Post # 1
I’ve been getting emails about writing a FB status update by saying where you like to put your handbag (the ‘I like it on the floor/bench’ thing) as a way to raise awareness of breast cancer.
I’ve seen women do it, of course men ask what it’s about and the response is always ‘I can’t tell you’, ‘wouldn’t you like to know’ etc etc.
Does this make sense to you? Do you think that posting these statuses raises awareness? Especially because men can get breast cancer too…it’s like a secret women’s club! What do you think? Does seeing these statuses raise any more awareness to you than say, magazine/Internet articles, studies on the disease, high profile celebrities in the media who have suffered with the disease?
Post # 3
They don’t accomplish anything positive, and some of them have been quite hurtful.
My guess would be that at least 99% of people on facebook already know breast cancer exists.
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: It makes zero sense. “We’re going to raise breast cancer awareness by making secret statuses and not saying why!” What? Who comes up with this stuff? And the “secret women’s club” thing is spot on. Men need to know about it too! People are dumb and when I get these emails I usually tell them so.
Post # 5
Yeah I think it’s dumb as well. I admit I did comment on my SIL’s status update where I “like it”, but that was more to fit in with her than to actually raise awareness lol.
Post # 6
If you really want to raise breast cancer awareness, do something about it, volunteer, give money, share facts. Secretly saying where your handbag is (making it sound like something it isn’t) does nothing for the cause, it jsut makes the posters look naive.
Post # 7
I saw people last year (I think) posting the color of their bras… It took me forever to figure out, and it means absolutely nothing to the cause of breast cancer, just posting something silly and ambiguous doesn’t teach anyone anything except to respond to a silly joke.
Post # 8
I went on a rant about this last year on my fb because it was so annoying and didn’t accomplish anything. the person who sent it to me got her back up and got all pissy, i said if you want to “raise awareness” then RAISE some money for research!! Do a walk, or charity events… but posting something on your fb is not going to give more research dollars to the cause…
Post # 9
@CTbride2010: Raising awareness and raising money are two separate issues. I don’t think breast cancer even needs any more of the former, unless it’s more specific than breast cancer exists.
I do think there are times when raising awareness utilizing FB is useful.
Post # 10
@Deejayelle: I hate them and think they’re stupid, personally.
Post # 11
I think some causes need awareness–like that men CAN get breast cancer or heinous large-scale crimes, or child abductions.
But 99% of people know what breast cancer is. I think it’s time to move on to raising money for research or helping people with breast cancer!
Post # 12
HATE, HATE them! Haven’t seen any this year.
Post # 13
I think they’re worse than useless.
Making people feel like they’ve done something when they really haven’t, therefore making them less inclined to actually do something to help prevent cancer. (and I’m all about prevention, not funding pharma in its eternal quest for profitable “cures”.)
Don’t get me started on the pink crap.
Post # 14
@joya_aspera: “I think they’re worse than useless.
Making people feel like they’ve done something when they really haven’t, therefore making them less inclined to actually do something to help prevent cancer.“
I had to wait a very scary two weeks to see a Breast Clinic Specialist last month after my GP found three suspicious lumps (which thankfully were all dense breast tissue) and I think because of that, this is pissing me off more than usual.
Post # 15
Things you can ACTUALLY do to raise awareness/make a difference:
1. Run a 5K and fund raise. Advertise and ask for donations on social media.
2. Buy awareness bracelets, t-shirts, water bottles, etc. from a reputable non-profit. Post a link on social media and encourage your friends to do the same.
3. Donate to non-profits which support women fighting cancer and/or their families.
4. Look up a local family on MealTrain facing a cancer diagnosis and volunteer to cook them dinner, send a gift card, or order take-out for them.
5. If you’re a runner or cyclist, download the CharityMiles app and run it anytime you exercise.
6. If your hair is long, commit to a big chop and donate it to an organization which makes wigs for women with cancer (like Pantene Beautiful Lengths — Locks of Love only makes wigs for kids)
Things you can do if you want to pretend to care about cancer:
1. Post a vague/intentionally sexual status about “where you like it” or the color of your bra.
2. Buy items just because they are pink or have a pink ribbon on them, without actually researching how much of your purchase actually goes to charity. Some of those items are basically giving nothing to charity. Do your homework.
Post # 16
Another thing you can do is Sign up for a monthly reminder (and have your friends do the same) for a reminder to do your self check! There are lots of sights and apps you can use! I get a monthly email from here! http://www.checkyourboobies.org/remindersystem/remindersystem/ I suggest everyone setting up a montly reminder!