It's almost over....and then I swear I'll
shut up and say thank God it's November. Yes, the month of October is winding down and hopefully, we will see a lot less of *this* stuff out there.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I loathe the pink ribbon. If I never see another one, it will be too soon. Why?
- There cannot be people not aware of this issue where pink ribbon items are sold.
- Just because there is a pink ribbon, does not mean money is going to your organization of choice. You need to actually read the fine print and see if it is indeed benefitting a non-profit (and we know the K group...well, not a non-profit in my mind).
- Ask yourself, do I *need* this item? If not, why not just make a direct donation to the organization the funds are benefitting? I guarantee, a direct $5 donation will do a lot more good than 30 cents from the purchase of make-up that likely contains carcinogens or other nasty ingredients.
- Think about those who have been affected by breast cancer. Do you think that 30 cents would be well spent on that make-up/pink pot/water bottle, or could you use it towards a lunch out/card/coffee treat with the person?
- Last, but not least, there is SO much pressure out there regarding breast cancer awareness. Yes, be aware, buying a cruddy water bottle is not going to make anyone else more aware (except that you've likely paid too much for said bottle). Don't forget other diseases and worries exist and they need your attention, too. What about lung or pancreatic cancer? Childhood illnesses? Food and shelter for those who don't have it?
In fact, the commercialism regarding this issue just makes me sick. It's pushed, pushed, pushed and the reality is that there is a lot of crap out there that could kill us. Yes, there needs to be research on it, but there are other issues that need dollars thrown at them, too. Breast cancer is neither pink nor pretty. Let's all stop buying into the hype now and put our money where WE feel it should go...not what some corporation wants.
I will very glad to not be hassled at the cash register anymore, either by the machine OR the clerk. No, thank you, I do not want to donate to *breast cancer.* Seriously?