Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear. Too bad the foundation bearing her name did. Support @PPact. Save lives.
That’s what writer Judy Blume said on Twitter yesterday about the Susan G. Komen Foundation withdrawing financial support for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood and its affiliates. Blume also said this:
Blume is telling it like it is, something that her readers are more than familiar with. Books such as Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret offered a straightforward account of being an adolescent girl in a changing, maturing body. The teenager characters in Blume’s books are neither princesses or Pollyannas but young people wondering about their sexuality and dealing with complicated, messy feelings, from desire to disgust to crushing sorrow. Forever contained sexually explicit scenes between two teenagers; Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing showed that, yes, kids often don’t like their siblings; Blubber, that kids can be very, very mean.
For being unflinchingly honest and writing books about the things kids actually talk about and experience, Blume has drawn plenty of admirers and a bucketload of critics. Her books have been widely banned, censored, labeled indecent, ridiculed, dismissed.
So when Blume says, as she did on Twitter, that “Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear,” the Komen Foundation should take heed and stop kowtowing to anti-choice groups — to anti-choice bullying.
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Photo of Blume and a young fan by Carl Lender