Post # 1
Hi Bees! I received this message from one of my friends on Facebook tonite, and it reminded me of the fun facebook statuses from last year that made national news! Remember all the statuses about what bra color you were wearing?! I’ve shared it with all my girlfriends via facebook message and if you enjoy spreading awareness, you should too 😉 :
Ok pretty ladies! It’s that time of year again…support of Breast Cancer Awareness!
So last year’s game was writing your bra color as your Facebook status…Last year, so many people took part that it made national news… and the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we’re doing this and helped raise awareness! Do NOT tell any males what the status means…keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste this in a message to all your female friends. The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to GIRLS ONLY and let’s see how far it reaches. The last one about the bra went all over the world. YOUR STATUS SHOULD SAY: “I am going to Mexico for 21 months.” Instructions: The month you were born is the Place you are going, and the day you were born should be how many months you are gone…. January – Mexico; February – London; March – Miami; April -Dominican Republic; May – Paris; June -Rome; July – Hawaii, August – California; September – New York; October -Puerto Rico; November – Las Vegas; December – Australia. Don’t copy this or reply to this, put your answer in a status on your wall. Please do it, don’t be a spoil sport, show your awareness!
Post # 3
@PinkElephants21: How is it about awareness, especially when approx. 50% of the population is purposely excluded?
I have a few problems with this ‘game’ and I know others who feel the same.
Post # 4
@AB Bride: I see where you’re coming from.
I support breast cancer in other ways than just Facebook. I think it is just a unique way to show support, because eventually the secret behind it comes out (like in the news). Breast cancer awareness is huge and expressed in many different ways, this just being one.
Post # 5
@PinkElephants21: This is out of date. I’ve seen this one before, I think last year.
Post # 6
Stuff like this grates me.. Changing my avatar will not make less children get abused. Posting my bra color won’t get women the mammograms they need. Posting a ribbon will not bring troops home/end autism/stop domestic abuse/prevent animal cruelty/whatever.
And realistically, how many people are not aware of breast cancer? I think “Awareness month/week/year/whatever” is totally pointless. People know about breast cancer. People know to get mammograms.
Call me a spoil sport if you want, but stuff like this doesn’t make anyone less at risk, more aware or safer than they were sixteen seconds ago. If there is anyone who has gone, “gee, people can get cancer in their breast area?” from one of these “awareness” games, I’ll eat my husband’s underwear.
Post # 7
@Hyperventilate: That’s one of my issues with it. I wrote a longer post earlier, but WB stopped loading and it was lost.
It also started with the bra colour. When you have women being prevented in participating in an ‘awareness’ game because they actually had the disease it’s really lost it’s point and can be harmful rather than supportive.
Post # 8
@AB Bride: It just rustles my jimmies when people post this sort of stuff and proudly go, “I’m spreading awareness!” or, “I’m helping!”
No. No you’re not.
Post # 9
@Hyperventilate: “Stuff like this grates me.. Changing my avatar will not make less children get abused. Posting my bra color won’t get women the mammograms they need. Posting a ribbon will not bring troops home/end autism/stop domestic abuse/prevent animal cruelty/whatever.”
EXACTLY!!! Stuff like this reminds me of the Likes Don’t Save Lives UNICEF campaign from Sweden.
You know what I always wonder–how many people who “support” breast cancer “awareness” actually do their montly breast exam? That’s free and something every woman should be doing.
Encouraging women to do self-exams (or mammograms if they are older) in October would be much more useful in terms of raising awareness of the fact that we should examine our breasts on a regular basis than posting bra color or some random string of words on Facebook.
It’d also be nice to see free mammograms being offered more widely for the underserved.
Then again, I think this whole ‘breast cancer awareness’ thing is a hoax and boils down to a huge marketing strategy.
Post # 10
@just_deal_with_it: Reminds me of all of the Susan G Komen shit and how foul the whole company turned out to be. They market “Breast Cancer Awareness” but it’s purely for profit, considering a pittance of any money they made actually went towards anything cancer related.
Post # 11
This is from last year. The bra color one was the year before. And the year before that was where you put your purse when you get home (meant to sound like where you like to have sex – ‘I like it in the dining room table’ etc).
Post # 12
Instead of putting up a little status why not post something like to sign up for monthly reminders to do a self exam at http://www.checkyourboobies.org . I signed up and now I get a nice little reminder email every month to do my self exam!