(Closed) Breast Cancer Awareness (mini-rant)

posted 9 years ago in Emotional
Post # 17
2977 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m going to have to agree with Caitmarae and all the other like minded bees. Sharing the color of your bra, etc on FB is NOT going to cure breast cancer. People are plenty aware of it already. Awareness and actually doing something to help cure the cancer are 2 completely seperate things. I’m aware that my grass needs cut. I need to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I’m aware that I’m overweight. I need to DO something about it. I’m aware of breast cancer. I DO something about it, and that something isn’t posting silly FB posts. I delete them immediately too. It’s not something that you should feel offended or badly about, it just seems to me that it’s almost downplaying the opportunity to raise money to help cure cancer.

Post # 18
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Facebook is a bad place for just about everything.


Post # 19
2401 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s spam. Even it’s intended to have a message, it’s still spam. And I have blocked messages from people who do send me that stuff over and over again. 

Post # 20
4883 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I realize they mean well, I absolutely hate this kind of ‘outreach’.  Not long ago it was “change your picture to your favorite cartoon character to bring awareness to child abuse!”  Instead of changing my picture, I posted the link to our local children’s services and shared that I’d just donated, and everyone else should too. 

Awareness is great, but to be honest it’s pointless unless that awareness is turned into action.  It doesn’t even have to be financial action, but it does need to be worthwhile.  Facebook is a great venue for reaching large groups of people, but it’s only useful if used in the right way.  This just ain’t it.

Post # 22
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@misslene:  I’m so, so sorry to hear about your diagnosis.   It’s not fair.  🙁  I wish you all the strength you need to beat this. 

Post # 23
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree with the other bees – I know you want to help, but this type of activity is known as “slacktivism” for a reason.  It doesn’t really help anything.

Just wanted to add, though, that it is great that you are concerned about stuff like that, and that the posting of info about that girl thought to be in your town is a very good way to use facebook to actually help.

Post # 24
9815 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

It’s not that people don’t care, it’s just that people realize this kind of “Awareness” does precisely jack shit for the actual cause.


Post # 25
2247 posts
Buzzing bee

I, personally, believe that the posts are absolutely ridiculous and do NOTHING to spread breast cancer awareness.  Yes, I’ve had plenty of relatives who’ve had it, and it makes me angry that medical science still has not evolved to find a cure.  But posting “cute” statuses just to get people to say, “What do you mean you’re doing to France?”  Is not going to help advance breast cancer studies or encourage women to do self exams/get mammograms.  It’s better off to say, “Ladies, don’t forget to schedule your mammograms this year!” or post a link to the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure website so that you can try to get people to donate/walk whenever the walk takes place in your city. 

Like I said, all you’re doing is posting something questionable so that people will be like, “What are you talking about?”  Telling them to post a color, month, fruit, etc. is not educating them on the disease, nor is it encouraging them to make positive contributions to cancer studies.   

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@hisgoosiegirl:  THIS! 

Men can get breast cancer, too.  Even if it isn’t as common, they should definitely know the FACTS because they’re likely to have a mother, wife, sister, cousin, etc. be affected at some point.  If you’re going to spread awareness, please do because that is AWESOME!  But, do it in a mature and informative way so that everyone knows the severity and seriousness of this cancer and knows what steps to take to look out for it.

Post # 26
1773 posts
Buzzing bee

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@misslene:  I just want to say I’m so so sorry that you’ve been stricken with this. My mom went through it lasty year. Something that really helped her are cancer support groups. For those of us who haven’t had anything like this, we do our best but can’t understand it entirely. I hope you make a full recovery.


I hate the status games. They’re dumb.

Post # 26
1369 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My Mother-In-Law is a breast cancer survivor and frankly, I get offended when people put things up on facebook about where they are putting their purse or the color of their bra. It’s secluding men and they also suffer from breast cancer. My husband is positive for the breast cancer gene. Any sort of cancer awareness should not be gender specific.

I mean seriously?!?! If you want to raise awareness for breast cancer – get out and do something. Participate in Race for the Cure, donate to locks of love, volunteer at a hospital…getting out and getting involved raises a lot more awareness than seeing a random facebook status that says “I like it on the floor.”

Anyways, I would be one of your facebook friends sending out a request to stop spamming my inbox or facebook wall. I am also the person who puts up a protest post to the silliness. Thank goodness I didn’t see anything of that sort this year.

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