WELCOME TO CANCERLAND A mammogram leads to a cult of pink kitsch. By Barbara Ehrenreich. I was thinking of it as one of those drive-by mammograms. Barbara Ehrenreich: Welcome to Cancerland. In this essay Ehrenreich takes a surprising and somewhat controversial take on Breast Cancer. Barbara Ehrenreich is a freelance writer and feminist activist who wrote the award-winning article “Welcome to Cancerland”, to express her own.

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How can you talk to me about a matter that has deeply affected my life in such a nonchalant manner? What a good book! She spends lengthy time telling the reader of online discussion groups and comments other fighters of breast cancer have been through.

Ro Tweets by Welcomme. It finds the mocking tone in the get well soon cards. Having said this, one of the main themes I took from this essay beside the ones that have already been mentioned is the struggle of conformity. It was so longwinded. It is true, many people do make conscious efforts to sugarcoat the entire process, but the fact of the matter is that cancer is cancer is cancer — no matter what color is used to represent it, it is still deadly.


Filed under week 6. Why would she not want support through tough times? Home about this blog blog guidelines blog rubric. Although at some points throughout the reading I was initially irked by the negativity, it was a refreshingly realistic approach.

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Stuffed with facts and background and cold statistics this essay overwhelms the reader. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

A breast cancer cure is not in existence so regardless of which path Barbara chose to take with regard to her surgery, she was painfully aware that the death rate for people who have breast cancer has changed little in the last seventy years.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. There is also still no decisive determination on what causes it. Getting people to just hand over cheques would cancerkand far more effective. But her research and depth that she has reached in this subject persuades me to rethink the breast cancer culture and community.

It is not a feminist primer.

Leave a comment Filed under week 6 Tagged as Barbara Smuts. We all want to believe that we can become invincible.

Whether during bbarbara last few seconds of weldome or while we are still bursting with potential, the moment when life and death converge always will remain confounding to the mortal human being.


It finds the fakeness in the materialistic industry. She points to the teddy ebrenreich, ribbons, and crayons among other items and states that these objects and ideas that come with them are wrong.

The incessant wave of stories online that breast cancer was a positive and enlightening experience in the lives of women felt like the proverbial slap in the face to Ehrenreich. In this mindset everyone wins. February 18, at These same companies, she argues, have also manufactured carcinogenic pesticides that pollute the environment.

This essay was hard for me to wrap my head around.

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Could a pink ribbon refrigerator magnet really help ro change the world? This essay glorifies all parts of the journey that women go through when diagnosed with cancer.

Posts may or may not appear, sporadically. October 22, at 1: This essay is very powerful though. Posted by Kristen C. Nothing more, nothing less.