I decided to take a year off from my annual Pinktober “pink is a color not a cure” rant and talk politics. However, my givashit is broken again. I was going to complain about the overabundance of political signage marring the beautiful landscape of a New England autumn, but apparently my givashit is not the only one broken. I have counted three signs on my country road just weeks before a Presidential election. Three. All for Trump. Not one Clinton sign. Now, before Trump fans start crowing, let me repeat. THREE signs for Trump on miles and miles of country road that is usually loaded with signs. I started taking note of the lack of commitment in other parts of my community as well and I’m struck by how few people are proclaiming loyalty to either candidate this year. Now, if you go by Facebook and Twitter, people have very strong opinions. Either that or we’ve all been hacked. In person, you get a wary shrug and a haunted “we’re all fucked anyway, what does it matter?” look. On one hand we have a rich, white, misogynistic, anti immigrant pig. On the other hand we have a rich, white, establishment politician married to a misogynistic pig. Whoever wins is bringing so much baggage I’m not sure there is enough room at the White House for all of it. I want to be With Her, because I am a life long Democrat. I will probably vote for her because the alternative scares the bejeesuz out of me but I can’t say I’m ready to post signs and bumper stickers all over my property proclaiming my commitment to a Clinton/Kaine ticket. Of course, I blame the GOP for this. Seventeen candidates and this is the choice you give us? Pull yourselves together. It used to be fun to beat you at the polls. Now it’s just embarrassing. We are about to make history by electing the first woman for President and it already feels pretty anti-climatic. Disappointing really. Hardly a fair fight at all. Wait. You did that on purpose, didn’t you? Well played, GOP, well played…
Oh. I promised you a sign, didn’t I?
Sorry.. couldn’t resist. Here’s a mini rant. No cancer is fun, pretty, whimsical or easy. Simply put, it sucks. It’s hard, painful and scary as hell. Bedecking yourself in pink ribbons is not going to make a bit of difference in the outcome of your treatment. It will, however, make many corporations very rich. Ask yourself how much of those dollars are going into cancer research. Think before you pink. That is all.
So much angst over Kate Middleton exposing her breasts in public. And by public I mean any place a high powered lens can invade your privacy. Last week it was Harry’s ass. This week Kate’s breasts. Why does it seem like this is so much worse?
The magazine who printed these should simply photoshop pink ribbons over Kate’s nipples and call it a PSA, just in time for the pink washing of the world that was formerly known as October. God knows, we need more fun pictures depicting breast cancer. Kate will be redeemed and the magazine can cash in on breast cancer. Win/win.
Here. They can use my ribbon. It even comes with a pretty little chain of daisies. Fun and feminine!
This makes me think of how breast cancer awareness ads always show perky young, blemish free (heavily photoshopped?) breasts and when someone dares show what a real breast with cancer looks like in an effort to educate women it’s deemed “shocking” and comes with an accompanying warning. Really? A warning?
My new gravatar depicts perfectly how I felt when I read the following blog last night http://ihavebreastcancerblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/shame-shame-shame-on-susan-g-komen/ and how angry I still feel with the Susan G Komen foundation. While I’ve never been a fan of the ribbon, I have been a fan of any organization that works hard to raise money for cancer research and supports early detection screenings. Not just breast cancer, but for all cancer. However, no cancer seems to get as much press as breast cancer. Not even children’s cancer and that has always troubled me. When October rolls around and the whole world turns pink I wonder if people affected by other types of cancer feel any resentment? I think I would in their shoes. But I digress.. the reason for this rant is the fact that the foundation, who has been providing funding to Planned Parenthood, has pulled that funding based on the personal ideology of their new VP of public policy, a one Karen Handel who actually once ran for Governor of Georgia on a platform of defunding Planned Parenthood. I have to wonder if she took this job soley to fulfill her own twisted agenda. And I also have to wonder why the rest of the organization is going along with it. The monies given to Planned Parenthood by SGK were for early breast cancer detection. Not for abortions. Not for birth control. But to provide women who might otherwise have no way to get it, breast cancer screening. I don’t care what your political or religious views are and I won’t bore you with mine, but I am sick to death of women’s healthcare being held hostage by the rantings of extremists. Conservatives don’t want the government to pay for healthcare, yet they want to dictate how nonprofits handle their funding? It’s crazy making. In the future when asked to sponsor someone in the “walk for a cure” I will politely decline and make a donation to Planned Parenthood instead. Join me?
And now I am putting to rest my ribbon. I can support breast cancer research without festooning myself and my house in pink ribbons. You can too.