I have always been against the pink ribbon movement. I lost a close family member to a different type of cancer a few years a go and was infuriated by how difficult it was to find information and support because she didnt have breastcancer. I have always felt we should promote cancer awareness and look for a cure for cancer...not focus so much on breastcancer
mystical mumma (03-04-2012)
i have often wondered the truth behind this powerful marketing tool; its sad but not surprising that its probably corporate financial greed.
i personally don't buy a product because its 'pink' and think I am helping the fight for a cure, but in general I do think awareness is a good thing - maybe now the next movement for pushing real change can happen?
I'd be interested to see the whole movie. Thought provoking.
I tend to support foundations that aren't well known, or that I've seen have a direct impact and KNOW that the results actually filter down to those that need it. It makes the pool of groups that I donate to pretty small, but I'm able to give more to those small groups than the pittance I might give to heaps of bigger ones that would probably only use the money for marketing anyway.
DH and I had a big discussion recently about the commercialisation of charity. On the one hand I can see how partnering up with business can help raise more money theoretically, but on the other hand I worry about where the money is actually going and the ethics of it.
Is the pink ribbon campaign a giant success or is it an example of the corporate world taking over and marginalising not just other cancer sufferers but also breast cancer victims themselves who feel it glamourises a horrible situation?
I'm really not sure how I feel about it.
I also thought one of the comments on the video was interesting - the one that said there is an incentive to not cure it as there is more money to be made in medicines managing it than curing it. The more corporate something becomes, the more financial factors influence it.
But then I think, well, perhaps thats just reality - scientific research costs money.
I'm conflicted (obviously, lol).
ETA: not to nitpick, but I don't feel like I am a victim of breast cancer.....I've actually kicked it's @rse
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