Post # 47
I agree with you. My college campus has this issue b/c they like to make shirts that say “I like touching boobs” or “save the boob” and other supposed breast cancer awareness shirts. I support and give money to Komen cure, have done 5k walk/run, but I find those shirts and facebook status updates a bit unsavory. Do people know that men can get breast cancer?
Post # 48
Those bracelets were recently a problem at the high school where I student teach at. Honestly, I had no been paying attention and had not noticed anyone wearing them but once we called a staff meeting to talk about them, I noticed them everywhere. The bracelets and anything like them are banned at our school and students are encouraged to wear other items to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month (such as the pink ribbon pin/shirt).
As far as the FB status thing, I didn’t get it and no one would explain why without wanting to send an email. Now that I know, I still don’t get it….maybe because purses belong to females and breast cancer is more common in females then men? However, that doesn’t make it right. Breast cancer runs in my family. My grandmother had it (survivor!) and her mother had it (so far, my mother or I have/had signs of it). I’ve done the Susan G. Komen race whenever I could and etc. I’m offended.
Post # 49
I want to say first, that I feel for anyone suffering, battling, or beating any kind of cancer. That said….
Ugh. Does anyone else think that the ‘need to raise awareness’ is sort of ridiculous at this point for breast cancer? Really, how much more awarness do we need? Everything goes baby-pink and is ribbon-adorned for the entire month of October. You can’t buy a pink laptop without it being connected to breast cancer, even though the other colors all stand for a various disease and none of them are connected to ‘awareness’ or donations. Awareness is not what’s needed. MONEY is what’s needed.
My cousin recently beat ovarian cancer. SO’s mom is battling lung cancer. My uncle died in December from cancer in his lungs and liver. My aunt had breast cancer. My grandmother died of lung cancer. My aunt died of ovarian cancer. I am all about awarness and raising money and research for fighting cancer. But to me it seems like breast cancer is the only disease that apparently matters to the consumer-goods industry and why? Because it’s sexy. They can make breast cancer sexy and family-oriented in a way that you can’t with lung cancer or AIDs or malaria because it’s focused on the breasts. The facebook things don’t bother me very much because it’s pretty harmless. But I am regularly enraged at the ‘buy pink’ products in every store. SO works at a coffee shop where 10% of all procedes of their October coffee blend goes to Susan G. Koman….up to $100,000. They sell WAY more than that but few people read the fine print so they think their purchase is going towards a cause and really, it’s just making money for the company.
If I’m going to donate my money, I’ll do it directly. The truth is, it’s popular to be a supporter of breast cancer research. Just like those middle schoolers like the pink bracelets because they say ‘boobies.’ But really, we don’t need a ‘breast cancer cure.’ We need an ‘all kinds of cancer cure’ because once we figure out how to cure one, we can cure them all. I think we need to raise awareness that Ovarian, Pancreatic, and Prostate cancers are the most dangerous while Skin Cancer and Uteran Cancer are the most common and that ALL cancer is bad and we should be fighting them all. Not just the pretty pink ones. And poor men! 1 in 3 men suffers prostate health problems in his life. No one ever talks about Prostate Cancer! I wish all of the cancer researchers would just get together and put all of our money from all of the different groups together and then WORK TOGETHER to find a cure for everything.
Sorry for the rant.
Post # 50
so i didnt notice it on my fb when the OP originally posted this, but in the last 24 hours, my blackberry fb wall and whenever i log on to fb… is covered in these statutes.
i don’t think it promotes awareness and if anything, it’s rude to insinuate using something that sounds vulgar to promote such a great cause.
why couldn’t someone have actually started a “status” that talks about events and the actual cause… rather than an innuendo that leads to nothing but ???’s by people.
i am NOT a fan.
Post # 51
I’m going to jump on the opposite site of the bandwagon (sort of) from most of the posters here.
My grandmother died of breast cancer when I was 14 after a 4 year struggle. My HS best friend’s mother is a survivor and my mentor is as well (very recently). So I also feel connected to the issue.
I think that the bra game made a ton of sense regarding awareness because, as much as it seems ridiculous, a good/bad/indifferent “touch” in the PR world is still a “touch”. As in, even though this board is really pissed off as a general matter about the facebook statuses – we’ve still spent two days talking about breast cancer awareness and what should/shouldn’t be done. Which is good.
The bra game was also really about bringing “boobs” out of the darkness and allowing people to TALK about them and breast cancer with no stigma. This may not make as much sense now, because breast cancer awareness has risen SO much in the last decade, but look at ovarian cancer and see where breast cancer was ten years ago and I hope that changes as well. But you have to get the buzz going.
Anyway, sorry for the disjointed thoughts. In the end I, begrudgingly, agree that the current (I like it) game is NOT geared toward doing any of these things. There is not even a sliver of connection to breasts or breast cancer and so I won’t be participating in this one.
However, me and my size Dear Daughter chest love the “Save the Boobies” shirts.
Post # 52
Good idea… raising awareness for breast cancer.
Bad execution… in this instance, it’s pretty lame, and has absolutely nothing to do with it.
Post # 53
My status message is now an anti-“I like it” thing…it says “Hooray for boobies!” I think it gets the point across better…the whole point is to raise awareness, not to make some obscure statement.
Post # 54
hmm…nothing to do with breast cancer, but here’s a ton of posts mentioning breast cancer over and over again. It may not be your favorite way to broadcast it but it works for some and it has people talking…I say success 🙂
Post # 55
Another thought: unless you wear those fake chicken-cutlet bra inserts that could be taken out and hidden away in your purse, I really don’t see the connection between purses and breast cancer.
Post # 56
I 100% agree with you. A beloved aunt passed away from pancreatic cancer almost two years ago and it rocked our family so hard. We were distraught and recently, about 8 family members did a weeklong PCAN eerie canal bike ride for support. My fiance brought up the other day when we were at Kroger (they were asking for breast cancer donations) that there isn’t much focus on prostate cancer but there is on breast. Cancer is so prevalent, I think that there are some cancers that are more popular than others (breast obviously) but who really supports lung cancer? (A lot of people unfortunately blame people who get lung cancer.)
Post # 57
It really irritated me! I have my boss’s, co-workers, and family as friends on my Facebook page. I could never put that as my status and let it give that kind of impression of me, even if it is supposed to be regarding Breast Cancer. I’ve seen ones that said “I like it in my car”, or “I like it on the kitchen table”. It’s just distasteful, and really doesn’t do anything good for breast cancer. How is appealing to sexually charged men supposed to help?
Post # 58
I totally agree with you about “do we need to raise awareness” when it comes to stunts like this. But I do think that people are so busy that it would be good to remind people to get screened. For example, my insurance company sends me a reminder once a year to visit my gyno. I think it’s easy to forget or put it off, so having a day or a month to let remind people to go get checked is good. But to be “aware” of the problem? Let’s focus on raising awareness about things that people don’t know about. For example, that women can also have bleeding disorders like hemophilia. I have it and it’s so annoying to call out of work for a treatment, and my boss says to me “I thought only men get that?”
Post # 59
I agree. A ‘screening day’ sounds look a really good plan. There’s actually a ‘breast cancer buddy day’ through one of the local news stations here that reminds you every month on the 11th to do your self-exam. It’s a good effort but I think it might be more effective if it were a monthly reminder to ‘go get your annual physical and screening!’
Post # 60
Obviously it was just a silly game started by someone. It’s not raising “awareness” or generating donations, but it’s making people talk about it which is probably what whoever started the post wanted.
My mom is also a breast cancer survivor, but c’mon, no need to get upset about it. Just ignore it!
Post # 61
Sadly I think the message is also getting slightly lost in this particular case. I’ve seen statuses saying things like “I like it hanging from the ceiling”. Well obviously they aren’t talking about their handbag and they’re taking the sexual implications over the actual message of breast cancer. I agree with PP’s that at least the bra colour game got people talking about BREASTS and not just sex.