Breast Cancer Awareness 2011: The Stink of Pink
Many of you wonder what led me to become a passionate advocate for safe cosmetics. It was the big “C.” Cancer….the dreaded disease…it has affected many lives and probably touched yours too at some point. When my mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, my heart fell to my feet. I had a special relationship with my mother…not only were we mother and daughter but best friends too. My worst nightmare was that something would happen to her….and it did. Within 3 months of the diagnosis, she passed away. I started making some connections between the personal care products she’d used her whole life and what role they had in her demise. I go into detail on this topic in my ebook, Saving Face: Bogus Beauty and the Toxic Beast (coming soon!) But for now, I just hope you will begin to realize the connection between using toxic products and disease as well, especially since we are in the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2011.
Breast Cancer Awareness 2011: Pink Stinks
I really wanted to post about Breast cancer awareness month 2011 because I think it is bogus! Yes!! No disrespect to the many women who are bravely fighting breast cancer…I support you wholeheartedly. I do however, take exception to the cosmetic companies who have the nerve to put a pink ribbon on their lipstick package. The same lipstick which contains toxic, disease causing chemicals. How about the personal care company who creates a special “pink” deodorant? The same deodorant which contains aluminum and parabens, which are linked to breast cancer! And they market the products to women with breast cancer, breast cancer survivors, and women everywhere. That’s irony for you!
Roots of the Pink Ribbon
On a side note, I recently read a terrific blog post from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on the origin of the “pink ribbon” campaign. It was actually an excerpt from Stacy Malkan’s must read book, Not Just a Pretty Face. The origin of the ribbon began with good intentions by a woman whose life was touched by breast cancer as a way to call attention to breast cancer prevention. It actually was a peach (not pink) ribbon. When corporate America gained hold of the idea, it became distorted. Peach was not a very marketable color…however pink was. It represents “femininity, tranquility, and strength.” The marketing “geniuses” ran with it. Now instead of symbolizing prevention, it promotes awareness, along with incredible commerciality (pink ribbon water bottles, tote bags, jackets, even fishing poles and the list goes on and on…It’s no surprise the original creator of the peach ribbon wanted nothing to do with it’s rebirth. Even though pink is my favorite color (I admit it), when it comes to this issue, I wholeheartedly embrace “Say NO to pink!”
Pink Poison Products
So here we have this or that mega-company who knowingly add chemicals (and yes, they do know these ingredients are harmful) into the products millions of women trust and use every day. But at least it has a cute little pink ribbon on it…Instead, how about removing the cancer-causing ingredients and replacing them with safe ones? Have “they” even thought of this?
Why should we support companies who claim to promote “breast cancer awareness” while their product contributes to the disease? If only women would become more educated (and trust me, ladies, we are!) we can omit personal care products from the risk factors associated with cancer.
Be sure to watch the video too (I posted it last year but feel it’s worth a re-post.)
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