The Politics of Breast Cancer
Do breast cancer organizations promote group support or imply that those "who live "fight" harder than those who've died?"
When Ehrenreich posted on the Komen.org message board under the subject "angry," she received replies that were not supportive of her frustration with breast cancer. For example, "Kitty" replied: "You need to run, not walk, to some counseling....Please, get yourself some help and I ask everyone on this site to pray for you so you can enjoy life to the fullest." Is it healthy for cancer patients to reject feelings of negativity?
In the 1970s and 1980s, medicine was a patriarchy. How has US culture changed in 20 years to allow for women cancer patients to network directly?
Barbera Ehrenreich's essay in Harper's Magazine
was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 2003.