This week’s Weekly Wind Up is woman-themed. I know, I know–Trust Women Week is over, but! Did you hear about the Planned Parenthood-Susan G. Komen fiasco?
Last week, the Susan G. Koman Foundation decided it would eliminate all funding for Planned Parenthood’s breast cancer screenings on the grounds that it does not want to be involved with any organization under congressional investigation. This led to outrage, and after three days of ranting and petitioning, SGKF has reversed its initial decision.
I’d also like to mention that Planned Parenthood received almost $3 million over the three days proceeding the announcement. Awesome!
Despite the reversal, I’d like to share some articles I’ve been reading on SGKF, its corporate ties, and the commercialization of the breast cancer awareness movement. I’ll also be listing some pro-PP links (listen, I won’t pretend to be unbiased) and information on organizations that are alternatives to the Komen Foundation.
- Cancerland – Barbara Ehrenreich’s essay on her experience with breast cancer, in which she discusses nearly every aspect from diagnosis to treatment to support groups. Thoughts on “the ultrafeminine theme of the breast-cancer ‘marketplace'” appear, as well as SGKF’s links with pharmaceutical companies that also produce harmful pesticides. Calling into question the heralding of the battle of breast cancer while ignoring the cause, Ehrenreich writes a hard-hitting criticism of the hugely popular movement.
- Why the Komen/Planned Parenthood Breakup–While It Lasted–Was Good for Feminism – Amy Schiller’s article in The Nation on “a long-overdue spotlight on the difference between feminism as a brand and feminism as a political movement.” She criticizes selective or “choice”-feminists and their undermining of a larger fight, writing, “They cede to our opponents the assumption that women’s bodies can be regulated at all and abstain from critical conversations about the nitty-gritty of health care finance and access.”
- Think Before You Pink – “. . . a project of Breast Cancer Action, launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the number of pink ribbon products on the market.” It supports a call for more transparency and accountability from companies that participate in pink ribbon campaigns.
- Breast Cancer Action – “. . . carries the voices of people affected by breast cancer to inspire and compel the changes necessary to end the breast cancer epidemic.” BCA focuses on information, advocacy, and prevention.
- Cancer Prevention Coalition – Emphasizing prevention as opposed to treatment, “Our goal is to reduce escalating cancer rates through a comprehensive strategy of outreach, public education, advocacy, and public policy initiatives to establish prevention as the nation’s foremost cancer policy.”
Enjoy the resources!