Meet Stinque’s Shero of the Day
Because I’ll start stroking out if I talk at length about the pink-plastering Komen Foundation deciding they can’t fund breast cancer testing programs at Planned Parenthood clinics, yet I can’t quite totally pivot away from the Department of Lady Bits to the Department of Soul Train Memories tonight, I present to you my nominee for Stinque’s Shero of the Day:
To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, Virginia State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication.
Oh sweet 8 pound 7 ounce baby Jesus, thank you Sen. Howell for bringing me so much joy and stopping me from going completely stabby. Now I can return to “Top Chef: Texas” without feeling like there’s yet another thing I have to do tonight.
P.S. If you are still spitting mad about the pink-washing chicken-shit Sarah Palin-loving, not-actually-funding-research group that slaps pink ribbons on toilet seats, somehow pressures NFL wide receivers to wear pink cleats in games in October, and makes me have to hyphenate a lot of words, then I present to you two fantastic women-centered organizations that you can throw some money at:
1. Breast Cancer Action – a group that asks that you to “Think Before You Pink” and wonder why the toxins in our environment and food are linked to the increase in the rate of breast cancer,
and of course, my rock stars at
2. Planned Parenthood, which provides breast cancer screenings to hundreds of thousands of women each year. Tip on Planned Parenthood – to maximize your impact, pick the most obscure state/region – Wyoming, Mississippi, South Dakota, etc. – and donate directly to the affiliate.
Found on the homepage of the Komen.org website Wednesday night. A minute after we took the screenshot, it was gone. Somebody’s working late!
You’ve touched me in a way few others ever have.
@RevZafod: I do what I can. Hope it was as good for you as it was for me.
I at least want dinner and a movie first.
@¡Andrew!: You men are so fucking needy. How about we spoon afterwards?
Somebody hacked a house ad on the Komen website:
“Help us run over poor women on the way to the bank.”
I have a screenshot, grabbed a minute before they changed it.
@nojo: If that’s not the Groundhog Day 7 am ET post, feel free to exercise your editorial power and add it to this Lady-Bits post…
Glad my parents took me out of VA when I was 5 days old.
@SanFranLefty: You got it. Morning Blather’s already in the can.
/dancing the Charleston or jitter-bug off stage-left with you
And The Hits Keep Coming! Komen cuts embryonic stem-cell research. So, this whole thing isn’t about Congressional investigations?
On November 30, 2011, Komen quietly added a new statement to its web site stating that it does not support embryonic stem cell research but supports the kinds that do not involve the destruction of human life.
“Komen supports research on the isolation, derivation, production, and testing of stem cells that are capable of producing all or almost all of the cell types of the developing body and may result in improved understanding of or treatments for breast cancer, but are derived without creating a human embryo or destroying a human embryo,” Komen says. “A priority in our research funding is to quickly find and deliver effective treatments, especially for the most lethal forms of breast cancer, while seeking effective preventive strategies, enhanced screening methodologies, and solutions to disparities in breast cancer outcomes for diverse women.”
charities have become big business. and since there are no legitimate businesses anymore, there are no legitimate charities other than each of us helping one another directly. after komen cuts out their legal scam of 90% of donations for themselves, they spread the remainder around like lieges to the peasants. the only way to stop this shit is for komens dependents to become independent by refusing komens donations. turn this shit upside down. no one person or one group is so important that others cannot exist without them. planned parenthood will survive and others can too. i say fuck komen if they chose to behave this way. if the big bad NFL would cut them off, they wouldn’t feel so self-important. one whole month of watching football with those ridiculous looking pink shoes, wristbands, hats and so forth is very offensive to the eyes. it makes me and others too i would assume not want to give komen any money even though their cause is so admirable. this is just another example of how greedy, power hungry american assholes usually find a way to fuck up even the most worthy of causes when too much money becomes involved.
And then there’s this: Top Susan G. Komen Official Resigned Over Planned Parenthood Cave-In.
I am taking to my bed. Did The Walking Dead come off hiatus?
@JNOV is like, Peace?:
Fuck Komen. I bought those pink ribbons (two of my aunts had breast cancer) and frequently supported them including running for the “cure”. I think I would rather donate to other breast cancer charities than to those weaklings.
I’m kind of curious if the Anti-abortionist is also anti-evolution (and I’m pretty sure she is) because she would be just a mega hypocrite considering that much of the science developed for cancer treatment is based on evilushun and without it many more people would die if the mouth breathers had their way with science education.
@JNOV is like, Peace?: It continues this Sunday. My son became a TWD addict, then bit us in the neck with it.
Also, Komen can suck it.
@matador1015: Sunday after next. What programmer would compete with the Super Bowl?
I get it, breast cancer is bad. But I am really tired of pink ribbons everywhere. I’m tired of the schmaltzy inspirational commercials. I’m tired of “awareness.” By this point in American history nearly everybody’s familiar with this type of cancer. I’m tired of portions of profits from fucking yogurt tops going to charitable organizations rather than outright donations without preconditions. I’m tired of a singular media/corporate/charity focus on one particular type of cancer. How about brains? Livers? Pancreases? Ovaries? Prostates? And I am especially tired of Komen, and have been even before the Planned Parenthood debacle.
Also: Fuck Karen Handel, now with Komen and who is responsible for a lot of this, who tried to run for governor in my home state and pandered to the fucktards by wanting to outlaw gay adoptions if she was elected to office during one of the most anti-gay GOP primary seasons in Georgia history, and is also Talibunny’s BFF.
I’m tired of a singular media/corporate/charity focus on one particular type of cancer. How about brains? Livers? Pancreases? Ovaries? Prostates?
Don’t forget lung, one of the most common and deadly cancers, but no one runs to cure it because those smokers “deserve” it.
Bloomberg gives PP a quarter million bucks for breast cancer screening
@rptrcub: That’s always been my issue with Komen. “Awareness”? We’re aware of it…how about focusing on researching causes and cures and providing treatment like other groups do?
@Mistress Cynica: And nevermind that a lot of non-smokers get lung cancer and if the GOP had its way and got rid of clean air standards, there’d be even more non-smokers.
@SanFranLefty: they’ve already taken in more with his pledge included than they lost from komen. amazing how that free market works.
@SanFranLefty: Amen. In my academic job, I see the men and women researching for cures and treatments that will kill the cancer without killing the patient. Very cool stuff going on — like one professor who’s looking at how extracts from sweet potato greens can kill prostate cancer cells. Another who’s looking at the genetic trickery cancer uses to multiply. And many more. I’d personally find a university or research center and give to directly its research foundation, rather than Komen.
About Screening and Access to Such
Once upon I time I had health insurance, damned good health insurance, and when I was about to turn 40, my dr sent me for a mammo. No issues. Next year, another mammo. No issues. And then I lost my job and my health insurance. No mammos for two years.
Then I started going to the VA (I didn’t know I was able to). In 2010–shitty mammo results, they took more films, and I was cleared. In 2011, really shitty mammo results, they took more films, and the results were not scary enough to biopsy, but they were scary enough to have me on a six-month follow-up schedule for the next two years.
Okay, as much as that sucks, suppose we find that I do have breast cancer–if it were not for the VA, where would I go? How would I know? When it metastasized to my lymph nodes? To my bones? To my lungs?
About Access to Issues Related to Women’s Health
PP taught me about breast self exam (my masses are not palpable), condoms and their proper use, contraceptive foams and jellies, diaphragms and how they shoot across the room like gooey flying saucers, and anatomy and social diseases when I was still a virgin. I had my first pelvic exam when I was there. And when I was dating Candida Spreading Asshole, they treated that. A lot.
When my mother found my birth control pills (I was still a virgin but heading to non-virgin status), she threw them out and beat the shit out of me. PP gave me more.
So, you know, when you’re young or poor or uniformed or in bumfuck, PP is sometimes the only way you can get good info.
Mammos are great. Mammos plus self-exam are better. Early detection is best, even if it gives you the howling fantods for awhile. Learning all this when you’re a young woman is priceless, because pre-menopausal breast cancer is the scariest of all. It’s aggressive. I mean really aggressive. Sometimes learning all this stuff in your 40s is too late.
@rptrcub: They need to properly fund the CDfuckingC.
@JNOV is like, Peace?: Preach it, sister!
You mean the VA, the evil guv-ment funded socialized medicine? :)
You ask where you would have gone if not for the VA – you could have gone to Planned Parenthood. They will subsidize or pay for women’s mammograms at outside specialists, and I’ve been told that some of the more well-funded affiliates have the ability to perform mammos on site. How fucking cool is that?
@SanFranLefty: A friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 30s posted this on fb as part of a long explanation of why she would no longer be supporting Komen:
Regardless of political affiliation or abortion stance no woman who has faced this disease would agree to withholding health care in the name of politics. We want to protect our sisters – to make our sisterhood one of survivors, not one of memorials.
This issue is not political. It is moral. It is about saving the lives of women who can’t afford to do it for themselves. It is about keeping families whole, minimizing pain and helping those who are in need. IT IS NOT ABOUT ABORTION.
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