Bitch Radio: Unravelling the Pink Ribbon

For this week’s podcast, we screened the new documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc., directed by Léa Pool and produced by Ravida Din. Based on Samantha King’s book Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, the film takes you from Walks for the Cure to an stage IV breast cancer support group, and features input from Nancy G. Brinker (CEO and founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation), Barbara Ehrenreich (author of Blindsided), and Barbara Brenner (Breast Cancer Action), as well as tackling pink ribbon campaigns and questioning why we still haven’t found a cure for breast cancer. Julie, Ashley, Rachel and I talked about what we thought of the movie, who should see it, and what could have been improved.

In Portland? You can catch the film next week at the Portland International Film Festival, Wed, Feb 22, at 8:30 PM (Cinema 21); and Sat, Feb 25, at 3:30 PM (Whitsell Auditorium).
The Portland International Film Festival, February 9-25, NW Film Center,

The 35th Annual Portland International Film Festival runs February 9-25 in theaters across Portland. Learn more at

by Kjerstin Johnson
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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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Yay, Barbara Ehrenreich! I really appreciate her insight on this topic; she was the first person to direct my attention toward these issues, although the schwag volume at Seattle's walk for the cures was already very disturbing, the pink irritating, the results unconfirmed.

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