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Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby monk » Wed Feb 1, 14:59 2012

A bit of news. The Susan G Komen foundation has decided to withdraw their support for planned parenthood. They say it's not political but no one believes them.

Meanwhile, some cool people are doing stuff about it.

John Scalzi (Sci-Fi author) has a relatively popular blog that I've been reading for years and due to his being perturbed at the Susan G. Komen foundation he is donating a weeks worth (starting today) of his ebook revenues to planned parenthood and his publisher is matching it. So if you're book shopping for some science fiction you might want to check him out. I think it's nice when you buy a book AND donate at the same time.

So some news, a plug for an author I like, and now a question.

The SGK foundation has done a lot to promote cancer awareness with women which is a good thing, but when they decided to withdraw their support from breast exams & cancer screening for the women who need it most are they now evil? I have really mixed feelings about this. I really want to dislike them now, but I don't know.
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby rowan » Wed Feb 1, 16:15 2012

This one was a good blog to read about the repurcussions SGK is facing.

http://jezebel.com/5881277/susan-g-kome ... r-the-cure

I'm glad people are taking their money and putting it to Planned Parenthood. One of my goals this year already was to donate to PP. Personally I've already had issues with SGK because the percentage they apply to actual research is pretty low. I try to donate to places with higher efficiency ratings.

(eta: also I hate pink, which is a good enough excuse not to buy pink crap)
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby kelsa » Wed Feb 1, 18:17 2012

I've never donated to SGK because they spend a ridiculous amount of money suing other charities and have outrageous overheads. I don't like charities that run themselves like corporations. So their recent decision is not really all that surprising to me and just further assures me of their goals and attitudes.

Also, while breast cancer research and awareness is very important, I've been donating/doing awareness for heart disease, which currently kills more women than breast cancer (indeed, all cancers combined.) Here's research from 2007 that supports this: http://www.cdc.gov/women/lcod/ (I have handouts with more updated charts that show pretty much the same thing.)

I have a lot of controversial feelings on breast cancer research funding, how much of it actually gets to where it is supposed to go, and if we're targeting the problem correctly to begin with.

Additionally, I hate the color pink.
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby Neko » Wed Feb 1, 21:53 2012

I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who hates pink.

I'm naturally suspicious of charities that seem too big. Much like how I hate NPOs that run like corporations--it makes for shitty social services.
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby spacefem » Thu Feb 2, 7:15 2012

I love your subject line from this post.

I've always felt conflicted about Komen... remember KFC's buckets of chicken For The Cure?
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Too many pink office supplies, too little critical thinking about what women really need, that's what's happened to the breast cancer movement IMHO.
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby Bork » Thu Feb 2, 10:34 2012

Have they talked about what they'll be putting the money towards instead of Planned Parenthood?
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Re: Finally, a reason not buy that pink crap.

Postby Sonic# » Thu Feb 2, 12:39 2012

Their claim of "efficiency" as a motive makes me laugh. Besides the relatively low percentage of funding for research in their budget, you'd think an organization would be more efficient by not suing people who use the phrase "for the cure," by reducing the amount it pays its top workers by a few hundred thousand, and by maintaining support for a group that works for the health of all women, especially those impoverished.
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby Storage and Disposal » Fri Feb 3, 11:35 2012

We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.


http://www.dallasnews.com/incoming/2012 ... unding.ece

They reversed their decision, I guess. Still not supporting them though. I'll donate elsewhere.
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby LunchBox » Fri Feb 3, 14:59 2012

^^
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In actuality I will be donating straight to PP if I ever do have the funds to for reals donate.
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby LunchBox » Fri Feb 3, 15:01 2012

Also relevant:

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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby drunken dragon » Fri Feb 3, 15:10 2012

So pro-lifers = pro-cancer?
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby LunchBox » Fri Feb 3, 15:33 2012

^for Susan G Komen foundation apparently
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby spacefem » Fri Feb 3, 16:42 2012

Yay decision reversed yadda yadda yadda

But this whole thing has brought into my mind just how awesome PP is, I mean I knew before, I've even donated and been to their rallies. But this week I finally got off my booty and signed up for their monthly donor program.

Planned parenthood: I :heart: you.
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby rowan » Sat Feb 4, 11:51 2012

I read today that maybe it wasn't actually reversed... going to have to seek out more reliable information.
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Re: Finally, a reason not to buy that pink crap.

Postby zibber » Sat Feb 4, 13:49 2012

As long as this moron's VP, who the hell knows. (via IBTP)

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ps. You gotta love that phrase, "pro-abortion". KILL BABIES!
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