Thursday, 17 October 2013

How You're Not Raising Awareness On Facebook

Hey girls it's that time again! Let's post cryptic statuses that have nothing to do with a cause and alienate half the population!

This morning I received a Facebook message (I wont say who from as it's no reflection on her at all) saying the same usual thing that does the rounds every october.
Hi Girls, One of my friends has suggested that we women should do something special on facebook in order to increase awareness of October Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's so easy to do, that I'd love you to join in to make this a memorable online event. Last year, the idea was to post the color of the bra you were wearing on facebook...and it left men wondering for days, why women were posting colors, seemingly at random. This year's game has to do with your handbag/purse, where we put our handbag the moment we get home; for example "I like it on the couch", "I like it on the kitchen counter", "I like it on the dresser". Let's get the purse in as well and see how powerful we women really are!!!

I'm seething after reading it again, so lets go through the ways that this and other similar "awareness campaigns" are just rubbish:

  1. How can anyone learn anything from a cryptic message? Awareness is pretty much the opposite of secrets.
  2. It has nothing to do with the cause and the posts don't even mention it.
  3. Shouldn't we be educating men instead of alienating them? Men get cancer and in a lot of female cases its a male partner that finds the lump.
These things annoy me no end, because it gives people that sense that they're doing good when they've just wrote the colour of their bra on Facebook.

If you would actually like to do some good, educate your friends! Post a status or a link to a fact about a cause or campaign you are passionate about and be involved in discussions. That's really the only way that those who aren't medically trained can help causes or fight illnesses.

What do you think?

1 comment :

  1. To be frank, these messages that I KEEP getting on Facebook get on my chuffing tits! A couple of years ago I did a status about it, saying bloody do Race For Life, donate, don't do puerile shit like this. It helps no one, it's quite bloody offensive to people with cancer and it makes me angry! x


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