Can someone back up and tell me how the fck these memes* raise breast cancer awareness? Updating my status to indicate where I’m moving (month = where you’re moving, day = how many months you are moving for) to me indicates nothing more than lack of independent thought and understanding. And the bit in the email about telling the guys? What the hell? Frankly, I’m a little jealous of them because at least they don’t get this sht in their inbox.
Not posting your take on the meme doesn’t mean your mum or sister will get breast cancer. Equally, it doesn’t mean they won’t. Checking your breasts, having mammograms and looking after yourself also don’t mean they won’t get breast cancer, but at least it can be detected early.
These memes really piss me off (clearly). My facebook status at time of writing is:
If you want to know more about breast cancer (or bowel cancer which my mum suffered, or liver cancer which ultimately killed her, or brain tumours which killed my uncle, or lung cancer which killed my Pop or skin cancer which affects so many or any of the other 200+ cancers), I’d suggest starting at Cancer Research UK (or even google.com)
Lauren (from Texas) posted about these memes last time. More eloquently than I can hope to. More links as well.
* For the record, I’ve broken ranks and posted a copy of the meme below. I’ve received it from some seriously educated people, and in a a few incarnations but here’s the most recent so if nothing else, at least you can work out when your friends' birthdays are:
Ladies, it is that time of year again! It is time to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.
Remember the status about our bra color or where we put our purse?? It made more people aware of the problem as it went viral on FB and made the news.
Don't tell any MEN what the status means! Copy, and resend this message to all your girl friends, let's see if we can make it work like before, keep them guessing, let's see if we make the news!
The idea is to use you birthdate, month and day only, no year!
Write: "I am going to live in (see corresponding city for your BD month below) for (day of your BD) months and a happy face
Ex. if your BD was on February 14th, then
" I am going to live in London for 14 months!!!!
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 - Colombia
p.s. Ironic much?