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Friday, October 02, 2009

Show your colours--now what were they?

This came up as a topic on Ms MA's blog a while back (perhaps she can supply the link). I can hardly help being aware of breast cancer, since my local weekly came out on pink paper yesterday. Reading it has been a bit of a trial for my old eyes, and one wonders how it flies with the colour blind.

Just the other day, NECN made me aware that Ovarian cancer awareness has adopted a teal ribbon.

Where, precisely, will all this end? Granting the merits of the various causes, the ribbon thing has grown hackneyed. So has the colour of the week for the various causes. As the palette grows, it gets progressively harder to tell the causes apart.

My chuckle of the day is recalling the similar explosion, and ultimate implosion, of the gay hanky code. Once a useful bit of shorthand in the bar scene, it grew like weeds as fact morphed into urban legend, and as it was adopted by—ahem—certain elements of the het world. Follow the link to see where it has got to now: good grief! If one wanted to cruise following this, one would have to carry the list and a Pantone colour chart.

It's easy to imagine people hooking up in the local coffeehouse because their cause ribbons match up. Geez.


Blogger malevolent andrea said...

It took me a bit, but I found it:

Everyone, make sure you read down into the comments, wherein Uncle memorably makes the suggestion that the ribbon for prostate cancer should be cream :-) :-)

5:16 pm  
Blogger Uncle said...

Surely I said Ivory ;)

10:37 pm  
Blogger Uncle said...


11:06 pm  

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