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Odysseus
02-07-2011, 10:36 AM
"A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon"
Napoleon Bonaparte, 15 July 1815.

But it takes a liberal to really abuse the concept. Below is a list of the various "awareness" ribbons and their meanings. Unlike a ribbon for, say, a Bronze Star Medal, which demonstrates that you have actually done something of value, these ribbons simply show that you care. Also, the fact that each ribbon has multiple meanings creates the opportunity for unintentional offense or hilarity (the brown ribbon, for example, can either be an anti-tobacco statement or a bowel cancer awareness reminder, but does not symbolize dysentary or diahrea awareness, which it should). The sheer variety of colors and causes beggars parody. I defy anyone to get to the bottom of the list with a straight face, but for those who do, I've added a few suggestions at the bottom.


Pink Ribbon :
Meaning: Most commonly associated with breast cancer awareness, this ribbon is also a symbol for birth parents, and childhood cancer awareness (alternative color: light blue)

Yellow Ribbon :
Meaning: We've all seen this symbol used to support our troops, but it is also a symbol for MIA/POW, suicide prevention, adoptive parents, amber alerts, bladder cancer, spina bifida, endometriosis, and a general symbol for hope. A yellow ribbon with a heart is used to represent the survivors left behind after a suicide.

Pale Yellow Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of spina bifida

Red Ribbon :
Meaning: Most commonly associated with the fight against AIDS and HIV, this ribbon also is a symbol for heart disease, stroke, substance abuse, MADD, DARE, Epidermolysis Bullosa, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Burgundy Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of brain aneurysm, Cesarean section (worn upside down), headaches, hemangioma, vascular malformation, hospice care, multiple myeloma, William's syndrome, Thrombophilia, Antiphospholid Antibody Syndrome, and adults with disabilities

Purple Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of pancreatic cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, domestic violence, ADD, alzheimer's, religious tolerance, animal abuse, the victims of 9/11 including the police and firefighters, Crohn's disease and colitis, cystic fibrosis, lupus, leimyosarcoma, and fibromyalgia

Lavender Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for general cancer awareness. It can also be a symbol for epilepsy, and rett syndrome

Periwinkle Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of eating disorders and pulmonary hypertension

Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of drunk driving, child abuse, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), the victims of hurricane Katrina, dystonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), alopecia, Education, Epstein-Barr Virus, Save the Music, colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: brown), and anti-tobacco - particularly anti-second hand smoke (in Canada; alternative ribbon color: brown), I Love Clean Air/ILCA Campaign (Japan)

Dark Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of arthritis, child abuse prevention, victim's rights, free speech, water quality, and water safety

Light Blue Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood cancer (alternative color: pink), prostate cancer, Trisomy 18, and scleroderma

Teal Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for ovarian, cervical, and uterine cancers as well as sexual assault, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and tsunami victims

Green Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of childhood depression, missing children, open records for adoptees, environmental concerns, kidney cancer, tissue/organ donation, homeopathy, and worker and driving safety

Orange Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of leukemia, hunger, cultural diversity, humane treatment of animals, and self-injury awareness

White Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of innocence, victims of terrorism, violence against women, peace, right to life, bone cancer, adoptees, and retinal blastoma

Pearl Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for emphysema, lung cancer, mesothelioma, and multiple sclerosis

Black Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of mourning, melanoma, and gang prevention

Brown Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is an anti-tobacco symbol as well as a symbol of colon cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue), colorectal cancer (alternative ribbon color: blue)

Grey Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol of diabetes, asthma, and brain cancer

Silver Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for children with disabilities, Parkinson's disease, and mental illnesses such as severe depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders.

Gold Ribbon :
Meaning: This color is a symbol for childhood cancer

Jigsaw Puzzle Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for autism

Lace Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for osteoporosis

Pink and Blue Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death due to SIDS or other causes

Flag Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol for both the victims and heros of the 9/11 attacks. It is also a symbol of patriotism and support of our troops. In addition, it is a symbol of fireworks safety.

Rainbow Ribbon:
Meaning: This style of ribbon is a symbol of gay pride and support for the GLBT community and their quest for equal rights.
I propose the following additions:


Plaid Ribbon: Catholic Schoolgirl Awareness/Bad furniture upholstery awareness/Kilt accident awareness
Half-Plaid, Half-Polka Dot Ribbon: Used Car Salesman Fashion Awareness
Black Leather Ribbon: Fetish Awareness.
No Ribbon: Zen awareness. Also, not being a superficial tool who substitutes wearing a ribbon for actual thought awareness.
Wearing all of the above Ribbons Simultaneously: You will be aware of all things at all times and achieve total omniscience. Also, ultimate object of ridicule, which is not so much a form of awareness, but the absence of it any any way, shape or form. :D

noonwitch
02-07-2011, 11:29 AM
There was a lot of pressure put on participants in movie and television awards shows to wear the red AIDS ribbon. A few refused, but not many. If I paid as much for a dress as most of them do for those shows, I would not want to pin a ribbon on it.

Now that every cause has it's own ribbon, that pressure has sort of vanished.

NJCardFan
02-07-2011, 12:29 PM
Do they make a "I could give a fuck" ribbon?

ralph wiggum
02-07-2011, 12:46 PM
If I paid as much for a dress as most of them do for those shows, I would not want to pin a ribbon on it.

I highly doubt that most of those stars are paying for the dresses. Don't the designers for the most part provide them free for the actresses just so they get mentioned on those gawd-awful red-carpet shows?

noonwitch
02-07-2011, 01:03 PM
Do they make a "I could give a fuck" ribbon?



I don't know, but if they do, it should be puce, which is "booger green".

Odysseus
02-07-2011, 01:14 PM
There was a lot of pressure put on participants in movie and television awards shows to wear the red AIDS ribbon. A few refused, but not many. If I paid as much for a dress as most of them do for those shows, I would not want to pin a ribbon on it.

Now that every cause has it's own ribbon, that pressure has sort of vanished.
Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer was almost killed by a mob because he didn't have a ribbon?

Do they make a "I could give a fuck" ribbon?

You could take any ribbon and just superimpose a cut-out of the international banned sign, the red circle with the slash. Or you could just not wear any.

Rockntractor
02-07-2011, 02:15 PM
There was a lot of pressure put on participants in movie and television awards shows to wear the red AIDS ribbon. A few refused, but not many. If I paid as much for a dress as most of them do for those shows, I would not want to pin a ribbon on it.

Now that every cause has it's own ribbon, that pressure has sort of vanished.

Their should be a universal compact ribbon pin that covers every group.

Odysseus
02-07-2011, 02:37 PM
Their should be a universal compact ribbon pin that covers every group.

We could just do a red and white striped one, but that would probably become Christmas Candy Cane awareness.

Madisonian
02-07-2011, 05:58 PM
We could just do a red and white striped one, but that would probably become Christmas Candy Cane awareness.
Nope, red and white means you did a Candy Striper while she was in her uniform.:D

Odysseus
02-07-2011, 06:45 PM
Nope, red and white means you did a Candy Striper while she was in her uniform.:D

It can have more than one meaning. Candy Striper Sexuality Awareness is a perfectly valid meaning to add to Christmas Candy Cane Awareness. It can also mean TGI Friday's Awareness. In fact, any sexual act involving a candy striper in a booth at TGI Friday's which involves the use of an oversized candy cane would qualify for the ribbon and an oak leaf cluster. :D

CueSi
02-07-2011, 07:12 PM
It can have more than one meaning. Candy Striper Sexuality Awareness is a perfectly valid meaning to add to Christmas Candy Cane Awareness. It can also mean TGI Friday's Awareness. In fact, any sexual act involving a candy striper in a booth at TGI Friday's which involves the use of an oversized candy cane would qualify for the ribbon and an oak leaf cluster. :D

And the V with valor device means you did it with her parents/boyfriend in the next booth, correct?

~QC

Odysseus
02-08-2011, 11:09 AM
And the V with valor device means you did it with her parents/boyfriend in the next booth, correct?

~QC

Or you caught a dose of VD. :D