So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung in her car window.
Is this true?
Not only is it true, it gets worse. The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued “competing” charities, because (paraphrasing) their “message or branding was infringing.”
You read that correctly: they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to us their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves.
Yeah signal boost because not enough people know about this and seriously FUCK SUSAN G. KOMEN THEY ARE THE ACTUAL WORST
(reblogged in honor of my mother, who died of breast cancer, 11/13/97)
In honor of my mother whom died 09/25/07
REBLOG the SHIT OUT OF THIS
In honor of mine 21/08/11
I have never liked, and neither did she (her mother died of breast cancer as well) that they slap that ribbon on ever product from toilet paper to plastic forks, and people are more likely to buy that product because they think its for a good cause.
But we just throw it in the cart, and assume they’re telling us the truth about where the moneys going.
Because of that, companies will keep slapping that pink on shit, until finally breast cancer awareness is a way to sell products.
For my mom, who had a hard time with the topic of cancer (her mother died of breast cancer, her father from colon cancer, his brother from stomach cancer, and she herself had survived ovarian cancer), it was difficult to go shopping with big flashing pink reminders of cancer everywhere she went. I think she would have been fine with it, if she wasn’t aware half of it was a marketing plot. (Fantastic links and information on that over at thinkbeforeyoupink)
"Companies know that aligning themselves with “breast cancer awareness” will improve the public’s perception of them and increase their profits. Often, people think, “between a regular product and one that has a pink ribbon on it, I’ll choose the pink ribbon product so at least some of my purchase goes to breast cancer research”"
And I feel it creates a sort of complacency.
You could sign that petition, you could go to that walkathon, but you already bought the Charmaine Bath Tissue AND the KitKat with the pink ribbon on it. You’ve already helped out this month.
"As long as consumers think they’re doing something meaningful about breast cancer by participating in these campaigns, the real work that need to be done around treatment, prevention, and access to care will continue to be under-funded and ignored."