Las Vegas for 2 months ….Breast Cancer Awareness?
If you are female and have a Facebook account, you may or may not know from the title of this post what I’m getting at.
The new ‘breast cancer awareness’ round robin is back and this time it’s even more abstract and pointless than ever.
The idea is, you update your status with a place name, mapped to your month of birth and the day on which you were born is the number of months you’re going to spend at said place. Apparently, the last game about the bra colour or where you leave your handbag “made national news and reminded everyone why we’re doing this and helped raise awareness”.
The great new addition this year is that you reveal your date of birth (not something that everyone wants to do) and make people worry that you’re moving away- what an innovative way of increasing awareness of breastcancer! Not to mention the fact that all of this must be kept secret from the men. Who can also get breast cancer. Didn’t think of that one, did you?
Seriously though, I’ve tried to see the point and have wracked my brains over how that message landing in my inbox and me updating my status accordingly is going to raise awareness of breast cancer in any other way than making me aware that breast cancer exists and confusing my Facebook friends. The conclusion: A headache.
Just as I am aware of breast cancer, I’m also aware that homelessness exists: I see homeless people all over the place in Berlin. It doesn’t however mean that I’m going to do anything positive to help those people unless I am given the opportunity / shown how. And that is exactly what is missing in this message. Where’s a link to somewhere I can donate? I know breast cancer exists. I have breasts. What does that mean for me?
Actions count. Updating your Facebook status does not.
On that note, here are some links for information on breastcancer prevention and further ways you can help raise funds: