Pink Ribbon Blues

Smile, sit down, and read
by Gayle A. Sulik | Nonfiction |
ISBN: 0199933995 Global Overview for this book
Registered by quietorchid of Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on 6/10/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by quietorchid from Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Monday, June 17, 2013
Very careful, thoughtful, in depth look at the 'war on breast cancer.' You will be surprised at the costs so far, and the actual results.

Sulik does a very balanced job of looking at Pink Ribbon Culture, and what it means. Specifically, it does mean hope and support to women who have certain types of breast cancer, and fit within certain cultural ranges. However, to a large extent, it also means we have abdicated real and meaningful action in terms of breast cancer research and solutions in favor of feel-good symbolic action and 'awareness'. Does anyone out there think that breast cancer is a good thing? No? Then I think we have all reached awareness.

Sulik then looks at the continuing reification of breast cancer survivors and casualities, and also actual mortality rates, and the effectiveness of 'early detection'. Turns out, early detection may, and I emphasize may, make a difference in 1 out of 2000 diagnoses. But frequent mammograms also expose more people to radiation, result in false positives, and also make us think we are doing something to prevent breast cancer.

Having gone through the book, I could not put it down. I will warn you, she writes a little academically, but the tale she tells is riveting. Her analysis is first rate, and supported by reputable primary sources (I dare you to read each footnote!), and her conclusions are thought-provoking. Having been made uneasy by pink for 25 years as a second wave feminist, I am now more able to articulate the perils and discomforts of third wave mass consumerism feminism after reading this book.

She uses images of mass culture, survivor stories, memoirs, interviews, and many other interesting sources. This book should make you think. It may make you mad, I hope it does. Read this book.

Journal Entry 2 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Saturday, February 14, 2015

Released 4 yrs ago (2/14/2015 UTC) at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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Released 3 yrs ago (2/7/2016 UTC) at Gingko Coffee Shop - Snelling and Minnehaha in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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