real breast cancer awareness

The Week in Boob News: Real Breast Cancer Awareness Edition

Many readers know how I feel about Breast Cancer Awareness Month and why I don’t support pink ribbon wrapped causes. And I’m not alone in my criticism of “breast cancer industry month.” This week I’m sharing some of the best articles on the subject. I call it “real breast cancer awareness” because these pieces don’t subscribe […]

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Why I Hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I don’t look forward to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That may seem like a strange statement coming from a woman whose own mother was diagnosed with the disease. Given my sex and age, I have a personal stake in seeing progress made. I remember what it was like in the late 1960s, when women didn’t […]

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Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Taking on The Breast Industrial Complex

I’m not sure why watching the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., made me so angry. I’d read Samantha King’s book, on which the film is loosely based, back in 2008. I reviewed it, along with Gayle Sulik’s similar work on the subject, Pink Ribbon Blues. I recently wrote a blog on Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History, a new non-fiction work which, among […]

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Pink Ribbon Backlash: Who Benefits from Breast Cancer Awareness?

I may be a breast expert, but I find it difficult to write about Breast Cancer Awareness month. It could be that I’m all pinked out, or too knowledgeable from years of research and study. It may be tied to my painful childhood memories. When I was ten years old, my mother was diagnosed with breast […]

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