Think Pink

by Brad Nelson   10/12/14

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This public service gimmick is apparently necessary because it’s just possible that “awareness” itself could lead to a cure. Isn’t that how it works?

Personally, I would have thought Donate to Find a Cure for Breast Cancer Month would have been a more effective approach. Ten cents and “awareness” still won’t buy you a cup of coffee. But what do I know? Perhaps there is some karmic-like magical effect from an NFL player wearing pink on his uniform that causes the “awareness” gods to create a cure.

But we all like breasts, right? Chicks like them. Guys like them. What’s the prob? I suppose homosexuals might be the one identity group left out of all this. (Wait…I’ve just received a text . . . apparently homosexuals love things such as nipple piercing, so I may have spoken too soon about their lack of interest in breasts.)

All kidding aside, I find “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” to be pretty vapid, and more than a little creepy. When I see guys wearing pink in the NFL, it’s as if the ladies have intruded. It gives the sense that men now need to ask permission first to go ahead and act like men. That pink acts like a dog marking its territory.

But what can you do? If you complain about this obnoxious pink bullying (aka “awareness”), you’ll likely be labeled a sexist, a breast-a-phobe, or something of the sort. At the very least, your future is sure to involve social ostracism and — much more importantly — a reduction in actually breasts intersecting your life where it really counts, if you know what I mean.

So StubbornThings will go ahead and go along with this lame gimmick, if only . . . well . . . stubbornly. The good news, of course, is that November is Jock Itch Awareness Month. Ladies, we’ll let you know what you have to wear.

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27 Responses to Think Pink

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, I hope that doesn’t mean everything appears in pink this month. That wasn’t easy to read. As for pink outfits in the NFL, I don’t watch it anyway, so that hardly matters to me. But it would be nice if there were Prostate Cancer Awareness Month as well — hey, don’t liberals prate of the need for equality? Hold them to their own standard. Hoist them on their own petard.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The odd thing is (well, not odd if you know the techniques of the Left) is there doesn’t seem to be anyone asking for money. It’s just a campaign for “awareness.” And this means its a propaganda campaign.

  2. Anniel says:

    Brad – Go into big chain grocery stores during this month and the cashiers will ask you to “add” to your bill your donation to Breast Cancer Awareness and treatment. If you say “No, thank you,” you can just imagine the muttering and cold stares from everyone present. The Komen Foundation pays big salaries, but I do know people who have been helped by the Foundation. I have to ask though where the promised cure is when so much money has been donated? Sorry if I sound jaded here.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Oh, goodness. You go *anywhere* these days, Annie, and somebody asks you if you’d like to add a dollar to your bill for the cause-of-the-week. It’s getting rather obnoxious.

      Jonah Goldberg talks about this kind of stuff in “Liberal Fascism” this “activism” and the desire to “make a different” just becomes a religion

      This morning on the way out of the grocery store some kid in a Boy Scouts uniform tried to sell me some junk candy. I told him (and presumably his mother), “No thanks, but here’s a donation that I want to go direct to your cause and not the candy company.” And I said it with a smile on my face. I”m not, in principle, against giving to good causes. But dressing NFL players in pink for “awareness”? That’s just a pink-mafia form of bullying, if you ask me.

      If you want a donation, ask for it. Don’t make us jump through these asinine hoops and silly marketing gimmicks.

      I like women. I don’t hate the fairer sex. But, good god, this feminization of society is just getting out of hand. It’s all “feelings”-based. Society is becoming like a Tupperware Party from Hell that you can’t escape from.

  3. Anniel says:

    I always found Tupperware Parties hellish, and I loathe professionals who make charity their racket, no matter the sex of the offender involved. The only “ribbon” I have ever worn is an origami one folded from a dollar bill by my son.

    Someday I’m going to write of the scam that is FEMA and their obnoxious rules of engagement.

    And I love manly men with minds of their own.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I’ve never attended (or heard of anyone holding) a Tupperware party, though I did visit the company HQ for a tour during my visit to Orlando for Magicon in 1992. (I had gone to a herpetarium that advertised a snake-milking demo, but they were closed temporarily, so I found myself with some extra free time when I happened to pass by.)

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      I think the bottom line for me is that so much of Progressive culture is just so aesthetically stupid.

      • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

        You don’t like pink?

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Not on male football players.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          Pink is okay on roses, butterflies, toilet paper, and women’s cheeks. But not on football players.

          • Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

            You just don’t care if women get breast cancer, you beast.

            • Timothy Lane says:

              Hey, I’m willing to do whatever I can to protect women from prostate cancer.

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                I think I sorta know where you’re going with that. And I agree.

              • Cardinal Fang says:

                One of my favorite comedians, Bill Burr, said this on Conan Obrien: “You know what makes women happy? Nothing,” Burr said. “And that is why they are slowly taking over the NFL. Because it annoys them that we can sit there with pizza and a drink like, ‘That’s not holding!’ and enjoy ourselves.”

                It sounded like Burr was only ragging on women, but he was also calling men dumb.

                “They’re jealous of how simple the male brain can be,” he added. “We can just sit there and find true happiness and it bugs them, so they have to try and ruin it.”

              • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

                Right on, Cardinal Fang. That’s good stuff.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    It’s all about feeling one is morally superior because one feels sorry for others.

    Of course, that and $2 will get you a cup of coffee.

    Actually do something can be so troublesome.

  5. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    Remember when those girls got kidnapped in Somali recently, or wherever? Rush was making fun of the fact that Michelle & Co. immediately put out a supportive “hashtag.” But was anyone willing to actually do something, to go on record about what the basic problem was (Islam)? No. All we got is the hashtag which didn’t do these girls, or any other girls, any good.

    This is perhaps my secondary objection to the pink. If you want to raise money for breast cancer, by all means do so. Jerry Lewis had (has?) his telethon for muscular dystrophy. The Lions Club supports vision. And if the NFL or anyone else wants to support cancer research, breast or otherwise, that’s okay by me.

    But we’ve entered the realm where we’re surrounded by all this symbolic nonsense whose primary (or, I would say, secondary) purpose is to show how much one “cares.” It is thus ultimately narcissistic. It trivializes the problem even while touting “awareness.”

    “Awareness,” much like the hashtag craze, can become a meaningless gesture.

    Of course, I would say the primary point of the pink is to feminize males, to let men know that, at least symbolically, it is women who are in charge, that men may pursue their manly pursuits, but only first if women sanctify them, subject ultimately and always to their approval.

    That men are becoming too dumb and cowardly to recognize this “pink” for what it is shows that it’s working. Maybe one of these days we’ll note the sexism inherent in these “pink” movements. It cuts both ways.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The kidnapping was by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. (The proper response was to start bombing Muslim cities until the girls were released. Obliterating their population base would get their attention fast — if any of them were left.)

      As for your basic point, it goes back to Rush Limbaugh’s point that liberals prefer symbolism over substance. The former is so much easier, and they judge themselves on intent rather than results anyway (precisely for this reason).

    • Pst4usa says:

      Well Brad, the hash tag would have worked if they made them all pink!

      • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

        Yes. I’m beginning to understand, Pat. Somehow pink has magical properties. Stupid me, I guess. I didn’t know that.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          Yes, Richard Armour (in It All Started With Columbus) hinted at the problems the colonials forces would have had at Bunker Hill if the British troops had been suffering from pinkeye.

  6. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    And if the NFL or anyone else wants to support cancer research, breast or otherwise, that’s okay by me.

    One shouldn’t forget that the NFL is doing this for reasons of PR. They have been trying to expand the female viewership for years and this phony campaign is one way they are trying to achieve this goal. The billionaires who own the NFL could personally trump every cent which comes into the Susan Komen Foundation, many times over, if that was their goal.

    Two other points,

    1. Remember the female officer of the Komen foundation who had to resign because she made some remark about abortion? At least I believe it was something like that. This shows the search for a cure to cancer has been subordinated to the PC police agenda.
    2. It is not clear that all the NFL players really fall for this crap. But there is no doubt they are forced to follow the party line and would be punished if they spoke out against it in any way.

    This is how monied interests further the Leftist agenda. As Lenin said, “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which we will hang them.”

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      The billionaires who own the NFL could personally trump every cent which comes into the Susan Komen Foundation, many times over, if that was their goal.

      I don’t mind at all self-interested goals that forward (as a side effect) a good cause. After all, we couldn’t be free-market conservatives without grasping Adam Smith’s point of, “It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

      But surely there is a sort of obnoxious and bland superficiality to all this NFL pink-ification. I agree with you on that point.

      And ditto on the abortion point. This shows that much of this is simply about forwarding the Cultural Marxist paradigm. Women are victims, don’t you know? And that excuses any kind of excess…including dressing NFL players up in pink.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I believe it was the head (maybe even the founder) who was pretty much forced to quit after they defunded Planned Parenthood because they don’t actually perform breast cancer tests (though they do make referrals). Naturally, liberal Molochites were up in arms that Tophet was being denied, and threatened to boycott Komen over their apostasy.

  7. GHG says:

    Just a quick google search for the number of deaths per year from breast and prostate cancers showed expected deaths in 2014 to be 40,000 from breast cancer and 30,000 from prostate cancer. While a 33% difference is significant, the difference in focus being foisted upon the American public speaks more to the political agenda of the left than health concerns.

    What I find interesting, if not more than a little ironic, is that as a red blooded American male I state without qualm that I feel more protective of a woman than a man, and therefore really don’t have a problem with more effort spent on trying to cure breast cancer than prostate cancer (however, the ridiculous window dressing “pinking” of our culture is not something I endorse) – BUT, doesn’t the left preach equality? How can they be all in a tizzy about a disease affecting women and not have equal agitation for a disease affecting men (or at least a 75% tizzyness quotient)? But, of course I ask that rhetorically because as we all know there is no consistency of thought or act when it comes to the machinations of the enemy.

  8. Bill says:

    Cut the cable. Hit’em in the wallet. It’s the only power we have left- power as consumers– or not!
    Let me tell ya- it’s working. ESPN is laying off hundreds. Keep sending the message!

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