "for the cure" from a cursory glance at the display.
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:43 PM
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Why would there be a backlash against breast cancer awareness and research? And what would that have to do with rainbow pride flags?
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:44 PM
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There's plenty around, but I rejoice in the decrease, as well as the dwindling of smarmy infuriating "save the tatas!" "stuff the bra!" glurge. Everyone should stop buying pink water bottles with cute slogans (the producers of which typically donate 10%-0% to anything related to breast cancer care or research) and donate the damn money to metastatic cancer research.

ETA: Not backlash, which is too bad. Maybe they're not making enough money to continue exploiting people with breast cancer and their supporters. Most of the pink shit has no relationship to funding breast cancer efforts.

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Old 10-06-2019, 01:54 PM
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This week, the set was all awash in pink on Good Morning America. They were certainly doing their part to spread awareness about breast cancer.
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Old 10-06-2019, 02:07 PM
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I've corresponded with some of the women who were there as survivors. Their feelings about how it went were decidedly mixed.

Here are some resources on pinkwashing:

https://breastcancerconsortium.net/r...s/pinkwashing/

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/1...roducts-profit

https://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/resou...efore-you-buy/

http://www.metavivor.org/blog/the-harm-of-pinkwashing/

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/h...ness-pink.html
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:43 PM
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My impression is that Komen was the driving force behind this movement, and the organization lost a lot of credibility and support in the Planned Parenthood debacle in 2012 and still has not recovered from it.

Although I flew on Delta yesterday and one of the flight attendants was wearing an all pink outfit.
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Old 10-06-2019, 03:51 PM
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....Although I flew on Delta yesterday and one of the flight attendants was wearing an all pink outfit.
Wow! Even his shoes were pink?
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Old 10-06-2019, 04:31 PM
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The idea for a pink ribbon, which soon led to extending pink to anything and everything, began 25 years ago with a 68-year-old California woman, Charlotte Haley, whose sister, daughter and granddaughter had had breast cancer. Ribbons had by this time become a popular symbol of other causes — the AIDS red ribbon, for instance, and the yellow ones to remember hostages. Mrs. Haley decided to make her own peach-colored ribbon to draw attention to what she felt was paltry funding for breast cancer research.

Companies like Estee Lauder and Avon and organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation quickly realized that ribbons for breast cancer could be a powerful symbol. They substituted pink ribbons for Mrs. Haley’s peach ones.
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/h...ness-pink.html
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:41 PM
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Oh yeahhhh. Huh, you're right, there hasn't been the usual onslaught of goddamn pink everywhere. Always ground my gears so I rejoice at its diminishment.

Also, fuck Komen.
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Old 10-06-2019, 05:52 PM
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The whole thing was about awareness of breast cancer, and everybody's aware. Familiarity breeds contempt.
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:47 AM
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I noticed two or three women with shirts like "Pink for October" or "Think Pink" that made me say "Oh, hey, is that this month?" but no onslaught. Oh, and constant Facebook ads for a local demolition derby and "Racin' For Boobs!!!!!"

I'm on the "Fuck Komen" wagon though so the less of it I see, the better.
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Old 10-07-2019, 12:30 PM
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Why would there be a backlash against breast cancer awareness and research? And what would that have to do with rainbow pride flags?
From about 2004-2014, you couldn’t avoid the endless pink. Watch an NFL game and it looked like every player had puked a Peptol Bismol all over his uniform. Oh, by the way, they sold pink jerseys in the team store. It became impossible to avoid seeing a pink ribbon slapped onto everything, I swear there was a pink ribbon on packages of toilet paper. ‘Let’s defecate for the cure!’ And, as social media became more prominent, every company would add a pink ribbon to their logo on social media. Here’s an example from this year

https://mobile.twitter.com/redskins/...52899495530496


Anyway, it became a huge marketing thing with almost no money actually going to breast cancer. And, quite frankly, it really wasn’t an issue which needed more ‘awareness’
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From about 2004-2014, you couldn’t avoid the endless pink. Watch an NFL game and it looked like every player had puked a Peptol Bismol all over his uniform. Oh, by the way, they sold pink jerseys in the team store. It became impossible to avoid seeing a pink ribbon slapped onto everything, I swear there was a pink ribbon on packages of toilet paper. ‘Let’s defecate for the cure!’ And, as social media became more prominent, every company would add a pink ribbon to their logo on social media. Here’s an example from this year

https://mobile.twitter.com/redskins/...52899495530496


Anyway, it became a huge marketing thing with almost no money actually going to breast cancer. And, quite frankly, it really wasn’t an issue which needed more ‘awareness’
Big thing there is 2 years ago the NFL switched to "Crucial Catch" for October, covering all cancers (I believe each team gets to choose what they want to raise awareness for).
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Old 10-07-2019, 02:06 PM
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As a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed in October 2017, I say hurrah for the less pink crap. The Komen Foundation is not what many people think it is, and if you want to help people with breast cancer, donate to your local hospital, Gilda's Club, or free clinic if you have one.

Barbara Ehrenreich has said that for her, the "Breast Cancer Bear" was pretty much the most demeaning thing she'd ever witnessed, and that was about 20 years ago.

http://barbaraehrenreich.com/cancerland/
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Old 10-09-2019, 10:58 AM
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I fail to see the catalyst for angst. If these types of campaigns drive you to anger, maybe the problem is with you.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:07 AM
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I remember when nobody could talk about "breast cancer" because both "breat" and "cancer" would considered naughty words. Betty Ford SHOCKED the nation by talking openly about her breast cancer in 1974.

Someone donated a lot of books to our local library, and put them in a pink ribbon plastic tote, which I am currently using.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:08 AM
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Was there enough backlash against the non stop Pink for October and breast cancer awareness’ that the trend has finally ended?
Not at all, it's just moving into other areas. Like video games.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:27 AM
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I fail to see the catalyst for angst. If these types of campaigns drive you to anger, maybe the problem is with you.
Or it's with your admitted failure to see and the problem is with you? Maybe read a couple of those "pink washing" links above.
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Old 10-09-2019, 12:11 PM
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I fail to see the catalyst for angst. If these types of campaigns drive you to anger, maybe the problem is with you.
Less "anger" more "recognizing the commercialism for what it is".

I'm not mad, just disappointed.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:15 PM
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I thought of another example. Remember the red ribbons for AIDS awareness that were so common in the 1990s? You just don’t see them too often any longer. While there is still some stigma attached to HIV and AIDS, there is a lot more awareness these days. And I don’t remember seeing red ribbon coffee cups being sold.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:10 PM
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This is akin to being pissed off about band-wagon fans of your favorite team. And yes, I know people that are like that.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:41 PM
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I was into breast cancer before it was cool?
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Old 10-10-2019, 01:15 AM
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Maybe it’s an indication of the goal being achieved: breast cancer has lots of awareness, much more funding for research and as the previous poster said, you no longer have to whisper about it like it’s shameful. Even if you are team Fuck Komen, some marketing campaigns - which this was - end. It’s part of the cycle.
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Old 10-10-2019, 06:30 AM
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Hopefully we are getting smarter. There are sites which evaluate charities and that means we are able to choose a charity based on the results they are getting, not on their publicity compaigns.

There are still people who will buy the pink yogurt and the pink whatever. The others, they want to cure Komen, or just choose another charity. I don't generally wear much pink and certainly don't want anyone to think that I support Komen.

And unfortunately that's probably the main point. Those who wear pink in October appear to be supporting Komen, not supporting breast cancer awareness.
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Old 10-10-2019, 10:43 AM
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If that means that our Sunday color funnies won't be in shades of pink, then hurray.
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:00 AM
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From about 2004-2014, you couldn’t avoid the endless pink. Watch an NFL game and it looked like every player had puked a Peptol Bismol all over his uniform. Oh, by the way, they sold pink jerseys in the team store.
With too many high-profile players having domestic-violence incidents against women, the NFL rightly received backlash against their Think Pink efforts. It was taken as completely cynical actions on the league's part, not heartfelt gestures on the parts of the players and teams.
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