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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Two disturbing ironies bring the essay to a close. And if some are comforted by teddy bears, why not? Sure, happiness is something that people should seek, but when you are going through the cancerrland pains physical, mental, emotional, is it humane to make someone think that they are happy? May 9, at 7: However, when you really think about it, what did they do that separates them from the survivors.

Yet she warns the cancer with fierce determination: Breast cancer survivors look for other survivors to identify with, and use the cancer as a source of pride.

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Ironies notwithstanding, few women would be willing to forego mammography or adjuvant chemotherapy. I am back again to link the link. October 21, at This dedication to her research makes me sense that she is tempted to czncerland in the campaigns.


In her article, Barbara Ehrenreich discusses her personal experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer and the journey it put her on, both emotionally and spiritually. 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.

However as cancerlajd treatment continues, that weldome of strength begins to disappear as little by little pieces of her began to blur. Faster at G mail Follow IBlame.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: It was so longwinded. Throughout the article, she explains how mainstream breast cancer has become useless. In this mindset everyone wins. Although at some points throughout the reading I was initially irked by the negativity, it was a refreshingly realistic approach.

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I absolutely loved this essay. In the end, what really separates a survivor from a victim? Email required Address never made public. I found so much of the research to cloud my initial perception of how the author was feeling. What works for her own peace ehrenteich mind has little to do with the trappings of pink-ribbon sentimentalism in the survivors groups.


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She uses explicit imagery to convey her experience and attempts to make the readers feel as if they were in her shoes. It was certainty cancerlan she would not fall prey to a false sense of security and would not be reassured by a plush toy. Although she is unlikely to agree, something good came from her cancer.

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As my cancer career unfolds, I will… become a composite of the living and the dead-an implant to replace the breast, a wig to replace the hair. Barbara also points out how one should be careful in her celebrations, because a cancer can always return somewhere else or in a different form, causing the same if not more damage.

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