Public Writing

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If You Really Want to Help Cancer Research, Don’t Give Money to the NFL

nfl-charity-body-image-1454019889by Gayle Sulik, Broadly, on VICE, January 29, 2016.

Despite the National Football League’s contributions to the American Cancer Society through its official “Crucial Catch” campaign, the league is not really a breast cancer philanthropist. Sure, players wear pink cleats, halftime shows feature pink ribbons and breast cancer survivors, and clubs host events or reach out to select breast cancer charities, but data analysis shows that the NFL is first and foremost a major corporate entity that acts in the interests of themselves, their stakeholders, and employees.

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How Should We Address Breast Cancer When Norms Continually Change?

by Gayle Sulik, The Guardian, October 20, 2015.

The norms surrounding treatment and diagnosis have been slow to change, and new research can upend decades of conventional wisdom. When it comes to breast cancer, it can be hard to know what to think. Do I get screened or not, starting at what age, and for how long? If I have breast cancer, how aggressively should I treat it? What if I do nothing? I can’t answer those questions definitively, and neither should anyone other than a well-informed member of a person’s healthcare team. But I can help put these decisions in perspective and explain why breast cancer is such a moving target.

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Period, End of Discussion? Not So Fast. Breast Surgeon Sidesteps Screening Debate.

by Gayle Sulik, Psychology Today, September 23, 2015.

An interview on NPR’s Fresh Air between Terry Gross and Dr. Elisa Port, chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, touched upon breast cancer screening, cancer spread, surgical removal of a healthy breast, genetic testing, and general changes in treatment over the years. Unfortunately, it missed the boat on the most hot-button issue of all. Evidence.

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OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book: Ten Years of Academic Insights for the Thinking World

whitehouse“The Teal Before the Pink” by Gayle Sulik, Oxford University Press, pp. 41-46.

The OUPblog Tenth Anniversary Book: Ten Years of Academic Insights for the Thinking World celebrates the incisive works that made the OUPblog an unrivaled source for sophisticated learning, understanding, and reflection. Thirty-four (of over 8,000) blog articles have been hand-picked by Oxford University Press editors and regular OUPblog contributors to represent the Press’s commitment to excellence in research, scholarship, and education.

The e-book, an excellent reader for college classes, is available in PDF.

Here is a quick link to an updated version of “The Teal Before the Pink” published in Psychology Today, September 2, 2014.

zombie SlideVisualizing Social Change: The Power of Graphic Arts

by Gayle Sulik, Feminist Reflections on The Society Pages, July 16, 2015.

Graphic arts have become increasingly popular media for education and communication as well as social commentary. A 40-page graphic novella from the Centers for Disease Control tells the story of a young couple and their dog during an escalating zombie apocalypse. A comic strip by a young writer and cancer patient provokes critical inquiry about medical technology and biomedical surveillance. In a culture bombarded by images, we are increasingly conditioned to learn through visual entertainment. Graphic arts take the form of this “entertainment” to encourage readers to develop critical thinking and cultural literacy, and to engage in individual and social change.

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