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Have you ever gone into a store and seen products that support the fight against breast cancer? The soothing pink hues of the colored merchandise that supports this case never fail to catch the eyes of shoppers. Most of the stuff you can buy to support breast cancer awareness helps raise money for breast cancer research and awareness programs; the companies that make products that support cancer awareness donate portions of the profits they make from selling them. However, not all of these pink products are equal.
"Pinkwashing" is the term used to describe the practices of some companies that suck in the concern of consumers in order to boost their profits. While these companies may make and sell products that claim to support the fight against the breast cancer, they may donate very little or perhaps even none of the profit they make from selling these products to further cancer research.
This is just wrong. The companies that are practicing "Pinkwashing" are taking advantage of consumers who are genuienly concerned about breast cancer. The money that could be going to actually support breast cancer research and awareness programs is instead going into the hands of businesses that use deception to rake in massive profits. There must be something done to stop the companies with no real intent to support the fight against breast cancer from making merchandise that falsely claims to do so.
It is well known fact that a lot of Americans who actually are registered voters don’t go out and vote on election days for various reasons, some which may include being busy on that particular day or being unable to find a polling location. Many efforts have been made to attempt to get more people at the polls this year on
A hairstylist and salon owner named Marc Floyd is using a creative method to encourage people to actually go out and cast their ballots on Election Day: he will offer to cut anyone’s hair for half the price he usually charges if that person presents to him an “I Voted” sticker. Floyd claims he got the idea of increasing the number of voters at the polls by giving an incentive to do so when he noticed that many of his patrons were concerned about the country, but too lazy to actually head over to the polls.
Despite the fact that his incentive will definitely get more people voting, Floyd's deal only applies to male voters. Floyd claims that his customers who are women were more enthusiastic than his male patrons about voting, which is his reason for not offering the same incentive to women.
First of all, I admire this man for attempting to get more people to vote on Election Day. Even if it won’t get a massive number of people to actually go out and cast their ballots, it will set an example other businesses could follow to encourage voters to be less apathetic about voting. However, I think it is wrong of him to not offer the same incentive to women. Although it is true that women are more likely to vote than men, the female customers Floyd knows are not representative of the entire female poplation in the
His idea is still pretty interesting though.
A 17 year old student from New York named Jesse Shipley was buried two months ago, the victim of a tragic car accident. A funeral was held for him shortly after his death, which was rather uneventful when compared to the surprise that lay in wait for his friends and family. Recently, some of Jesse's classmates who were in a science club at the high school he attended were on a field trip at a local morgue. They probably knew they would be seeing some dead bodies and body parts; however, they did not expect to see their deceased friend there.
To be more precise, they saw part of their deceased friend. The students were shocked when they noticed a jar with a brain in it labeled Jesse Shipley. It turns out that medical examiners decided to save Jesse's brain, testes, and liver for further study as to why he died. Although Jesse's organs were returned to his parents and buried alongside of him, Shipley's parents are now suing the city of Staten Island due to the way their son's autopsy was handled.
I am incredibly shocked by this story. First of all, the parents or next of kin of any deceased person should be notified if medical examiners at a morgue decide to keep any part of that person for further research. It is wrong to not inform the living relatives of the person of any changes that might have been made to the body; an autopsy should be complete and not delayed in a way that might cause emotional distress to those close to the deceased. In Jesse's case, neither of his parents were informed about the removal of several of his organs. According to The College of American Pathologists, medical examiners have to be given consent to perform an autopsy on a dead person. As stated on the consent form, medical examiners are allowed to keep organs for further study; however, it is not mandatory for them to disclose any news of organ removals and retentions to the relatives of the deceased if the examiners choose to do so. Sometimes medical examiners may choose to not ask the family for consent, because someone in the family could be a reason for the death (such as in domestic homicide cases).
Although the medical examiners were doing their job by keeping the brain to further their investigation into Jesse's death, was it alright for them to not tell his parents about their retention of it?
I think it is okay for medical examiners to remove organs from a dead body to further an investigation of the cause of the death of that person, given that they receive consent. I just don't think it is alright for medical examiners to not inform the the relatives of a deceased person of any changes made to the body of that person, whether it is done to further an investigation or to contribute to medical research.