Topic: Pinktober Revolution

Forum: Mental Health: Because Cancer Doesn't Just Affect Your Breasts — Meet and support others who are affected by these issues around anxiety, depression, and other emotional effects.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2012 12:03AM - edited Dec 23, 2015 08:34PM by sas-schatzi

Posted on: Aug 2, 2012 12:03AM - edited Dec 23, 2015 08:34PM by sas-schatzi

sas-schatzi wrote:

We support the efforts to bring awareness to breast cancer during the month of October, but we are frustrated by Pinking and Pinkwashing. Please, join us as we seek to improve knowledge re: breast cancer.

Vision Statement:To bring full awareness of the reality of breast cancer to the general public; the surgeries, the treatments and the horror that there is NO cure. To ensure that proceeds donated to the cause are publically noted and distributed in an appropriate manner for the community in which the funds were raised. To keep corporations accountable for the use of pink products and the medical field driven to move the cure closer to the finish line.

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Archive storage for Pintober Revolution-non discussion area

This is just a sampling of the bonehead comments we hear all the time. Thanks Scuttlers for finding this :)

scuttlers wrote: I may make a copy, put on the fridge, and play bingo for one week. If I get a "Bingo", hubby takes me to dinner. If I get a "full card", I get a full spa treatment. Then all those idiots would be wondering why I jump up and down and scream happily at their stupid and asinine remarks. :-). !!!!!

Breast Cancer Action webinar on Sexualization of breast cancer. Traveltext, 2015

Please ask Look Good Feel Better To Stop Giving Carcingoneic Products to Breast Cancer Patients through the Look Good Feel Better program JackBirdie, 2015.

American Cancer Society, Stop Giving Carcinogenic Cosmetics to Women With Cancer

Thurs. 29 October 2015 By Katy Skahill, Truthout | Op-Ed (BCO member Jackbirdie)

Google hits sexualization Oct 2015 43,100

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out shouting "holy crap....what a ride".
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Dec 18, 2019 10:23PM alicebastable wrote:

I'm on a different cancer type forum, and a gentleman there was describing having to go to a breast center for one of his tests, and how weird and awkward he felt. I was happy to give him information on male breast cancer, and how attitudes like his are part of the reason men get tested later with higher stages. I wish there was a way to educate EVERYBODY about it.

Total hysterectomy for endometrial cancer 2008, MOHS surgery on face for skin cancer 2016, lumpectomy for breast cancer 2018, nephrectomy for kidney cancer 2018. I want a new hobby. Dx ILC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 28, 2020 10:56PM Togethertolearn wrote:

I loved the pink days now since I ended treatment in September. I helped get Pink games for all our high schools teams not just the usual varsity. The support and love at those has been amazing, very unifying, very emotional and healing for many . This was my first pink October as a survivor and I felt encouraged each time I saw a Pink item: I felt not alone and felt like there is a future after (my mind is still processing cancer and I feel lost much of the time). Also I think seeing pink does remind people about getting mammograms or doing a self check. So I liked it... but ask me in a couple of years :) I never gave a thought about pink till my diagnosis, it wasn't on my radar. So that's another reason why I liked October 2019 pink, it felt brand new!

Diagnosed 2019, age 45. Dx 4/2019, Right, <1cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 27, 2021 07:39PM rubyredslippers wrote:

Traveltext wrote:

Yes, attractive younger women, often with little kids, are used a lot in ad campaigns when the average age women get bc is 57. Never a man, of course. A bc marketing person told me that this evokes the greatest fundraising response.

Exactly. But then they will say that their message is "cancer doesn't discriminate" .. 'be aware' etc. The message this sends is, cancer only effects women with kids - or, that only women with a family go through hell with cancer. I got bc at a young age, and have no kids. I am offended by being presented with images of something that might provoke a certain response. When we're talking about something as serious as cancer, no marketing person should be manipulating an image of who is effected and who isnt. I can only imagine how isolating and shaming this is for men.

I no longer feel comfortable displaying my diagnosis.
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Jan 27, 2021 07:42PM rubyredslippers wrote:

Mominator wrote:

We get a double dose of Pinktober in my area, both in October as well as May. The local hospital conglomerate has designated May as "Paint the Town Pink" month in honor of mothers and breast cancer awareness. Big bows and huge pink banners appear everywhere in towns served by this hospital group. Local towns have their names changed to include pink, such as Red Bank becomes Pink Bank. Local town councils and PTAs and other community groups jump on the pink bandwagon, having fundraisers, and probably drinking the pink cool-aid as well.

Everything that I absolutely despise about this topic. Breast cancer isnt pink and pretty and I fail to see how this actually helps anyone.

I no longer feel comfortable displaying my diagnosis.
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Jan 27, 2021 07:56PM - edited Jan 27, 2021 08:08PM by rubyredslippers

Traveltext wrote: A late addition:"Gaslighting is deliberate psychological manipulation that causes someone to question their own sanity while making them feel dependent on the perpetrator of that harm. And it's clear that pink-ribbon culture is sanctioned gaslighting, celebrated during its very own pink month."

Great link Traveltext.

Buy our product. Selling breast cancer as sexy, 'save tatas'. There is even a oncology gynae group in Australia using the disgusting slogan "Save the Box". When will women's bodies stop being objectified and used to sell stuff? It's not the cancer that matters, it's the potential loss of an objectified body part. Our anger isnt something anyone wants to know about, but this crap is? Something really wrong here isnt there? They justify the sexualising of breast or gynae cancer by saying it 'gets attention / gets people talking'. The problem is, the message that it sends is the wrong message. It gets attention by taking away the reality of cancer, and instead turn bc into something that resembles a fun and pretty experience, and all that matters is that breasts are saved as they are sexy. And / or, what we've been through is being used to sell products. Or, that saving a 'box' is imperative as a woman's worth is all about objectified body parts. I don't know any woman who refers to her reproductive organs as a 'box' ... and I don't know of any woman who isnt aware of cancer, or wants to talk about saving a box. We want respectful discussions about cancer, not this.

I no longer feel comfortable displaying my diagnosis.
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Jan 28, 2021 06:12AM sbelizabeth wrote:

For prostate cancer "awareness" and fundraising, do men prance around in bedazzled boxer shorts and wild wigs No? Prostate cancer isn't a reason for a party?

"Save the cojones" for testicular cancer?

Of course not. It would be sexualizing and trivializing a disease that's neither sexy nor trivial.

What's that smell? Uh-oh, my hair is on fire again...

pinkribbonandwheels.wordpress.... Dx 10/20/2011, IDC/IBC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 6/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/15/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 4/18/2012 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy 5/21/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2012 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 4/15/2013 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap
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Jan 31, 2021 05:18PM rubyredslippers wrote:

sbelizabeth - exactly!

I no longer feel comfortable displaying my diagnosis.

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