The Politics of Breast Cancer Awareness

I’ve been sharing this 2011 Marie Claire article widely since the Susan G. Komen for the Cure/Planned Parenthood debacle erupted a couple of days ago, so I thought I’d share it here, too. I’m fully supportive of Planned Parenthood, but I’ve also been suspicious of Susan G. Komen ever since I read what Marie Claire had to say about them last October. It’s amazing that there can be so little oversight of charities or of businesses claiming to donate in support of a cause. It’s also troubling that a single organization that grossed more than $400 million in 2010 does not show up on the list of organizations that donate most of their funds to research and treatment. If you’re not inclined to read the entire article, skip to page 4 for a list of alternative organizations to which you can donate. I don’t know the politics of these organizations vis a vis family planning, but it is nice to know that they are putting your money to work in the way you probably intended.

It seems the online world is on fire about this issue (or maybe it’s just my little overwhelmingly feminist circle of bloggers/acquaintances/colleagues), and the worst part for Komen may be the way that this decision is drawing attention to other serious questions about its financing, fundraising, and the politics behind its decisions.