Stupid Facebook ‘breast cancer awareness’ posts

If you are female, you’ve probably had at least one message on Facebook saying something along these lines:

 “Shh, don’t tell the boys but post your shoe size in inches, the number of weeks by multiplying your birthday with your starsign, how many seconds you think it would take you to get David Tennent naked*, where you like to keep your handbag, as your Facebook status and it will magically help promote breast cancer awareness.”

Cue the sound of sighing and the rolling of eyes.

Help promote breast cancer awareness? Really? How? We are not even supposed to tell half the population of the world – the men – despite the fact that they too can contract breast cancer. And the status updates don’t mention breast cancer. There are no links to websites where people can read more, no helpful information about how often one should check oneself, no, well, anything.

Here’s an idea, if you want to help fight against breast cancer click this link to the breast cancer site. There you can click a button which will give a free mammogram to someone that needs it.

And if you want to raise breast cancer awareness, try using the words breast cancer and following them with some useful information.

But they’re just a bit of fun, Heather you misserable, sour-faced old crone!

Meh, bite me.

For further reading about those annoying posts, their pointlessness and the upset they can cause, have a read of these blogs:

Regarding the Facebook Breast Cancer Awareness Games

It does not raise awareness I swear

Not pregnant and not craving – the truth about breast cancer awareness

*I may or may not have made that one up. And the answer is 4.

 

72 Comments on Stupid Facebook ‘breast cancer awareness’ posts

  1. Joanna Cannon
    September 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm (3 years ago)

    Completely agree. In the time it takes to post a ridiculous Facebook status, you could post something constructive and useful about breast cancer awareness (or any other awareness you happen to be interested in). It’s the same with the ’99% of people won’t post this’ updates. Boring, pointless and smug.

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    • Heather
      September 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

      agreed

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  2. liveotherwise
    September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

    Here here. And I’m so posting this to facebook ;)

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    • liveotherwise
      September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Or is it hear hear? I’m never sure. And the pedant in me is unhappy.

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      • Heather
        September 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

        It’s hear hear, but i’ll let you off :D

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  3. Nevyn McAnferny
    September 4, 2011 at 3:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Well said.

    Just don’t get me started on the race for life and how men aren’t allowed to run…….

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    • Heather
      September 4, 2011 at 4:00 pm (3 years ago)

      They’re not? What is that all about?

      Sorry, you did say *don’t* get you started, didn’t you?

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      • Nevyn McAnferny
        September 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm (3 years ago)

        The idea is that a lot of women are intimidated by “serious male runners” and that banning men, bans those runners, and makes a more friendly open atmosphere, leading to more women racing.

        I think it’s sexist, generalising and demeaning to both sexes at the same time. Which is quite a feat.

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        • Heather
          September 5, 2011 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

          what a patronising load of twaddle. Why are people constantly telling us we ought to be afraid of men, we can’t be as good as them, we should feel intimidated by them etc? Grrr

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      • hannah
        June 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm (2 years ago)

        oiii my grandad ded of cancer now whach what u say …………. a lot of people can get afended by this mesage !!!!!!!!!!!!!111 i am doing race 4 life

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        • Helen Thomson
          January 13, 2013 at 1:48 am (2 years ago)

          Hannah, nobody is saying it’s wrong for people to do the ‘Race for Life’! Just that men lose people they love through cancer too! So why are MEN not allowed to join in the race as well? If the majority of women are REALLY intimidated by the presence of men, that is shocking and discriminatory! If the Race For Life organisers maintain that is the reason for banning men (even though it is sexist, AND ridiculous!), why do they not organise one for men as well! Surely the more people run, the more money and awareness is raised! Which is obviously what we ALL want! It’s a no-brainer! And I don’t see why those comments above warrant you saying that people need to watch what they say! Nor how they can be construed as offensive to ANYONE! I understand that you lost your granddad to cancer! Cancer hits one in three of us! Which is why there are so many people that WANT to do the Race for Life! We are just talking about the fact that it seems counter-productive to restrict people from entering! Thus reducing the potential amount of money that COULD be raised if EVERYONE were allowed to take part!

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  4. Clare Kirkpatrick
    September 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

    Brilliant post! How did it take me so long to find this blog! :-/

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

      Well it’s about time you got here! Tsk. *peers at watch* What time do you call this? :)

      Glad you found me, it’s nice to have you here.

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  5. Lynn MacDonald
    September 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

    This is spot on and unbelievably, just YESTERDAY someone asked me what I thought about these FACEBOOK memes and I said they were annoyingly stupid.

    I don’t do them or support them. Give info or money already!

    Well put Heather

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

      Exactly! well said.

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  6. Posh Totty
    September 4, 2011 at 7:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Well said, about time someone stood up and said exactly what I have been thinking for a while now, Stupid Facebook! Well done for standing up (theoretically of course lol) and speaking out about it :) Xxx

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

      I’m glad it’s not just me that thinks this. i thought I may get lynched :D

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  7. Steve
    September 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Totally agree. Spot on. How is confusing men going to aid breast cancer awareness?

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    • Heather
      September 9, 2011 at 9:43 am (3 years ago)

      as much fun as confusing men is, it’s really not helping anyone, is it?

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  8. Emily O
    September 4, 2011 at 9:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Well said. I HATE these things, they’re just the online equivalent of chain letters. I don’t think awareness of breast cancer needs to be raised any higher but much needed funding is needed for research and support for people affected. Does anyone who sends these crappy things out donate anything? Next time they do I’d like to see them donate fifty quid.

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

      A compulsory donation of £50 for anyone that takes part in these stupid things should be mandatory. I like your thinking.

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  9. Claire Hyder
    September 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Hadn’t seen the pregnancy one… that is a step too far.

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

      tis a bit, eh?

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  10. Midlife Singlemum
    September 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I so agree with you. And if you value my comment please send a copy of it to five wonderful women within the next five seconds and see what happens. Go on, you’ll be surprised… I can’t bear any of these manipulative messages that do no one any good.

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 8:23 am (3 years ago)

      99% of people won’t read this comment, but if you send it now to 687 wonderful women that deserve to know how much you cherish them flowers will grow out of your ears.

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  11. linda@adventuresinexpatland.com
    September 5, 2011 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you, thank you. I don’t mind a bit of fun IF it included something remotely helpful. It ranks up there with the invitations to play various insipid games and gifts of free Leprechaun gold coins, unicorn cocktails and the like. At some point you’d think my family/friends would notice THAT I NEVER EVER RESPOND!!!

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    • Heather
      September 5, 2011 at 9:21 am (3 years ago)

      unicorn cocktails? Why have i never been offered a unicorn cocktail? do they make them from real unicorns, do you think?

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  12. Iota
    September 5, 2011 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

    OK, well I feel I have the right to comment on this – though somewhat tangentially, since I’m not a Facebooker.

    I really cringe at some of the popularisation – or whatever the word is – of the breast cancer message. I can’t bear “save the ta-tas” and I don’t like “coppafeel”. I put aside my irritation because I’m guessing there’s a generation growing up now for whom a slogan like “coppafeel” is more memorable than “do monthly breast exams”, and if my middle-aged sensibilities are just a weeny bit offended, but some other women are encouraged to do self-exams, then that’s a fair trade.

    So what am I trying to say? I think it’s some muddled thought like this… The last thing we need is for breast cancer to be hi-jacked by the weird and destructive over-sexualisation of EVERYTHING to do with being a woman that seems to be a hallmark of our culture. Can you imagine the same happening for testicular cancer? Ads with pouty women saying “I’ll feel your testicles for you”, or slogans making puns about ball games. No. Or what about ovarian or uterine cancer – the other women’s cancers? You can’t imagine them being turned into games. I just don’t think these are joking matters. But breasts are.

    You have clarified something for me. I have always felt uneasy with the way breast cancer charities have adopted pink, and then marketed everything under the sun in pink, and called it “raising awareness” (we have some pink secateurs, which I think I bought in a moment of wry humour around the time of my breast cancer surgery – Husband was pruning a tree with them only yesterday). I digress. What you have clarified is this: my unease is to do with the girlification of breast cancer. Pink is associated with girls, little girls, babies and toddlers. Any self-respecting 7 year old will tell you she’s grown out of pink. So the adoption of pink as the breast cancer colour is somehow to girlify the disease. But little girls don’t get breast cancer. It’s a grown-up woman’s disease, and deserves to be treated as such.

    It’s a good thing I’m not on Facebook. I guess I’d be one of the ones who found what you’re talking about rather upsetting.

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    • Heather
      September 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

      I think these days we’ve probably all lost someone we care about to cancer, haven’t we? And although the puns and silly slogans can be a nauseating, I don’t mind them if it helps – save the ta tas for example, it’s obvious what it’s all about and having a bit of fun and a laugh around an issue that is so serious and painful, well, it helps I think. It helps people talk about it. Stops it being too scary to talk about – I’m not sure i’m making much sense.

      the baby pink colour associated with breast cancer awareness makes me uneasy too, for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on.

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    • Megan
      December 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm (3 years ago)

      Actually, most cancers have designated colors. The pink campaign is just more successful. Purple is for lymphoma, I believe, and many would consider purple a “cute” color– and it’s not a cute disease. I think it’s simply a way to market awareness however possible– and pink, a “girl” color, is actually quite memorable. I’m an adult woman with a history of breast cancer in my family who isn’t a fan of pink and is a true feminist, and I don’t give a crap about what the color might mean. It stuck, and it seems to help. The real campaigns work (and I do mean real– not the Facebook status b.s.). This is a disease that affects everybody, and these campaigns force the subject so that less people consider it “a female problem” only. I only wish that other “female problems” were as popular, accessible, and public as breast cancer awareness. Or, better yet, that the many “female problems” were as easy to talk about as erectile dysfunction and Viagra…but that’s a whole different discussion…

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  13. Ashley
    September 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I totally understand how all these facebook statuses seem ridiculous, but you will have to admit it makes you curious. When you see many of your friends posting the same status but in a slightly different way, everyone wants to know what they means. Even the men would want to know. I agree that just being straight out and giving a person a link to read about breast cancer would seem more practical, but sadly people tend to just ignore those statuses. I remember one year, I had friends posting the color of their bra. Many were curious as to what these random color statuses were for and what did they all mean. I remembered I went and googled it. It brought breast cancer awareness to me and I’m sure to many fo the men too. These “pointess” statuses are poking at your curiosity making you WANT to know more. Once you have the attention, you can then reveal the hidden message behind these statuses which raises awareness to the cause.

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    • Ashley
      September 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Sorry for they typos. I’m really bad at typing with my phone’s keyboard.*mean
      *of

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    • Neeta
      September 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

      “These “pointess” statuses are poking at your curiosity making you WANT to know more. Once you have the attention, you can then reveal the hidden message behind these statuses which raises awareness to the cause.”

      Except they aren’t, and they don’t. As it happens, the average dude on Facebook doesn’t give two shits about measurements being posted in random women’s statuses unless they pertain to his dick somehow. Who cares when the gross pornulation of breat cancer awareness ads that actually DO spell it out is already doing it for them?

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    • Heather
      September 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm (3 years ago)

      I struggle with the whole awareness thing to be honest. We all know that breast cancer exists, so other than its existence (of which I assume you were already aware) what exactly did bra colour statuses make you more aware of?

      Sorry, it sounds like i’m having a go at you. and I’m not. I glad you feel it helped you in some way, I’m just not sure I understand what in way it did help…

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  14. Neeta
    September 5, 2011 at 10:09 pm (3 years ago)

    And it’s not just the fact that men can get breast cancer too – it happens, but that’s not the point. The point is that every man on the planet has a mother and a grandmother, maybe aunts, maybe sisters and female cousings, girlfriends, wives, exes, female employees or employers, et cetera. A life-threatening illness like breast cancer in any one of those women to whom Dude X’s life is connected WILL affect said dude’s life in some way. They need to know this shit too.

    “Not telling the boys” is in some way a sick twist on the old playground dynamic of kids leaving other kids out of the in-group so the outsiders can stand by and be jealous of all the FUN the in-group is having while allowing others on board. It sickens me that this dynamic is brought into cancer awareness of all things, as if OMG LADIES THIS OUR MOMENT TO SHINE! In the limelight of BREAST CANCER! It makes me want to cry and beat up people at the same time.

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    • Neeta
      September 6, 2011 at 12:30 am (3 years ago)

      *cousins. Damn this thing for not having an edit function.

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    • Heather
      September 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm (3 years ago)

      It is perpetuating this strange girls against boys, men against women, battle of the sexes thing, isn’t it? You’d think we’d have grown out that by now, eh?

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  15. Michelle
    September 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I will bite you then Heather… much more fun….which is also why I do those things! I will remember not to include you next time though x

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    • Michelle
      September 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Last time, I did actually rewrite the email bit to include the men… as I thought it would be more appropriate. Not sure why I didnt this year.. but I should have. It would have been a laugh to see 10″ for 5 seconds on some guys status! :D

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    • Heather
      September 9, 2011 at 9:47 am (3 years ago)

      ha ha, thank you :)

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  16. Dorvell Stewart
    September 9, 2011 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

    I got so unbelievably pissed when I found out what this kind of thing is supposedly for today! Seriously, how does a bunch of girls making themselves sound like either dirty whores, pregnant or both raise awareness for something so devistating? I even went so far as to ask the girls on my friend list if they truly care about raising awareness for breast cancer (or any cancer for that matter) because from the way they do it, many would regard the whole thing as a joke. Can you imagine the kind of reaction us men would get if we took up similar means to raise awareness for prostate cancer? What these people need to do is get off facebook and their lazy asses, and actually do something productive to help find a cure for breast, prostate, lung, throat, colan, well any kind of cancer. Slactivism does nothing! Ok, I’m done ranting. Thanks for the post, Heather!

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    • Heather
      September 9, 2011 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

      Slactisvism – good word!

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  17. Dorvell Stewart
    September 9, 2011 at 7:51 am (3 years ago)

    I wonder what’s next?

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    • Heather
      September 9, 2011 at 9:48 am (3 years ago)

      i’ve no idea but I’m sure of one thing, whatever it is it won’t be any help what so ever for being suffering with cancer.

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  18. Allison
    September 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Well I tried to post something along these lines on facebook and I instantly got a message from a girl saying it was incredibly “rude” and “obnoxious” of me to put this, and that she was soooo offended and so were others. She said that has lots of friends that have suffered through miscarriages and breast cancer, and that they are ALL fine with it. And, by posting this, I was saying I don’t support them, that I think their cause is dumb, etc. She also said I made her feel like an idiot for posting the fake pregnancy (which, shouldn’t she?!) and that she shouldn’t have to “walk on eggshells” around women who have had miscarriages, trying not offend them! Anyway, I took the post down, replacing it with another that aplogized for “offending everyone” (her words, not mine), and that it wasn’t my intention, but instead it was to raise awareness from the other side of the coin & show how this “awareness” rally could really be hurting others! Gosh. What an idiot.

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    • Dorvell Stewart
      September 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm (3 years ago)

      Agreed that that person’s an idiot! I don’t like to offend people either, but sometimes they need to hear this kind of thing.

      How is telling those who post these rediculous statuses that they’re doing nothing to help raise awareness for breast cancer offend some of them?

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    • Sarah Nelson
      November 18, 2011 at 10:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Holy crap, I got the SAME flack when I was against that one! When my friends on Twitter who have had miscarriages were just as offended as I was. Just because YOU’RE not offended, doesn’t mean no one else is! GAH.

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    • Anthony Mueller
      January 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm (3 years ago)

      When you put someone out there and they truly see their own mistakes, don’t feel bad when they try to turn the tables on you. It’s natural for the human mind to immediately point the finger. Allow the person to rant/vent and let them sit and think about their own actions. Trying to stick your hands into a fire will only get you burnt. Our/your job is to only spread the message and let God do the rest of the work.

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  19. cgwardphotography
    September 30, 2011 at 6:06 am (3 years ago)

    hey thanks for including my blog :)

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  20. Sarah Nelson
    November 18, 2011 at 11:00 pm (3 years ago)

    A link to this blog is now my stardard response to those stupid requests. Just got a new one today: put a heart as your status. Just a heart. And tell all your girlfriends OMG! I gave them my standard arguments, then googled “Facebook breast cancer,” found this and posted a link on my wall. Spreading it around on Twitter too. This needed to be said! Thank you!

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    • Dorvell Stewart
      November 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm (3 years ago)

      So the next one just involves putting hearts?

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  21. David Sanchez
    January 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    The last thing these “Cancer Charities” like ACS and others want is …(wait for it)… a cure for cancer. Then they’d have to get real jobs.

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  22. Anthony Mueller
    January 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you for posting this, it was well needed. I was just sitting here thinking to myself as someone informed me of these “hidden” posts, “Now why would you want to hide that from people?” — Made no sense to me and now I see I am not the only one. :P

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  23. 1Carolinagirl1
    January 11, 2012 at 7:01 am (3 years ago)

    You all say how stupid the Breast Carcer Meme on facebook are. Guess what? It worked, you are all talking about it and that is the purpose as bumb as it may seem.

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    • Amoir
      January 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm (3 years ago)

      No, we are not talking about breast cancer, we are talking about stupid facebook “awarness” campaigns. Which are annoyinly stupid. I know about breast cancer, far too well. It’s insulting to play these ridiculous games. Just post a like to a breast cancer site or some info. Cut the crap already. HAve some respect for those who have suffered or have people who are close to them who have sufferd and even died from it. I’m pretty sure they don’t care about games but wish they’d been more proactive about getting info and diagnosis.

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      • Helen Thomson
        January 13, 2013 at 2:13 am (2 years ago)

        Well said Amoir! Carolinagirl is obviously one of the people that sends these stupid things out! If telling someone where you put your handbag or what your shoe size is REALLY makes you more aware of this horrific disease, how money can be raised to try to find a cure for it, or what to look out for when you check your own breasts, then I’d be all for it! And if you think it DOES raise awareness, then you are sadly deluded or so incredibly stupid that you think just changing your status actually WILL result in a cure for ANY cancer! It’s patronising! And the fact that she doesn’t even realise that makes me understand why people DO patronise her!

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  24. T
    January 20, 2012 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

    I totally agree Heather. I’ve put this link up on my facebook page

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    • Dorvell Stewart
      January 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm (3 years ago)

      I loved that post you linked to, Lisa! I’ll be sure to share it on my facebook page and hopefully, educate some of the people who might engage in another one of those games.

      I have to ask: You mentioned in your blog that you got word that another game was about to begin. Any idea how this one will be played? That is to say, what will all the women of facebook be asked to post that causes the minds of men to go into the gutter in the hopes that said posts will somehow raise awareness for breast cancer?

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      • Lisa
        January 21, 2012 at 12:09 am (3 years ago)

        It goes like this:

        “Okay pretty ladies, it’s that time of year again…support of Breast Cancer Awareness!! So we all remember last year’s game of writing your bra color as your status? Or the way we like to have our handbag handy? 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 statuses mean…keep them guessing!! And please copy and paste (in a message) this to all your female friends! It’s time to confuse the men again (not that it’s really that hard to do ;]) The idea is to choose the month you were born and the day you were born. Pass this on to the GIRLS ONLY and lets see how far it reaches around. The last one about the bra went around all over the world. Your status should say: “I am going to________________for___________ months.”

        The day you were born should be for how many months you are going.

        January–Mexico
        February– London
        March–Miami
        April—Dominican Republic
        May–France
        June– St Petersburg
        July–Austria
        August–Germany
        September–New York
        October–Amsterdam
        November– Las Vegas
        December– Columbia”

        Barf.

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        • Dorvell Stewart
          January 21, 2012 at 1:35 am (3 years ago)

          Well, at least it doesn’t have anything to do with where you like your handbag using sexually suggestive lingo, or posting a fake pregnancy status along with what you’re craving.

          I wonder if I should re-post that game’s rules to my facebook page and then link to your blog? I probably shouldn’t, as I’m a guy. Hahaha! I think what I’ll do is ask if anyone’s received that message, put it in quotes and then say something like, “Well, Breast Cancer is no game. How about spreading something educational around the web for a change”?

          As a side note, I really wish the person or people who come up with these would come on here and tell us where they get these ideas, but we all know they won’t because this blog calls them out on how stupid and pointless, not to mention heart-renching these games are.

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          • Lisa
            January 21, 2012 at 3:25 am (3 years ago)

            Well, I’m glad you’ll share my post on your fb page!!

  25. Kelly Kimbrough
    September 23, 2012 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

    VolkgOk…Shush the Bah-Humbugs…all of you should be ashamed of yourselves! These Facebook posts are intended to be FUN (and YES, it IS still considered okay and socially acceptable to implement a bit of levity when discussing/advocating for a serious cause!) The fact that you all truly see no connection between these silly posts and a more widespread awareness of breast cancer simply baffles me! Consider this: each person who posts one of these mysterious comments will (or will already have) immediately try to find out more about the origin of the messages…which will clearly involve a little research…resulting in this person acquiring a bit more knowledge of the issue…GREATER AWARENESS… and we ALL know that men, being the innately curious creatures that they are, will obviously research the posts themselves… they will be completely defenseless against the urge to satisfy their curiosity… hence, men will gain further knowledge as well!!! Furthermore, the people who would be apt to donate to the cause will do so…whether or not they participate in the Facebook games…so…lighten up, solve the problem at hand…which obviously involves getting your collective “panties out of their wads”!

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    • Dorvell
      September 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Points taken, Kelly. Yes, men are going to be curious about these random statuses, but let’s be real here. What do you think will cross a man’s mind first upon seeing multiple statuses from our female facebook friends saying things like, “I like it on the kitchen counter,” “I like it on the dresser,” “I’m…” insert number of weeks “and craving” insert random food? I can’t speak for every man on the planet, but I can say that Breast Cancer was hardly the first thing that popped into my head upon reading a lot of those; More like wondering how many of my friends were whores or pregnant. Yes, I eventually got curious and researched it (thus proving your point,) and was disgusted by what I found.

      For one thing, why are women required to leave us out of it when it’s possible for us to get breast cancer as well (all be it in smaller percentages)?

      For another, does Breast Cancer honestly need anymore awareness? We all know it exists (to the point that I could argue it has overshadowed other forms of cancer,) and chances are we all have a friend, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, mother, father, grandma, grandpa etc who has been diagnosed with it, has survived it or has died from it.

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  26. Julie
    September 27, 2012 at 5:53 am (2 years ago)

    These campaigns are “slacktivism” at its finest.
    Not to mention they ruin support and awareness-raising for their own causes as well as others. Last spring I tried to host an event for support of Endometriosis research. I organized it from the ground up, and put my own time and money and hope into it. I had a meager goal donation of $450 that I had told the ERC I was planning on writing a cheque for. I was excited! I was doing something REAL for a cause that affects my daily life. A month later, I had to write them a letter (while bawling my eyes out) saying that I wasn’t able to make the donation, and heartbrokenly explain why.
    It was an event and campaign to raise awareness for the very reason it failed.
    I was told that “it’s not like it’s cancer or anything,” and that it was just another one of those pointless campaigns started by the same people who do the bra colour, etc ones.
    My mailbox gets flooded with requests to join in with the secret “slacktivism”. Now, I send a response to every request: do the runs, volunteer, or donate REAL money.
    Liking statuses and posting stupidity does nothing, and ruins campaigns that are ACTUALLY trying to help.

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  27. Kaitlin
    November 21, 2012 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

    Wait…how do you multiply your birthday by your star sign. O.o Oh well because obviously saying you are raising awareness for something that is a widely known problem rather then donating money or hair or other such helpful items obviously makes you a helpful person.

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  28. sarah
    March 27, 2013 at 12:51 am (1 year ago)

    Im 13 and i did do the month one about 20 mins ago and hadnt realisednhow many people were offended. Theres now loads of statuses on my newsfeed with the places and number of months and loads of people have now said there going to look it up. Which will result in them finding out breast cancer awarness. Im sorry if me posted it offemded anyone . I have however and my friends have aswell done sponsered silences and fun days to raise money.My family has raised thousands.

    It would probably be better to put a ribbon symbol instead as most people know what that means andbit makes more sense

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  29. Roderick Berstler
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