Well, I’d wager you’d probably have to be in some sort of total news blackout to have escaped the media storm kicked up in the last day or so over Susan G. Komen’s decision to withdraw funding for mammograms from Planned Parenthood. We all know it’s because PP has the nerve to spend 3% of its budget providing abortions, while it spend the rest of its funds on trivial stuff like cancer screenings, along with a full range of health services to poor and underinsured women. As far as Komen is concerned, PP might as well have a big, scarlet “A” on its forehead.
There’s not much I could say right now that hasn’t been said already by legions of journalists, bloggers, Facebookers and Tweeters. I thought about putting together a post filled with links to the post-announcement fallout trajectory, in chronological order, with a few snarky comments thereon. Phrases like ‘Nancy Brinker: holier-than-thou,’ ‘Harlots for Hooters,’ and ‘Coathangers for the Cure’ have drifted through my twisted brain. But I decided to draw and play with Photoshop instead.
I must admit, I feel a kind of devilish glee at having so much raw material to work with — sort of the way Stephen Colbert must feel about the Republican Presidental primaries. A little visual snark is just so much fun.
I do apologize to all the nuns out there for this first picture. Most of the nuns I know personally are a lot hipper than Nancy, and dress better, too.
As a crusty, middle-aged feminista, who was around when we were first trying to get abortions out of the back-alley-and-coathanger-death days, I’ve been thinking that perhaps Komen should forget the pink ribbons, and start handing out pink coathangers instead.
With that in mind, this next picture — especially if you’re a Harry Potter fan — signifies Komen’s new promotional image:
Then again, maybe Komen should just admit it knows nothing whatsoever about public relations. At the rate it’s bleeding disillusioned donors, advisors, and public good will, it seems to be choking on its own high-handed sanctimony. At any rate, this is my advice:
Well, I enjoyed myself. Hope you did, too. Snark on, Grumblers!