By Natalie Palmer
Today is only the third day of October, or "Pinktober" as it's come to be called and I'm already so, so tired of all the pink. Great, only 28 days to go. You may think this sounds funny coming from someone who has a magazine called "The Pink Paper" and I would have to agree. The reason we chose the name we did was because it would be easily recognized as being associated with breast cancer, an ugly disease that touched us personally. Recently we've started to re-think this idea for reasons I'll share later.The Pink Paper was, and is, our way of giving something back to all the other women and men whose lives have been turned topsy-turvy by the "gift" of breast cancer. There has been no profit made on the backs...or chests, of all who've suffered... not by us anyway.
Please don't get me wrong. I really like the color pink when I see it in a lovely summer sunset, a field of wild flowers, cotton candy at a country fair or on the rosy cheeks of a baby...these places and many more are beautiful and touching. What's not so awe inspiring is when I see pink splashed across everything from water bottles to hammers to yogurt. This makes me mad, it makes me mad as hell actually. Companies are profiting from suffering, not a new concept, but this time it strikes a nerve. These companies are profiting from MY suffering. Think before you buy pink.
Pinkwashing is pure marketing genius! If you're not walking, purposely buying products that proudly bear pink ribbons and dressed in full pink ribbon regalia then you're not supporting "The Cause." What exactly is "The Cause" again? Oh, a cure, no wait that was SO last year, now it's "Prevention." Seriously??? Wasn't it prevention all along? Now it's prevention? This is mind boggling.
So, back to why we're thinking of changing our name. Simply put, we're tired of pink and don't want to be associated with the "pinkwashing" craze in any way, shape or form. We need your help. Maybe there's a better name. Do you have any name idea's? Is there a need for a magazine devoted entirley to breast cancer ? What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts, idea's, opinions....
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Blog Author: Natalie Palmer , that's me, was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer 8 years, 5 months and 2 days ago, it was anything but pink and pretty and I have the scars to prove it.