There are many take-aways from the recent Komen fiasco. Not that there has ever, in anything vaguely resembling recent history (say the last 5000 years or so) been a time when women’s health and rights have not been under siege, but the level of attacks the last few years has been horrifying and women have been working full tilt to combat them. While there have been a lot of successes, there have been dreadful losses too, perhaps the worst of which is that we haven’t been able to stem the tide of these attacks. But the one thing that we most certainly have done is found amazing ways to work together on these issues and very effective ways to respond quickly and loudly.
What I see in the way that we reacted to the Komen debacle is perhaps the perfection of our coming together to say,
NO MORE! We have had enough!
For me, the Komen story has been deja vu. Many of the issues that have been highlighted by the many wonderful people who have documented this story are things I have written about before and I am so glad they have finally been aired in a way that has reached critical mass.
Without hesitation, I can say that of all the many topics I have ever written about, the Komen story is one of my least favorites. But yet I have felt compelled to write about it again last week and I am gratified by the attention the two pieces that I wrote on this blog received. Today The Washington Post ran a piece that linked to my work and last week, the Institute for Public Accuracy included a link to one of them in a press release, the result of which was requests for numerous interviews with radio stations and print media from all corners of the country. Here are links to two of them:
Let’s take what we’ve learned from the Komen incident about raising our voices together and keep this rolling because enough is enough, women’s rights are human rights and our lives and our health can no longer be used as political footballs!