Mr. Smith: Duchamp, the Big Glass and Chronic Illness
Well, I did it--I updated my Facebook status with the following:
BLACK RIBBON CAMPAIGN AGAINST SUSAN G. KOMEN FOUNDATION
Please update your status and/or wear a black ribbon if you agree.
Dear Komen Foundation,
Breast cancer doesn't care about a woman's religious or political beliefs, and neither should you. Pulling breast cancer screening from Planned Parenthood under the cover of "new guidelines" sends a message that it doesn't matter to you if SOME women get breast cancer or not.
This is not what my friends and I had in mind when we ran in your races, donated to your organization and bought all that overpriced pink merchandise. We did it because we thought the fight against breast cancer was for ALL women; too bad you don't agree.
We're going to be wearing BLACK ribbons until you fire whoever came up with this idea and reinstate funding for Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screening! Consider the black ribbon a symbol of the black eye you just gave to the fight against breast cancer by turning the pink ribbon into a political football. There's a place for politics in this world; this is not it.
Women who believe that a cure for breast cancer is for everybody.
I tried to do something that people could use even if they're anti-abortion. We'll see where it goes. Please help by updating your own FB status if you can. (I probably should have signed it "Women (and men!) who believe that a cure for breast cancer is for everybody." Oh well, it's out there now.