Thursday, February 2, 2012

Is the Susan G Komen Foundation Relevant Anymore?

Breast Cancer Campaign - 10 Downing Street Illuminated Pink
Some Women Will Be Left Out
Just because they can't afford to pay for screening

Picture: 10 Downing Street, UK
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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One might want to ask if there is much relevancy to consumer philanthropy and activism anymore.

Arising during the Reagan years, the  bubble gum pink method of fighting a disease through "awareness"  might be past it's use by date.  Everyone is aware these days of breast cancer. Awareness is not a problem.

Getting screening to poor women who may live years of desperate worry or even die because their breast cancer was not found and treated early, now that would be a worthwhile activity for a charity.  But that's just what the Susan G Komenn foundation will not be doing anymore in conjunction with Planned Parenthood according to the reports.

Instead they will focus on awareness.  I guess that's for the middle and upper classes who have the money to buy their pink shit.

This analysis based on news reports that the Susan G Komen foundation will not be donating to  Planned Parenthood anymore.

For one see: Susan G. Komen Pulls Planned Parenthood Funding

Also see review of book that appears to be sceptical of the SGKF.  I'm going to order a copy.

Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy 

(for more information about what is inside see reviews by customers below the main posting.)