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Are you noticing some strangely sexual Facebook statuses from your friends lately?
“I like it on the floor.”
“I like it on the bed.”
“I like it on the table.”
When I first opened my Facebook page and saw the news feed packed with these types of statuses, I thought, “What on Earth is this pop culture reference that I seemed to have missed out on?”
Luckily, a friend from high school posted a link detailing the reasoning behind this rapid-fire Facebook phenomenon: In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people have been encouraging one another to post “odd” statuses saying where they like to place their purses in order to cultivate awareness.
Using language that suggests something sexual is a great way to pique a reader’s interest, and social networking sites certainly are an effective way to reach out to an innumerable amount of people.
But this is attracting attention for the wrong reasons. The statuses may be funny, but breast cancer is not. No type of cancer is.
Watching my mother go through radiation therapy treatment as she was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was only 13 was not funny. Nor was watching her struggle through drug regimes, exhaustion and sickness.
Perhaps the use of this type of language in your status will encourage your Facebook friends to investigate a little further and learn that this is about awareness, not sex. I sure hope so. I just find this hard to believe when men are beginning to change their statuses as well.
With so many women affected by this cancer every year, naturally countless numbers of men will be affected as well. But when they begin posting statuses along the lines of “I like it in your hands”, these statuses begin to read with an air of mockery.
Last year, changing Facebook statuses in order to raise awareness was just as popular. Women were changing their statuses to the color of their bras or underwear, a less sexually suggestive route, but still not raising awareness in a truly beneficial way.
True awareness is telling your girlfriends to self-examine and to make sure to ask their physicians about mammograms.
All I ask is that in light of these statuses, we don’t lose sight of the fact that this disease needs true and honest awareness-especially when one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime, and 39,840 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2010 from this cancer.
I like it…if it’s being investigated and worked with in medical research labs. Only in medical research labs.
For more information on breast cancer statistics and awareness visit breastcancer.org.
Contact CU Independent Breaking News Editor Sarah Simmons at Sarah.email@example.com.