Pink No More


It started like the disease it hopes to cure. Quiet. Innocuous. Just another news clip in the Associated Press. No one paying attention. No one really noticing — much like the whole issue of women’s heath care in this country. Within hours the disease was ravaging the internet, the media, the corridors of public opinion, spreading like cells of breast cancer that maim, disfigure, kill.

The fabled protector of women’s health across the country and around the world, one of the largest charities devoted to the mission of saving women’s lives, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, was, in one fatal diagnosis, fabled no more. Supporters of women’s health rights and proponents of Planned Parenthood everywhere were giving the Komen foundation pink slips of their own with Facebook protests, donations to Planned Parenthood, tweets of outrage and in true revolutionary fashion, good old reliable hacking into Komen’s website around midnight Thursday, with hackers writing, “Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank.” It would have made Susan B. Antony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton proud.

Three short days after the furor started, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced today it was abandoning plans to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. The dramatic retreat was stunning in the speed of its reversal. If only the passing of legislation were so swift. The New York Times in an editorial published yesterday labeled it “A Painful Betrayal,” saying that the Komen for the Cure foundation “had suffered a grievous, perhaps mortal, wound this week.”

The following is from Wikipedia:

“Critics point out that Komen’s new rules were created after the hiring of its new senior vice president for public policy Karen Handel, who stated during her unsuccessful 2010 Georgia gubernatorial campaign that “I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood” and who pledged to eliminate funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings provided by Planned Parenthood.[55][56] Komen founder Nancy Brinker is a longtime GOP donor with strong Republican ties and served as ambassador to Hungary under George W. Bush, and the decision came shortly after Komen unveiled a new partnership with the policy-making arm of George W. Bush’s presidential library.[57] Following the decision, Komen’s director of community health programs resigned in protest over the grant cutoff.[58] On February 1, 2012 Komen board member John D. Raffaelli confirmed to the New York Times that the new rules were created specifically to defund Planned Parenthood.[59]”

It is disappointing that, after 30 years of honoring her sister’s memory with an effective, if inflexible, education campaign, Mrs. Brinker has chosen to lead it into bitter partisan politics. In one fell swoop she has performed a double mastectomy, that may or may not save the victim’s life.

The backlash, like the ubiquitous pink ribbons signifying the Komen logo, have been sweet:

Yesterday, I wrote a check for $1000.00 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And then in pink glitter pen, I wrote the word VOID across it, slipped it into a pink envelope, addressed it, and dropped it in the mailbox…

Talk about empowerment.


ADDED 2/4/12: “This is a watershed moment in the contemporary conversation about reproductive rights. This is a story in which we see the possibility of a turned tide, a new way to gauge how the public actually feels about women’s rights and health, and a new way to talk about it, as well. Because what we saw this week was big. … It was powerful. It was mass. It was direct. It was emotional. And it restores women as the moral center of this conversation — which is where they belong.”

Susan G. Komen’s priceless gift




~ by eaesthete on 02/03/12.

10 Responses to “Pink No More”

  1. Powerful. Thank you.

  2. You’re an idiot. A woman’s right to choose killing an unwanted kid is not something to be proud of or fight for. You are a terrible person. I am not religious or have any political affiliation, but I do know that killing those without a voice is the biggest wrong ever.

  3. The ‘industry’ of philanthropy needs to be much more accountable, which you present so elegantly here.

    Here is empowerment that doesn’t require a donation to a charity:

    If women want to take ‘preventative’ measures to reduce the constant chemical ravaging on their bodies that leads to so many diseases including heart disease ( kills 10 times more women than breast cancer), start with the singularily most profound action of becoming vegetarian or (gasp) vegan.

    That is a ‘choice’ that instantly empowers us.

  4. wow………………..

  5. Kudos to you, EA. And if Yup You is still listening, many of those in my profession (and so many others) can’t afford health insurance. A great friend of mine, who, incidentally, is opposed to abortion, depends on Planned Parenthood for all of her routine health needs.

  6. It was a mortal wound to the Komen Foundation! From now on the donations should go to Planned Parenthood direct…I too know People who use PP but vote directly against their own interests! I find it odd to say the least to use the service and talk against it!

  7. Did you wield the pink glitter pen? Love that!

  8. Brava, Ms. Aesthete, from a long-time lurker. Brava.

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