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Peggy Orenstein’s recent New York Times Magazine feature on the feel-good war on breast cancer, “The Problem With Pink,” recalls Barbara Ehrenreich’s November 2001 piece for Harper’s, “Welcome to Cancerland,” in which Ehrenreich writes about her own experience with breast cancer and her frustration with the cult of pink kitsch. The piece is available to subscribers here, and to others on Ehrenreich’s website.
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