Since it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I gotta ask, has pink gotten a bad rap?
And, do you have a favorite color?
I’m not sure I can actually pick just one color favorite. I have different favorites for different things. I love purples to look at (think irises). Browns and blues can’t be beat for clothing and decorating purposes. Green soothes me I guess since my bedroom walls are green. How can nature’s most prevalent colors not be top picks?
Yes, every color has its place.
And then there’s pink…
Has pink gotten a bad rap, especially during October?
You might assume I’ve given up on pink. But I haven’t. I still like pink and I won’t give up on it, not entirely anyway.
Do I get sick and tired of pink wrapping itself around ‘my disease’?
You’re darn right I do. I get really, REALLY sick of it!
But I confess; I still like pink. Pink is still an honorable color.
I have never been a ‘pink girlie-girlie’ kind of gal. Other than in the hospital nursery full of newborns who all look alike, I don’t like the ‘assignment’ pink has had over the years to represent females. Forget that crap. I just like pink.
I like pink t-shirts (PLAIN pink t-shirts), pink sweaters, pink flowers, pink lemonade (love that), pink sunrises, pink sunsets, pink hearts and my Pink Moon Lovelies friends (you know who you are). Heck, I even have a pink purse!
Who would have thought, right?
And do you want to know something really ironic?
I purchased that pink purse right after my diagnosis without even thinking about the color. I’ve kept using that purse during summer months ever since. I just happen to like that purse.
My mother told me one time that everyone looks good in pink. I think she was right. Pink does flatter most women and men too. Son #2 has a pink shirt or two, plus a pink tie and he looks fabulous in them, though admittedly I’m biased.
Like I’ve said over and over again, the discontent so many feel in October about pink and pink ribbons isn’t really about pink or ribbons at all.
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No, it goes a whole lot deeper than that.
The problem is what the two together have come to represent: a skewed representation of a deadly disease and an overused and misused symbol that has morphed into a marketing tool used more for profiting than anything else.
Yes, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has ruined pink for many. Understandably so.
But I’m not going to allow it to take away my pink.
I intend to hang onto pink; maybe just not so “tightly” in October.
What’s your favorite color?
Has Pinktober spoiled pink for you?
This is the color pink image via The Sarcastic Boob.