If any of you have been on Facebook or Twitter lately (which has, of course, turned into a redundant question at this point), you’ll have noticed a lot of girls tweeting and putting up statuses about how they’re moving to Germany or Mexico or London or WHEREVER for about 1 to 30 months. When I first saw this I didn’t really get it and I had to do some asking around before I finally got to an answer from a friend who was equally as confused as I was. Apparently, all these woman were OBVIOUSLY talking about Breast Cancer awareness. ADOY!
As someone who has personally lost a number of people (3 to be exact) to breast cancer this kind of thing REALLY ANNOYS ME. It annoyed me last year when women were suddenly talking about what color bra they were wearing (SAY WHAAA…!) and it annoys me now when they’re relating freaking cancer to holiday destinations! Apparently the point behind this ingenious plan is to get people so curious about what the hell these women are talking about that, when prompted to ask, they then receive the answer “Why, Breast Cancer, of course!” This is, in turn, supposed to make people more aware.
Okay. Problem is that if you want to raise breast cancer awareness, obscure references on Facebook to your bra color or wherever the hell you’re going for however long aren’t going to do a single thing for BREAST CANCER. You know what might? Using your status update to list the people you’ve lost to breast cancer, or the dates you lost them. Not this coy “Let’s get the boys to wonder what we’re talking about” nonsense, which is THE OPPOSITE OF AWARENESS. It has little to do with anything whatsoever!
But wait! How else will we gain awareness for a serious cause if we don’t horribly confuse people?
COME ON, PEOPLE.
So, just to recap on the complete useless nature of this movement of uselessness and for all the people who are just as uselessly confused as I was:
1) YOU CAN’T RAISE AWARENESS OF SOMETHING IF NO ONE KNOWS WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.
2) As mentioned, both this year and last year, there was a blind trend kind of drift where people stopped even connecting it to breast cancer…
3) …which gives a good suggestion of what this is really about: baiting people with vague innuendo for attention. Tee hee!
4) I’m pretty sure we’re all aware of breast cancer at this point. This needs to be about something more useful, like reminding people of the prevalence of it (which would be the point of, say, listing people you care about who have had it) and thus the need for regular exams and early detection. “Hurr hurr, she’s moving to Las Vegas, dude” DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT.
I have had two close family members and a close childhood friend stolen from me by breast cancer. I’m not moving anywhere and HEY! MY BRA IS NOT YOUR BUSINESS. Just make sure you get checked up on a regular basis cause if it can hit my life three times, it can just as easily and rapidly hit yours if you’re not careful.
All my love!