So it appears that the Susan G Komen Foundation's attempts to tap in to massive public outrage have been wildly successful. I don't think they'd intended it to work like this, though. Since this has been pissing me off and I want to do what little I can to keep pushing this particular issue, here's a cavalcade of Komen links:
PZ Myers - Big Charity:
It does make sense if you’re a right-wing corporate entity that has funded its growth on a foundation of a universally appreciated cause, but that actually has closer ties to conservative corporate and religious interests. They aren’t so much against breast cancer, as they are for protecting “good” girls, and against those fornicating sluts who get abortions, and can go ahead and die horribly. They listen more to the anti-abortion crusaders (some of whom are on their executive staff!) than to women.
The organization's current president, Karen Handel, ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 and lost in the Republican primary. Sarah Palin endorsed her. During her campaign she promised repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood. She took over Komentm a few months ago. You do the math.
You should have a low opinion of them because they're a fake charity run like any other company with a product to sell. In this case the product is a combination of guilt, pity, and hope dissolved in a weak acid and dyed a nauseating pink.
Nancy Brinker, the founder of Komen and sister of the famed, now deceased Susan G. Komen, has always thought of herself as a heavy hitting player in politics. As you've seen in other diaries, she raised millions for Bush's election, as well as other GOP lawmakers. She was appointed by Bush to high positions in his administration. She has a very large ego and likes to play the role of political kingmaker, using her corporate backed non-profit organization to further her agenda.
One of Komen's own affiliates withdrew its support as well. The Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure said in a statement on Wednesday that it "shares" people's frustration over the decision and that it will continue funding Planned Parenthood of New England.
"Komen caved to political pressure," wrote editorial writer Tod Robberson in the Dallas Morning News. "The next time Komen for the Cure comes asking us for an editorial supporting one of their local events, I'm going the think twice."
Lea Goldman - The Big Business of Breast Cancer (from 2011):
After all, in the nearly 20 years since the pink ribbon became the official symbol of the cause — Estée Lauder cosmetics counters handed out 1.5 million of them in 1992 as part of the first-ever nationwide awareness campaign to leverage the pink ribbon — breast cancer has become the NFL of diseases, glutted with corporate sponsorships, merchandise deals, and ad campaigns. This is true year-round, but especially in October, when breast cancer marketing reaches a frothy pink frenzy. This month, an awareness-minded consumer can buy almost any knickknack or household item in pink — from lint brushes and shoelaces to earbuds and Snuggies. If she happens to be in an American Airlines Admirals Club, she can snack on pink cookies while drinking pink champagne. If instead she finds herself at one of the nation's 500 Jersey Mike's Subs franchises, for about $7 she can order the "pink ribbon combo," consisting of a sandwich, chips, and soda served in a limited-edition pink plastic cup (because nothing says "cancer awareness" like chips and soda).
Gin & Tacos - Pinkwashed (from 2008):
What's wrong with pinkwashing? If you're going to buy soup anyway, isn't it better for Campbell's to send a dime to charity? Yes and no. Yes, it's obviously good that charities receive donations. No, it's not healthy to encourage people to believe that they have Done Their Part and Made a Difference by shopping. It's unhealthy to tell people they are expressing their individuality by buying an iMac and a Jetta and choosing the Pottery Barn collection that really communicates who they are as a person. It's unhealthy to reassure your long-dead inner radical that you are not part of The Machine by feeding it.
Meanwhile, last year SGK gave $680,000 to Planned Parenthood. Yesterday, according to the news I've seen, Planned Parenthood raised at least $650,000. I'm pretty sure that number will keep going up. Want to help? I've got two suggestions:
First, you can buy eBooks from Scalzi between now and the 8th. I sure as hell did:
Second, you can donate money directly to PP. I gave them $10 last night. I also chose to do so in honor of these fine folks:
Susan G Komen Foundation
5005 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, TX
Dallas, TX 75244
I hear that the Susan G Komen Foundation will be getting a lot of lovely thank you notes in the mail in the near future.
I include this one because, first, it's an op-ed in DALLAS, TEXAS and, second, because the Susan G Komen Foundation is located in Dallas.
The two on the bottom row don't count, as they're not Subterranean Press eBooks. But I got them anyway because, hell, why not?